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Short description: Mythological serpent

CountrySouth Africa
RegionHowick Falls

The Inkanyamba is a legendary serpent said to be living in a waterfall lake area in the northern forests near Pietermaritzburg most commonly in the base of Howick Falls, South Africa . The Zulu people of the area believe it to be a large serpent with an equine head. It is a very tall creature. Most active in the summer months, it is believed that the Inkanyamba's anger causes the seasonal storms.[1][2]

Howick Falls

The zulu people believed that when you make eye contact with the inkanyamba you might just loose a life. The creature does not like especially shinny things because it might think it water or a lake to live


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  2. Regional Knowledge Sharing Exchange Visit (Report). Pemba, Mozambique: Global Adaptation Network, Durban Adaptation Charter, United Nations. 25 November 2016. https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/25092/GAN_DAC_Exchange_201611.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y. Retrieved 23 July 2021.