NyamiNyami – the Zimbabwean river God

A monster snake, two hundred metres long, they say. There’s a fishy story. But it’s actually a beautiful legend.

Sightings increase of Zimbabwe’s own ‘Loch Ness monster’ – Odd – Scotsman.com.

A MYTHICAL serpent-like creature who lives in the murky depths of a lake and is the subject of countless childrens’ stories. Sound familiar? Meet Nyaminyami, Zimbabwe’s very own Loch Ness monster.

He has the head of a fish and a snake’s body. He lives in Lake Kariba, a magnificent man-made dam in the northwest of the country, studded with hippos and the eerie skeletal tops of long-dead trees. And for the first time in more than a decade, Zimbabweans living on the shores of Kariba are reporting a mysterious sighting on the River God.

State media is reporting that fishermen and residents of Mahombekombe, a suburb of Kariba town, saw Nyaminyami earlier this month.

The story of this creature is quite interesting. He seems quite generous for a monster but his movements are associated wtih the local small earthquakes. (The dam itself may be a source of the earthquakes now projected in way onto the river beast.)

Nyaminyami over the Kariba dam

Nyaminyami over the Kariba dam

The article notes that new sightings of the creature have been reported a bit too credibly. Zimbabweans express belief in goblins and mermaids. Earlier this year it was reported that mermaids were causing the workers trouble at a dam. Special rites had to be conducted to appease them.

With the superstition surrounding work in the rivers, this seems to be another one of those stories meant to warn natives not to mess with nature. Check out the legend of this fascinating creature and the video below.

Nyami Nyami The Zambezi River God

An imaginative film on the legend of Nyaminyami