Wow Wildtom that does sound very very crazy
...glad you enjoyed the experience though! I guess someday someone will get bitten by a black mamba through their window though as this happens quite often but usually not so near a miss!!
@Berkhead...another great story but you had me in absolute stitches...such a funny story...I can only imagine your wifes shock!
@JenB...woooooowwwww!! Brave photograph...really love it !!!
Just outside Biyamiti camp in about 2001 we came around the corner and disturbed a scene of the interaction of a tree squirrel and a black mamba in the middle of the road...they were so into the confrontation with each other with the squirrel teasing the mamba, that the mamba only saw us last minute and got such a fright that it reared up at least as high as the top of my dad's 4X4.
Now we were nowhere in risk but it was amazing to see this snake in full flight as it reared towards the vehicle and then off the road.
I believe everything people say about these relatively common snakes because their speed is mind boggling and its mostly in the north of the park that Ive seen them usually making their way off the road at great speed.
Even one time there was Mamba in one of the prominent trees above the Pafuri picnic site and we realized how toxic their venom is because it was attacking a family of Woodland Dormouse and one of them fell out of the tree completely paralyzed/dead within a couple of seconds.
Felt sorry for the poor little thing.
Another encounter I had was perhaps my scariest.
I drove guests in the Sabi Sands for about 2 years and the guys who work as trackers will always tell you how they've had experiences with Black Mambas rearing up at them (especially as they sit on the bonnet of vehicles to look for animal tracks) and by the sounds of things there have been some very scary encounters!
On the one particular day I had about 4 guests with me and I was going down this 2-track dust road with lots of Terminalia shrubs on either side and as I came to an area with a relative clearing this mamba reared up much higher than the open land rover (no roof even)... it all happened in an instant but myself, my guest behind me and my tracker who was sitting at the back got a great visual of this snake which was reared high up in the air (higher than me but about head height for my guest) standing its ground literally only 2 metres from the car...at that instant of seeing the snake my instinct clicked in and i swerved the car off the road right into the bushes on the other side.
All the other other guests got a fright because of my driving thinking I wasn't concentrating but when we explained the story they were kind of glad they didn't see the snake