African safaris can be a blast as long as you stay in the safety of your car while watching the animals. The animals in the wild are pretty territorial and will charge at anything they feel is threatening their territory, you won’t even know what hit you. Before you start on your next safari, make sure you know about these five most deadliest animals found in Africa.
The Black Mamba
The Black Mamba is not feared in east-central in southern Africa for nothing. It is the largest venomous snake and one of the most dangerous snakes. They’re not really black as their name would make you believe but are brown, olive skin with inky black mouths. When they feel threatened it can glide to speeds up to 12 miles an hour, adults reach an average of 8 feet in length. It is very aggressive when cornered and will not hesitate to strike. It strikes up to 12 times, each time delivering enough neuro and cardiotoxins venom to down a dozen men within an hour. Without anti-venom, the mortality rate is 100%.
Crocodiles have been around for about 200 million years, having even outlived dinosaurs. So, we already know that we’re dealing with an animal that has become well adapted over time. In Africa, they kill hundreds of people annually. The green eyed animal can be found in almost every major river throughout the continent as well as many lakes.
Most fatalities are caused by crocodiles of 10 feet or over and especially, when people are washing or collecting food near the river banks and lake shores. fishermen are most prone to attack as they slide their boats in and out of the water. Crocodiles attack by dragging their prey underwater and drowning them, others roll their bodies repeatedly to weaken them.
Hippopotamus is solely responsible for the most human fatalities in Africa than any other large animal. That enormous jaw with 20-inch canines is not there for nothing. Male hippos especially active ones and it will defend their territories at all cost. Females are also known to get extremely aggravated if they sense anyone coming in between them and their babies. Don’t think that with their big size, they can’t run because they have a speed of 20 miles per hour. Face-to-face with a crocodile, the hippos have been known to take them down easily.
The African Rhino comes in both black and white and their numbers are dropping at an alarming rate due to poaching. However, if you see one, I’d strongly advise you keep your distance. A recent report about a young woman being gored to death by a rhino in South Africa explains how untimely the death can be.
Rhinos are second in size to the elephant with a white rhino weighing in at 6,000 pounds. In addition, they’re short-sighted and bad-tempered which is a combination of dangerous. They’ll charge at full force and use their horns to kill or injure what they deemed to be dangerous or an annoyance to them.
Lions are found in protected areas throughout sub-Saharan Africa except in forests and deserts. These beasts are extremely dangerous, a report of 2005 shows that lion attacks on man were on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique. Male lions are mostly responsible for the deaths that occur among humans. Lions often kill their prey by strangulation, given that they are inactive for 20 hours a day. A sick lion will target a human because they’re easy prey. A male lion weighs 550 pounds, you wouldn’t stand a chance. The crocodile is the only known wild predator of the lion apart from the human.