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Every day, 9am-5pm
Min. Age 
Suitable for all ages
Kubu River

Wind your way along meandering paths past ancient figs and native frangipani to arrive at the vast wetlands of Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Kubu River Hippos.

Spanning more than three hectares, Kubu River Hippos boasts deep river beds, reed-lined banks and superb landscapes to mirror the unique beauty and wonder of Africa’s Okavango Delta.

See our hippos up close from the semi-submerged barge, the Kubu Queen, or from the boardwalk, view them splashing through the water, grazing on the embankment or sunning themselves on the sand.

Jump on board our Safari Bus tour and experience the thrill of crossing the hippo river to explore the exhibit from a completely different angle.

When the weather’s warm, the hippo water play area overlooking the exhibit is a great place for kids to cool off. Parents can relax under the shade of thatched umbrellas while kids make a splash through jets, fountains and other assorted water play elements. Be sure to pack a change of dry clothes!

The Hippo Beach Cafe provides a further oasis to cool off with cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks available.

Daily Keeper Talks provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about these fascinating animals, their unique personalities and the plight of hippos in the wild.