Local Folklore


The Inkanyamba is a legendary serpent said to be living in a waterfall lake area in the northern forests near Pietermaritzburg , and most commonly in the base of Howick Falls, South Africa. The Zulu tribes of the area believe it to be a large serpent with a horse like head. Most active in the summer months, it is believed that it is the Inkanyamba's anger which causes the seasonal storms so familiar to locals in the area.

Cryptologists have suggested that they might be a form of eel, augmented by local myth.
The Inkanyamba was featured on a television series, called Animal X.

The Inkanyamba’s animal information:

  • Grouping: Cryptid
  • Sub Grouping: Lake Monster
  • Country: South Africa
  • Region: Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Habitat: Water