Mahamba is a cryptid rumored to lurk in the People's Republic of the Congo, around the Lake Likouala swamp region. It is purported to be an enormous crocodile; reaching lengths of up to 50 feet (15 m). Some have speculated that it is a freshwater relic of the mosasaurs; huge, sea-dwelling lizards which were presumed extinct by the end of the Cretaceous period.
The Bobangi aboriginals have proclaimed this animal to be unlike any other they have seen, and have only compared it to other creatures, such as a Nkoli (the Bobangi word for crocodile) or the legendary Nguma-monene for the sake of comparison. It is also been reported to attack and devour rafts and canoes.
This unique species of reptile is said to resemble a gigantic, 50-foot crocodile at a distance… but there are some investigators who believe that this animal may be a living example of the extinct aquatic predator known as a mosasaur.
From the jungles of central Africa’s Democratic republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) comes a dangerous predator, which for some unknown reason shares its name with a Swaziland mountain range. Unfortunately, there is very little known in the western world regarding the Mahamba, other than the fact that it purportedly resembles an extremely large crocodile and has been reported to reach an impressive 50-feet in length.
According to native Bobangi accounts, which were chronicled by no less a reputable source than Dr. Roy P. Mackal (during his pursuit of the equally elusive Mokele-Mbembe) the animal in question, though similar to the familiar Nile Crocodile, is not a Nkoli — the Bobangi word for crocodile.
The Bobangi also insist that this beast is not to be confused with the oft pursued Congolese native known as the Nguma-Monene — lizard with a serrated ridge on its back — to which it has also been compared. Aboriginal sources insist that the animal is a unique species, which can only be likened to these more familiar animals for the sake of comparison.
Probably hailing from the Lake Likouala swamp region, this creature may, in fact, be a completely new species of heretofore undiscovered large, central African crocodile.
That having been noted, rumors of this animal’s prehistoric origins persist, convincing some investigators that the animal might be a freshwater variety of the long presumed extinct, aquatic reptile the mosasaur.