It may sound like fiction, but it is not. Prehistoric dinosaurs and giant reptiles thought to be extinct millions of years have allegedly been spotted in remote parts of Africa. These sightings are by tribesmen of the region, natives living without the luxuries of a modern society like books, televisions, and cell phones. Yet, they uncannily describe beasts that any of us would easily recognize as a known dinosaur species. You don’t have to believe them, but you should open your mind and let your imagination wander. It is good for your soul because, by nature, we are all explorers and investigators. Here are a few extinct creatures allegedly roaming African jungles today.
Mokele Mbembe – This is probably the most famous African dinosaur supposedly living in the Congo River basin of Africa. Legendary sightings by natives go back over 200 years. Based upon descriptions provided, this creature resembles a Sauropod dinosaur. Sauropods had a body like an elephant, a long tail, long neck and a small head. Dinosaurs in this category include Brontosaurus, Diplodocus and Apatosaurus. Sauropods were enormous, averaging 70 feet long, and stood 12-15 feet tall at the hips. They were plant eaters. In 1776, French missionaries reported seeing huge footprints left by this creature. The clawed prints were three feet in circumference and spaced about seven feet apart. Although there have been expeditions in search of this dinosaur, none have been successful. Interestingly, the movie Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is supposed to have been loosely based on this legend.
Mbielu-mbielu-mbielu – This creature allegedly resides in the Likouala Region of the Republic of the Congo and has been observed near two different villages. It is described as a large amphibious reptile with plates growing from its back. Based on descriptions, some equate it to the long-extinct dinosaur we know as Stegosaurus. However, unlike Stegosaurus, which was a ground dweller, this beast spends much of its time in the water and is believed to be an herbivore with no aggressive tendencies. Sightings of the monster in water reveal that its back dorsal plates “tend to be mostly covered in green algae.” Although there have been reported sightings, there is no physical evidence it actually exists.
Nguma-monene – Nguma-monene loosely translates to large boa/python in Lingala language. This is a semi-aquatic giant serpentine living in the swamps/rivers of the Congo. It is described as a large low-slung lizard with a long tail, sharp teeth, and serrated ridges running down its back. Some describe it as snake-like. It is allegedly about 30 feet long, grayish-brown and has been known to attack hippos. It reportedly eats birds and monkeys. Wikipedia reports two testimonials of sightings which occurred near the Dongu-Mataba River (tributary of the Ubangi River). One possible explanation for this creature is that it is a surviving dolichosaur, from a group of marine reptiles intermediate between snakes and lizards living during the late Cretaceous period, some 95 million years ago.
Ngoubou – This is a non-aquatic creature allegedly living in the rainforests of Central Africa and savanna region of Cameroon. Resembling a rhinoceros, Pygmies call this one Ngoubou, which is the local word for rhinoceros. However, unlike rhinos this creature has multiple horns, is about the size of a small ox and fights elephants. Based on its description, Ngoubou closely resembles a dinosaur called a Styracosaurus. Styracosaurus became extinct over 65 million years ago. According to locals, there has been a decline in the population of these animals, and they are becoming hard to find. Allegedly at least one native killed a local Ngoubou with a spear several years ago.
There you have it, a sampling of prehistoric creatures reportedly roaming the jungles of Africa or living in its lakes and swamps. There are also reports of legendary creatures on other continents like Australia where native Aborigines tell stories of encounters with huge monsters fitting the descriptions of dinosaurs and giant marsupials. And of course, there are the famous reports of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. Are the stories true? Do these creatures actually exist? Only time will tell after more in-depth investigations occur and evidence is collected. For now, we can let our imaginations wander and enjoy reading all about these incredible sightings of dinosaurs possibly living today in remote parts of the world.