Africa is known for its incredible diversity of flora and fauna. To single out the seven worst creatures is a Herculean task as the continent is teeming with wildlife. It also depends on one’s definition of the “worst”. Here, we are deeming “worst” as perhaps the most deadly creatures that roam the lands. The seven creatures listed here include reptiles, an insect, mammals, and a fish. All of them are extremely dangerous and deadly to those creatures and humans who cross paths with them. It is difficult to determine the precise numbers of fatalities they cause, but thousands of humans are being killed by them in Africa annually.
The puff adder is the most poisonous snake in Africa. One bite is powerful enough to kill a fully grown man. It is believed that puff adders kill more than 30,000 people per year.
The black mamba is the biggest venomous snake in Africa and can grow up to 8 feet in length. It also moves fast and reaches speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. They are not black in color, but brown or olive-skinned. The name derives from their inky black mouths that are shown when threatened.
Though very small compared to other dangerous animals, the mosquito is one of Africa’s worst creatures. They are responsible for the deaths of at least one million people per year and transfer the Malaria virus to more than 70 million people annually.
African crocodiles normally hover underwater waiting for their prey, with only their nostrils above the surface. A crocodile is capable of launching itself with incredible speed out of the water to catch people and animals at the water’s edge.
Although herbivorous by nature, the hippopotamus is considered to be the most dangerous mammal in Africa, killing more humans than any other African land species. It is believed that they kill around 3,000 people annually. A hippopotamus is a territorial animal and very aggressive.
It weighs approximately 3,399 lbs. and has sharp teeth. They are aggressive in and out of the water. On land, they can reach a speed of over 20 miles per hour. In water, they are graceful swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes.
Although the African buffalo is on South Africa’s “Big Five” list, it is still considered one of the most dangerous mammals in Africa. They kill more than 200 people each year. A buffalo is a large and powerful animal, reaching shoulder heights up to 5 feet and can weigh up to 1,650 lbs.
Great White Shark
The great white shark is the most dangerous creature swimming alongside the shores of Africa. They are responsible for the most fatal attacks on humans on the African coastline. The shark charges its prey, takes one chunk out of it, and then drags the victim underwater.
It then waits until the prey has bled to death before devouring it. However, sharks normally do not consider humans as prey and only bite a human once and then leave.