Swimming with Monsters with Steve Backshall


Series 1 - Episode 2 Hippo



They don’t look too scary — too lumpy, too lumbering — but hippos are highly dangerous creatures. So no surprises, Steve Backshall’s right there. “This could be the most dangerous week of my life,” he says with some relish as he seeks another chance to put himself in harm’s way.

In Botswana’s Okavango Delta he wants to study how “Satan’s pig” operates underwater. But even trying to place a camera on the delta bed is tricky. Aggressive, fast and fiercely territorial, hippos take no prisoners. Can Steve and his team get the dream footage they’re after? The omens aren’t good…


The naturalist tries to swim with Africa's most dangerous animal, the hippopotamus, in an attempt to study its secret underwater behaviour.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Steve Backshall