The 5 Most Dangerous Animals in Namibia
Most people would grab the opportunity for an African adventure in Namibia by the horns. With some amazing camping spots, world-class lodges and scenery that is out of this world, who wouldn't? But you need to remember, with its exotic beauty comes a few dangerous things to be aware of. Especially in the more remotely placed spots (which are often the best spots).
1. Snakes (Puff Adder and Black Mambas)
If you are anything like me, a snake is not something you want to bump into anywhere, ever. The good news is that after living in Namibia for over a decade, I have only seen a snake once and that was at the Snake Park. Running into snakes is a rare occurrence in Namibia. It only becomes a real problem at certain times of the year. If you ever get a snake bite, always seek medical help, regardless of the how severe it might seem.
2. Mosquitoes (Malaria)
Source: Fitfortravel.nhs.uk Mosquitoes are usually a problem during the wetter seasons and to the North of Namibia, as you can see in the image above. It's easy to avoid this by consulting your doctor prior to a trip to any of thee high-risk areas.
Unless you visit a game reserve or park that specifically have Elephants, you are unlikely to see them. In most cases the owners will make it abundantly clear what the rules are and you should have no problems or concerns as long as you follow those rules.
4. Big Cats (Lions and Leopards)
I remember seeing leopards on the highway just outside of Gobabis as I was driving towards the Botswana border. This was many years back and hardly a scenario to worry about, but it is important to be aware that in my case, it would've been a bad idea to get out of my car. These animals can be very dangerous and should never be approached.
5. Namibia Sand Spider
Source: Biodiversityexplorer.org The Namibian Sand Spider is the most lethal spider in the world, due to the fact that there is no effective treatment for its venom. Luckily, the spider is very rare and is only really found in desert areas. They are also fairly docile as they rarely bite people, even if picked up by mistake.