Stay Far Away from These Monsters on Your Safari
Africa has a rich biodiversity which is a big part of its identity. It’s hard to find any promotional advertising or branding of the continent without having its wildlife depicted there too. Though Africa isn’t a giant play pen, it’s not as if all its animals are domesticated and you can just wander round and pet your favourite creatures while posing for a photo. Most of the animals here are big, deadly predators that are still here because they have survived such a long time by holding their place at the top of the food chain. Safaris are the most popular way to see animals here but they infamously come with their own dangers too, in Africa it seems we are stepping on their territory. Some of these beasts hit particularly high body counts each year for different reasons, if you happen to be visiting, these are the ones you want to avoid.
It may seem like a no brainer to keep your distance from a Lion, but these great kings of the Jungle are still eating people on an annual basis. With intense strength, great agility and stamina these giant cats stalk and pounce on their prey. Their ability to sneak around in their habitat makes them a wary foe and this is one of the reasons people find themselves off guard when coming face to face with one.
This highly feared sidewinder can also be found in Africa’s plains, but these things can climb trees too so be careful. Known for an extremely potent venom; so toxic that only two drops could kill you, this aggressive critter should be avoided at all costs. As if this wasn’t enough, they are also the fastest snake in the world meaning your chances of escape are minimal.
Though Australia is famous for its crocs thanks to daytime TV animal handlers, Africa also houses many of these prehistoric amphibians. Crocodiles crush their prey in between their ridiculously powerful jaws applying up to 5000 pounds of pressure (the strongest bit in the world) with their razor-sharp teeth. Crocodiles are also stalkers, waiting by watering holes or semi-submerged in rivers waiting to pounce. Once their jaws lock in its game over for its prey.
You’d think the world’s fastest snake and the world’s strongest bite would be right at the top of the list but instead they are outdone by the beloved Elephant. These immense creatures can weigh over 13,000 pounds which means they are an immovable force, and one that is known to stampede. Much of the body count left behind by these emotional animals is a result of them being poached, retaliating against humans who will kill them for their ivory is common and objectively justified, though through generations of distrust, it’s likely that many have come to see all people as a threat.
This one may take you by surprise, though hippos are known for being hungry hungry, they aren’t always associated with killings. Yet thanks to their weight, giant teeth and territorial nature hippos are responsible for nearly 3000 deaths annually. With Lions only generating hundreds of kills, these pinkish behemoths of the mud should be avoided at all costs.