Top 5 scariest African Monsters

5. Mahamba

Mahamba is a rare giant crocodile reaching lengths of up to 50 feet (15.2 m). This makes it double the size of a Nile crocodile, which is the largest species of crocodile known to man. It is a feared legend believed to lurk in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Lake Likouala; most often observed in swampy areas. Some have speculated that it is a freshwater relic of the mosasaurs — huge, sea-dwelling lizards that were presumed extinct by the end of the dinosaur period. Mahamba is notorious for ambushing large animals and unwary humans as well as capsizing rafts and canoes! Local villagers of the past have proclaimed this animal to be unlike any other they have seen, and have only compared it to other creatures, such as a Nkoli (the Bobangi word for crocodile).



4. Giant Congo Python

Following from Mahamba, another sinister creature from the Congo forest. This time, a 50-foot giant serpent! In 1959, a Belgian colonel named Remy van Lierde commanded the airbase at Kamina in the Belgian Congo. While returning from a mission by helicopter, he encountered a Giant Congo Snake emerging from a hole as he flew over the forests, describing the snake as being close to 50 feet (about 15 meters) in length, earning its place among the largest snakes ever reported. Upon sighting the beast, he ordered the pilot to fly lower to get a closer look. However, after getting close enough, the snake was so larger that he believed to be within striking distance thus flying away and so the creature was never properly documented. Colonel Van described the snake as having dark green and brown top scales and a white-ish underside. He has done numerous interviews about his encounter with the beast which can be found here. A famous photo of the snake was taken at that time. Although it is a dark image, a clear depiction of a giant serpent is portrayed which may prove to be the only evidence in support of Van Lierde’s word.


Van Lierde interview: 3.33.

3. Mngwa

In the villages of Tanzania, a story is told of a rare man-eating wildcat named Mngwa (Swahili: strange man). It is a cryptid felid reported from Tanzania’s coastal forests. Locals described it as a large, grey, man-eating cat with brindled stripes. Like its fellow East African maneater the Nandi Bear, it caused a general hysteria in the regions it attacked and was the quarry of several European hunts, all of which failed to catch it. Its tracks are believed to resemble that of a leopard but are said to be the size of a large Tiger.



2. Tokoloshe

From the Zulu mythology in South Africa, the Tokoloshe is described as small gremlin-like creatures. These creatures are vindictive and extremely dangerous. They are said to operate at night by creeping into people’s rooms and causing chaos; be it just a little scare to as far as choking men to death. They are said to prefer frightening little children, regularly leaving them with long scars on their bodies with their long, bony fingers. One way to keep the Tokoloshe at bay is to put bricks beneath the legs of one’s bed. This will you put you out of reach, and hopefully out of harm’s way, of the Tokoloshe. It is said that those with magical powers can summon a Tokoloshe to wreak havoc such as witches and witch doctors. A Tokoloshe is kept docile by cutting the hair out of their eyes so they can see and feed it curdled milk. Just as a Tokoloshe is summoned by a magical being, it can also be exorcised by one. A Sangoma (Zulu witch doctor) is summoned to exorcise the area and/or the home with the use of Muti, a kind of traditional magic practiced by the Sangoma.




The Mokèlé-mbèmbé is perhaps the most famous cryptid in African folklore. It resembles a large dinosaur situated in the Congo River region. The name translates to “one who stops the flow of rivers" referring to its enormous stature. There have been more than two dozen searches for the "living dinosaur" over the years and still evidence for Mokèlé-mbèmbé remains elusive with only secondhand accounts and mysterious footprints. However, the lack of pure evidence does not deter believers as no other cryptid has instigated as many expeditions. The 1985 Disney film ‘Baby’ is based on the legend of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé. It remains a mystery why a creature with no photographs, bones, or teeth recovered is so highly sought-after. If personal accounts are to be trusted, then there lays a ferocious monster in the Congo basin living long beyond its era.


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