WATCH: Hippos bring traffic to a standstill as they cross the street in St Lucia

Africa’s deadliest land mammal, a hippopotamus. Picture: Unsplash

Africa’s deadliest land mammal, a hippopotamus. Picture: Unsplash

Published May 15, 2023


Road users at St Lucia, in the Umkhanyakude District of northern KwaZulu-Natal, were left stunned as a pair of hippopotamuses were seen casually strolling in the town.

The pair of hippos caused quite a stir, bringing traffic to a standstill as motorists allowed them to cross the street.

Claudia Wieman posted a video on TikTok titled, “Crazy things in South Africa 😱”.

@claudiawieman Just a hippo wandering around St. Lucia on a Saturday night 🦛🇿🇦 #hippo #southafrica #zuidafrika #nijlpaard #hippos #stlucia #fyp @joannauniwersal99 ♬ Big And Chunky -

In the video’s caption, Wieman said, “Just a hippo wandering around St Lucia on a Saturday night.”

Wieman’s video has received more than 75K views since it was posted.

One TikTok user, Sku, said: “I know an American is watching this thinking it’s an everyday occurrence.”

Another user, Chantel Skosana, responded: “Do people know how dangerous hippos are? 😭😭😭 why are they so close 😭😭😭😭.”

Mabel also commented: “Are we slowly turning into Australia? what’s happening? 😭💀.”

St Lucia is a wildlife haven and Lake St Lucia is the centrepiece of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The abundance of wildlife and natural beauty makes it a popular tourist destination.

It was also declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.

According to, hippos wandering the town’s streets at night in search of grass is a normal occurrence.

Hippos are among the most dangerous land animals, killing around 500 people in Africa every year, so caution is advised when coming into contact with these giants.

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