With lockdown extended by two more weeks, golf fans will be champing at the bit to get outside and back on the golf course. As a favour to those people, we take a leap back in time to May, 2017 to show them just why they should be happy to be locked indoors.
It was back then on the 14th hole at Leopard Creek, just outside Kruger National Park’s Malelane Gate, that Cara Treherne found her golf game stalled (and the marshalls no doubt miffed as a result) by two fighting Black Mambas.
At the time she explained, “I drove up a small rise and saw movement out of the corner of my eye. At first glance, I thought it was a spitting cobra that had its hood up, but after a closer inspection, I then saw it was actually two mambas. I quickly flagged the other 2 players in my fourball to slow down.”
“We called the fourball behind us to also come and watch. I called my husband who was at the house to bring our son and to come and see too,” she said, adding, “It was amazing to watch and seemed to go on for ages. We debated about carrying on playing the hole, but after a little while longer, we decided to drive past them at a wide berth and go to the next hole.”
It was probably a good decision as due to their speed, twitchy demeanours, lethally venomous bites, and highly aggressive attitudes Black Mambas are widely considered the world’s deadliest snake. They have been blamed for numerous human deaths, and African myths exaggerate their capabilities to legendary proportions.
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