From mighty beasts to annoying insects, these are the ten most dangerous African animals.
Africa is an exotic continent celebrated for its vibrant culture, traditional ways of life, impressive landscapes, and dynamic wildlife.
Here we round up the ten most dangerous African animals and trust us: there will be a few surprises.
10. African Rock Python – an aggressive predator
The African rock python is a force to be reckoned with. And while it is, in fact, a non-venomous snake, it is also an aggressive predator which you’d be wise to keep a good distance from.
Stretching up to 19.6 feet (6 metres) in length, this snake is best left undisturbed.
9. Elephant – keep distance from this gentle giant
Elephants are often seen as friendly giants, and while that’s true to a certain extent, these incredible creatures are also wild, willful, and one of the most dangerous African animals.
Weighing up to 7,000 kilograms, at around 13 feet (4 meters) in height, elephants are powerful beyond imagination. Approximately 500 people are killed each year by elephants, most of which result from being trampled.
8. Great White Shark – what lurks below the water
Although Hollywood blockbusters have taught us that great white sharks are human hunting predators, that is not the case. Sharks possess no natural instinct to hunt humans.
They remain one of the most deadly animals in Africa, however, as swimmers and surfers are commonly confused for seals or other marine creatures and are fatally bitten.
7. Rhinoceros – an icon of Africa
Weighing up to a whopping 2,800 kilograms, rhinoceros are among the most deadly species on the African continent.
With razor-sharp horns and a land speed of up to 64 kilometres (39.7 miles), these iconic creatures are not to be messed with.
6. Buffalo – the mighty beast
One of Africa’s Big Five game species – along with lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and elephant – these magnificent creatures are highly sought-after by safari sightseers and poachers alike.
Keep your distance, though: with aggressive horns and bodyweight of around 1.5 tons, African buffalos are a force to be reckoned with and one of the most deadly animals in Africa.
5. Black Mamba – the world’s fastest snake
The black mamba is the world’s fastest snake and one of the most dangerous African animals.
Not only are they the largest venomous snake on the continent and grow up to 8.2 feet (2.5 meters), but they can move at a whopping 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) per hour.
One bite alone carries enough venom to kill ten people, and 100% of bites are fatal if left untreated.
4. Crocodile – hidden in the depths
Hidden in the depths of murky water, shielding the sheer size of their reptile form from prying eyes, are crocodiles – one of the most dangerous African animals.
Cunning and patient, they laze along banks with only their eyes above the waterline, waiting for unwitting prey to come closer before dragging them into the water to drown before they feast.
At approximately 2,267 kilograms, they kill up to 3,000 people a year making them one of the most deadly animals in Africa.
3. Hippopotamus – don’t let appearances fool you!
Indeed hippos have become synonymous with happy faces and docile characters thanks to children’s literature, but don’t let appearances fool you: they are one of Africa’s deadliest predators.
Killing up to 3,000 people per year on the continent, they are territorial beasts of both land and offspring, so remember to keep a safe distance from these mighty creatures.
2. Puff Adder – the venomous snake
The Puff Adder is Africa’s most venomous snake and is responsible for up to 32,000 fatalities per year; this is mainly due to its thriving population and widespread distribution across the continent.
Growing up to 3.2 feet (1 metre) in length, they lie still and placid, even when disturbed. This leads to many victims accidentally stepping on them and receiving a venomous bite. If left untreated, death is a certainty.
1. Mosquito – the mini but mighty
It may come as a surprise, but the mosquito is Africa’s most dangerous species and kills up to 1,000,000 people per year.
Mini but oh so mighty, this nuisance of an insect not only causes fatalities in the millions but is a huge carrier of disease across the world. It has been linked to Malaria, West Nile virus, Yellow Fever, Zika virus, and Dengue Fever.