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Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the hippo – a massive animal that loves water which is where their name comes from – the ancient Greeks named them “river horses.” You might already know that a large male hippo can weigh well over three tons – but that’s just the start of some interesting things we’ve uncovered about hippos for today’s very special Africa Fact Friday.

Think you can outrun a 6,000 pound animal with tiny legs? Think again. Hippos, over short distances, can easily outrun a human and have been clocked at 20 miles an hour. This, and the fact that it is surprising that a hippo can run so fast, make the hippo one of the deadliest animals in Africa. Far more people die each year in hippo attacks than they do in elephant or lion attacks.

Hippo facts start early with the amazing. A baby hippo is born underwater and must swim to get its first breath. The average baby hippo is over four feet in length and weighs approximately one hundred pounds. They get big fast because hippos eat – a lot. They’ll often eat over one hundred pounds of vegetation during the day as they float around, let’s call that their lunch. For dinner, overnight, they will climb out of the water when it’s dark and eat another hundred and fifty pounds of grass.

Hippos are native to approximately 30 countries in Africa and our friends at African Impact run a lot of volunteer projects that you might want to check out if you are interested in seeing these really amazing creatures. But again, if you run into a hippo, don’t try and run away from the same hippo – see above.

Last week, we talked about how close chimpanzees are to humans so we are sure by now you are wondering – well what’s the hippo’s closest living relative? The answer is the whale.

If you were to run into a hippo and if you wanted to break the ice and have a chat, you could start by asking a hippo how they produce a natural sunscreen which is a very useful trait in Africa, and then when the conversation got going a bit, you could ask the question that we really want to know the answer to –

Mother hippos produce pink milk.

How the heck does that happen? Let us know what you find out.

Don’t forget – Travel On The Good can give you lots of great chances to see hippos – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa – they all have a lot of hippos. We’re especially big on the hippos in Zambia just so you know.

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TGIF – It’s Time For The Very First Africa Fact Friday. #africafactfriday

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Africa is a wonderful, amazing and mind-boggling place. That’s why we think it’s the best place in the world to visit and not only should it be on your bucket list, well, we think it IS the bucket list.

And at the top of the bucket list that is Africa, you have to go on a walking safari – there’s nothing in the world like being on the ground, walking around a tree and seeing elephants on the other side. And, at the top of the African walking safari bucket list is a walking safari in Botswana at Tuli Wilderness Camp.

But first, the facts of the day. You see, every Friday here at Travel On The Good, we’re going to share three facts about Africa and then we’re going to share one amazing deal as well. Here are today’s facts and if you have a fact that you would like to share, just tweet it out using the hashtag #africafactfriday.

Did you know that there are more people with Internet access in New York City alone than there are are in the whole of the continent of Africa? And when you consider that Africa is the second largest continent, that means there’s a lot of places in Africa where it’s pretty easy to go off line.

Speaking of the grid, every single day, 25% of the earth’s sunlight falls on Africa. It’s not just the size of the continent that makes this happen, it’s also where the continent is positioned on the globe.

Finally, the Nile stretches over 6,000 kilometers from start to finish. To give this some American perspective, imagine a river starting in Boston and then going to Los Angeles and then flowing up to Seattle and over to Idaho. No wonder people call the Nile the greatest river in the world.

So what’s the deal with Tuli Wilderness Camp in Botswana? Pretty amazing.

Today, the Tuli Wilderness Camp is offering a special Botswana Walking Safari package for two people for five nights anytime between now and November 15, 2014 for only $2,000.

Email us by end of day Monday July 28 for more information on this deal. james@travelonthegood.com will answer your questions quickly. And get ready to lace up your hiking boots.

Now, since we are Travel On The Good, and we put together these amazing deals so you can have the experience of the lifetime but also so that your hard-earned travel dollars really help in the communities that you are visiting, a portion of your trip’s price will be donated to Happy Africa Foundation.  Happy Africa Foundation is a remarkable group that works in communities all across Africa, focusing on issues such as health and nutrition, education and empowering families.

For this trip, a minimum of $100 per person will be donated to Happy Africa Foundation by Travel On The Good.

If you have a great Africa fact, please post it via #africafactfriday and we’ll retweet.

If you have any questions about Travel On The Good, again, please email James at james@travelonthegood.com. If, for example, you love Tuli but really want to go to Uganda, we can help with that as well – and your trip will help save the gorillas.

If you’re ready to go to Tuli and hit the ground walking, now you know why we say that Travel On The Good is the only way to save.