A snake in our car bonnet

June 29, 2012, 10:45 AMBy: |244 Comments | Tags: Kruger National Park, Mathekenyane, Python
PythonThe snake is estimated to be between four to five meters and we never once imagined the response we would get from this experience.

Marlene and Leon Swart visited the Kruger Park in May in the hope of seeing a pride of lions. Instead of lions, they had a far more interesting encounter that caused much excitement and some shattered nerves! Words and images by Marlene Swart.


My husband Leon and I were on vacation in Hazyview and visited the Kruger National Park each day during our weeklong stay.

We are subscribed to the Facebook and WhatsApp groups: Kruger National Park Sightings. This group supplies visitors with real time information and sightings become a lot easier when you know which road to take.

On Sunday, 06 May 2012, we entered at Phabeni Gate and coincidently it was my late father’s birthday. I could not think of a better place to celebrate than in the Kruger Park that he loved so much.

We received a message of a lion sighting on the H3. We were not far from the area and decided to check it out. On our way there, we saw a couple of cars and safari vehicles and initially thought it must be lions.

While there, we were informed that there was a python in the grass and while we were searching, the python suddenly sailed out of the grass straight towards our car. I waved to the vehicle behind us to reverse, but he couldn’t understand what everyone was looking at. The next moment the python disappeared underneath our car.

Approximately two minutes later, the tourists in the vehicles around us started laughing – the snake had not come out from under our vehicle. One of the safari operators informed us that he saw the snake ‘going up!’

We drove approximately five kilometers to the nearest lookout point, Mathekenyane (Grano Hill) approximately 10 kilometers from Skukuza with a convoy of vehicles following us to enjoy a piece of the action.

When we parked on the hill, Leon opened the car bonnet and then asked me to bring the camera. Mr Snake was lying on the engine, eyeballing all the commotion around him. Leon patted the snake, took it by the tail and the snake exited the same way it came in.

The snake sailed away unharmed and luckily there was no damage to the car. Later that morning we received a message that someone spotted a very relaxed python on Mathekenyane!

The lions were forgotten for then and Leon had to drive me to Skukuza so that I could get some sugar water to calm my nerves. I was in shock and terrified while we drove to Mathekenyane with the snake somewhere in the car. Leon a real ‘Ace Ventura’ was extremely excited about the experience.

Later that evening we had a good chuckle about the reactions of the bystanders when the snake exited the vehicle. People were scattering in all directions and I am only disappointed that I was numb with fear and didn’t take more pictures.

The snake is estimated to be between four to five meters and we never once imagined the response we would get from this experience.

Leon and I are absolutely crazy about Kruger and visit as often as we can. Having a snake in our car bonnet was an experience that I will NEVER forget!

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Samora says:Wow, this is amazing!
Posted on: June 30, 2012, 3:15 PM
Your Name Here says:I am just glad it did not happen to us, I would have freaked out!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 2:54 PM
Dean Versfeld says:What an experience. Luckily the python didnt get close to the fan belt as that could have been quite a shame and a messy end to the snake, especially since you guys drove 5kms with it under the bonet. Dean
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 2:54 PM
Annatjie Bakkes says:I am just glad it did not happen to us, I would have freaked out! Glad All ended well!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 2:57 PM
Your Name Here says:Wat n wonderlike ondervinding. Ek wil dit net nie in my kar rondry nie, ek is te bang. Ons besoek ook die park ten minste 3 keer per jaar. Tersia Fourie.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 2:57 PM
endlane says:interesting experience but very scary!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 2:58 PM
Azwianewi Isaac Makatu says:Some body sent me an e-mail with one photo and the discussions were that, it cannot be true that the snake find itself on top of the engine. To my surprise today only to realize that the story is the true reflection that Leon and the Author experienced live. Thanks colleagues, for sharing with us what is out there in the Jungle of KNP. Ndi a Livhuwa Nga Maaanda (Thank You Very much).
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:00 PM
Jane says:I would have needed more than sugar water!!! Good to see all the pics as I did hear about it at the time!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:00 PM
Martin Forsyth-Thompson says:A lovely story with great pics!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:03 PM
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:03 PM
James says:Wow that is a fantastic sighting We would love to see more Python sightings ourselves and one that up close and personal is truly an amazing once in a lifetime experience To date we only have one sighting af a python that was at least 6m to 7 m long but it was far away Kruger is the best Holiday destination for sure
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:04 PM
Shannon says:What a beautiful snake. Glad it ended so well. The Kruger is Heaven on Earth to me.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:04 PM
Isa and Tony de Oliveira says:You guys were really brave! We love the KNP and always tell others about our experiences there, but yours was a real adventure!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:05 PM
Wendy says:We are leaving for the Kruger Park early tomorrow morning (Friday 6th July) and staying just outside the Kruger Gate near Skukuza. We will keep our eye out for your snake and give it your love!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:05 PM
Sarie Moolman says:Pragtige storie en foto's! Wens dit het met ons gebeur!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:09 PM
Frikkie says:Wat 'n wonderlike natuur ondervinding wat julle te beurt geval het en ja Leon was nogal baie dapper.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:10 PM
cedric says:No snake in the grass! Well done that no harm came to snake, car or humans. Love the pics - no indication of nervous shakes or snakes!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:12 PM
Franz & Monika / Austria says:....Leon patted the snake, took it by the tail and the snake exited the same way it came in.... what else.. ;-)))) will be more carefull next time checking the oil .......
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:13 PM
memory murphy says:I'm really envious. Wish it had been me.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:13 PM
Your Name Here says:What an amazing experience. My husband and I are about to go up for 4 days in Bush Camps and now I am very nervous!!!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:14 PM
Valda Smith says:So pleased one of nature's beautiful creatures did not come to any harm. You were lucky to have this experience!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:14 PM
L de Jager says: AMAZING !!!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:19 PM
Reginald says:It's so amazing and lucky enough it was not mamba.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:20 PM
Your Name Here says:Just love pythons really amazing animals. lol
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:21 PM
Claudette says:Awesome! Myself and my friend came across a snake while taking a walk in tha west coast near Club Mykomos while on vacation and we got sucha big fright. Luckily it was dead but we didn't take many walks afterwards, too scared of stepping onto a live one.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:21 PM
Ruedi Siegenthaler says:As I do like snakes I love the story all the way! Mostly people fear them, because they don't know, what snake they are dealing with. I do respect them but don't fear them as they are part of our ECO system like everything else out there!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:22 PM
Hanna Schreiber says:Ek sal beslis nie in daardie motor gery het nie. Ek is net te bang. Ek so meer as suikerwater nodig gehad het om my te kalmeer.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:27 PM
Bruce says:We have just come back from the park after a rather dry run (no Lions). Wow I'm very pleased it turned out so well. What beautiful pic's. I agree sorry you could not take a couple more.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:28 PM
Eric Thabo says:I am happy the no one was injured including the snake. But it shows how much cautious we should be when we visit the parks.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:28 PM
Naren says:No Doubt , a scary experience..but who ever had been there surely had a lifetime experience....I'm glad to discover the snake & no one else were injured....
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:32 PM
farhad patel says:i would have been petrified.people seem relaxed in the pics
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:36 PM
barend says:nie eintlik gedink of omgegee of die arme dier iets sou oorkom a.g.v die warm masjien nie. hartelose idioot !!!!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:36 PM
Ruth Van Zyl says:We love the Kruger too but after having a snake experience in our "Luxury" tent at Lower Sabi I am a bit loathe to go again and yet when in the bush expect what comes out of the bush, snakes and all!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:38 PM
Your Name Here says:amazing, would love to have seen it!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:40 PM
Your Name Here says:Oh ek sou daarvan hou om hom te kon houvas!!!! maar moes net nie wheee op my nie dis yskoud jig! Dan is ek dood! Hester hester.loots@neotel.co.za
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:41 PM
Evert says:Ek ken die gevoel . Het n ruk terug n 3.5m mamba in my bakkie gahad, en moes nog twee kilometer ry met hom , hier iewers in die bakkie, senutergend moet ek sê. Gelukkig het ek en hy ongedeurd daarvan afgekom!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:42 PM
Your Name Here says:Awesome ,but scary
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:45 PM
Pamela says:Thank god it went into your bonnet and not a sleeping bag or your garage at home
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:47 PM
Elaine says:Brilliant! A rare experience and one to cherish and re-tell over and over again. So happy though that nothing happened to the snake - probably the new car engines which are mostly encapsuled - thank goodness modern technology helped nature this time. From a very, very envious bush lover.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:47 PM
Angie says:You guys are so lucky, while I realise it must have been extremely nerve wracking, its still an experience of a life time, almost an urban legend
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:49 PM
Your Name Here says:What an experience! I just love it lots - wish I was there
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:49 PM
Marianne from PE says:I just love this! What a pity I missed this .... wow! So much excitement in one car ...
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:50 PM
Nicci Papachristodoulou says:MY WHOLE BODY HAS GOOSE BUMPS RIGHT NOW!!!! Can't believe it!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 3:58 PM
Bart says:Hi Marlene, Great experience. We had a similar one but with a smaller python at the beach north of Cape Vidal when we were still allowed on the beach with vehicles. The 2m python took shelter under our bonnet after we stirred it awake on the beach. We drove from Leven Point back to Vidal then with Crayfish gloves extracted it from behind the battery.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:00 PM
George Ward says:Baie MOOI, N ware vreeslose man wat jy daar het!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:02 PM
Nita says:Wow. What an experiece. Wish I was there. Must have been exciting as well as scary. I'm glad that all ended well. Luv the KNP
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:10 PM
Arlene says:Wow! What an experience. We returned from 7 days in KNP on 1 July. KNP is a magic place!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:20 PM
Your Name Here says:Wow! That was some mighty unusual experience!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:22 PM
Steve stephansen says:Hope you charged him for the game drive?
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:23 PM
Hugo says:I'm not a snake person, and I drive a Renault too. Hope that snakes don't have a thing for Renault's!!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:27 PM
Lynne Davies says:We visited Kruger in 2011 with our wonderful SA hosts - absolutely loved all the animal sightings and Skukuza and thank goodness we did not have the python experience -I would have needed more than sugar water to calm my nerves - we are from Canada - a buffalo woujld not have scared me as much.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:31 PM
Adrian says:Never mind the "Tiger"in your tank, I've got a Python under my bonnet!! ha-ha...
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:33 PM
Diana Thomson says:A very similar thing happened to friends about 35 years ago in the Kruger. Mike and Bea TIndall were there with their children when they saw a huge python cross from the side of the road and go under the car. They waited for it to come out the other side but it did not! They could not see it under the car, so they got out and opened the bonnet and an almost identical picture to this current one was taken. The picture and story were published in SCOPE!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:39 PM
P.A. Powell says:Wow! Enough to scare the living daylights out of a person. Heart failure in the process!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:45 PM
Denise Cruickshank says:I am green with envy. Now can't wait for our August visit!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:47 PM
Des Simpson says:What a great specimen! Would loved to have seen it.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:50 PM
Mfanufikile Magagula says:Amazing. what an experience?? you are a few of the luckiest.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:50 PM
Cecile Visagie says:Goeie dag ai dit was omtrent 'n ondervinding. Ons het ook 'n ondervinding met 'n slang gehad, geelslang,!! Ons was een oggend baie vroeg in die winter oppad na ons siekeboeg in Langebaanweg, van daaraf na Vredenburg vir inkopies. Niks vermoedend kom ons na ons inkopies gedoen het by die kar toe vra die karwag vir ons hy sien ons het 'n slang in die kar om dit op te pas. !! Nog verstaan ons nie wat hy bedoel nie my man maak die deur oop om die 'boot' oop te maak toe val die slang uit. Hy skrik so groot en maak toe weer die deur toe. Langs ons het ;'n man gestaan en se toe vir ons hy sal die slang vang en gaan vrylaat. Ongelukkig het ons nie foto's nie. Ons het met die slang die hele oggend rondgery en van niks geweet nie. Die man het toe gese dis 'n wyfie en sy was baie rustig. !!! Dink net as die slang in die ry hier tussen jou bene uitseil!! Die slang moes in die nag deur die venster wat oop was in die garage ingeseil het vir hitte. Ek het hierdie storie van julle baie geniet. Mooi bly Cecile Visagie
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:52 PM
Norma says:Ive heard of a tiger in your tank but this beats it hands down!! A real beauty, not sure if I would have had the courage to open the bonnet let alone lift it out. I'm glad the snake and Leon were bot no worse off for the experience!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:56 PM
Beverly says:What a wonderful experience. I would have found something stronger than sugar water to calm my nerves after that.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 4:58 PM
Your Name Here says:Hi Marlene & Leon Well done for letting the snake go free. i know too many people who would have driven over the snake to kill it. I would estimate the snake around 3.8 to 4.0 meters. It will have a mass of about 40 - 45 kg. I have caught many pythons silmiar size and bigger, and I am used to seeing these snakes. i keep a few pythons myself, which I use for filming purposes, apart from the 500 venomous snakes I keep to supply snake venom for the anti-venom unit. All the best. Mike Perry - African Reptiles & Venom Johannesburg
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:05 PM
Heila Schoeman says:Hulle sal dit beslis nooit vergeet nie.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:08 PM
Dieter Bertsch says:My Sisters name is also Marlene, i am planing on taking her to Kruger Park in 2 Years. i better do not show her the Pictures. She is just like You Marlene, i am not much better. i love South Africa and Kruger. been there 5 times the last 7 Years. i enjoy every Wild Magazine Issue. Marlene we stayed in Hazyview the first trip to South Africa and it is a good place to see Kruger and Panorama road.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:10 PM
Your Name Here says:what a site that must of been amazing
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:14 PM
Your Name Here says:what a site that must of been amazing
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:14 PM
Heather says:Oh my word what a brave man to touch the snake! I would have waited till it got out on its own and agreed this calls for much stronger than sugar water!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:15 PM
Jenny says:Absolutely stunning. What an incredible experience. Few people have the pleasure of seeing snakes in the wild never mind driving with then in their vehicle. What a beautiful specimen. Thank you so much for sharing your visit to the Krugers
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:15 PM
anobela@ktkx.co.za says:Mr.Nobela, i am freaking even though is just on my email
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:19 PM
fransie Meyer says:Wat ñ wonderlike WOW ondervinding!! Fransie Meyer
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 5:33 PM
Collin Swart says:All I can say is.....................WOW!!!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 6:17 PM
Delene says:WOW ,,,, wat n wonderlike ondervinding ..... altyd iets nuut wat gebeur in die Kruger !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 6:28 PM
Olli says:Wow, this so amazing, realy cool. I like the Kruger too and i spend each time my holiday there but you can see that sometimes the cars are to close to the game. This was "only" snake.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 6:33 PM
Tyrone Ngwenya says:I would imediately drive back home after that incident
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 6:41 PM
Michael says:Just to have spotted a snake - in daylight! - can be noted in your list of "been there done that" experiences. Thank for sharing with us.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 6:50 PM
Tommi Offret says:ssssssssensational experience
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 6:58 PM
vicky oosthuizen says:Most unusual sighting! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 7:24 PM
Mariana says:Dit gee bedelry (duimgooi ?!?) 'n heel nuwe betekenis!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 7:26 PM
dianne says:now that is something else to look out for the next time we are in the Kruger - wild dogs have always been our target but now who knows
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 7:35 PM
Conrad says:Bly om te sien dat daar darem 'n paar mense is wat bly is dat die slang ook veilig die rit oorleef het, kan julle dink hoe bang hy/sy moes gewees het? veral met die enjin wat al hoe warmer geword het.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 7:49 PM
Dr Erika Viljoen says:this is amazing! By far better and bigger than a " bee in your bonnet" !
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 7:50 PM
Elbé says:Wow!!! Your experience was so much better than spotting lions! Wish I was there to see it! Haha! Very Very Exciting!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 8:18 PM
Laurie Oates says:Unbelievable! The python must have got quite hot lying on top of thr engine,or even a couple of burns! Nature is always full of surprises,
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 8:25 PM
patrick king says:Great sighting ..on31.5.2011 my wife and i just left the bird hide near kannidood dam when this huge black mamba went across the road in front of us into the bush.we managed to get some of this experience on video.Dont be fooled snakes are very fast ..0n15.3.12 we took the s50 from mopane to shingwedzi and saw another mamba crossing the sand road but too fast to video .we keep journals of all our kruger holidays since 2002..so many experiences to relive.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 9:12 PM
Noel says:ssssssstunning ssssssssstory! What an experience, not often you get to see Pythons in KNP let alone have one bum a lift off you.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 9:34 PM
Your Name Here says:Likewise, I am glad it was your car not mine. But wow, what an experience!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 10:02 PM
Lindsey says:Whew! What an incredible experience with a great outcome. Well done!
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 10:22 PM
Colleen Serebro says:So happy it wasnt my car!!! I have never heard of the "Facebook and WhatsApp groups: Kruger National Park Sightings". Sounds amazing.
Posted on: July 5, 2012, 11:55 PM
Corinne says:Woow. I 'm not sure I would have liked to experience this...
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 2:28 AM
MURRAY MALISE says:wonderful story, when last I was at Skukuza, had I seen this snake, I would be on the next 747 back to New York & hide under my bed. But I do love kruger, and was there 5 times over the years. S.A. is a wonderful country
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 4:35 AM
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 5:09 AM
Louise says:What an awesome experience but it is actually quite common for snakes to seek the warmth of the engine but they are more inclined to do so when a vehicle has been switched off. Amazing that he got out of the ordeal completely unscathed. We watched one (also a Python) wanting to get into a car's exhaust pipe. The driver could not see what was happening and when I shouted to him what the snakes intentions were he made a hurried departure. Isn't the Kruger Park magical - never a dull moment.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 5:52 AM
Maureen says:Wow! that must have been scary. But what an experience
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 6:30 AM
Rodney Viljoen says:You guys were so lucky, what an awesome experience, I'm so glad no humans, animals or Reptiles were injured during the taking of these photos.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 6:56 AM
Ian says:Ek dink ek sou ander klere ook moes gaan aantrek :) , moes nogal n ervaring gewees het.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 7:52 AM
Andrew Wantling says:The Kruger continues to amaze, what a great experience.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 7:53 AM
Tokkie Combrink says:What an wonderfull experience, and the snake were safed and not killed. Well done all. Tokkie Combrink
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 8:15 AM
Tessa Williamson says:Thanks for the full story. A friend posted the bonnet picture on Facebook when this happened. Glad it was just a python!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 8:18 AM
Gail Bico says:We had a similar experience on the road to Nwanetsi about 18 months ago except that the python wrapped itself around the prop shaft. Very scaring since we were the only ones on the road. Eventually a little bit of perfume spray eventually got him to unravel himself and on his way he went. I must say it was very scaring especially since we had to keep one eye on the python and the other on the bush. I bet he had a lot of admirers that day in the bush after smelling so good!! I absolutely love the Kruger Park and even make day trips from Johannesburg - it is well worth it!!! Anybody out there as crazy as I am to do that?!!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 8:18 AM
Elma Pieterse says:Wat 'n ongelooflike ervaring. Ek sou verseker ook baie ongemaklik gewees het met die ongewone passasier, maar ek is bly alles het op die ou end goed afgeloop! Ons geniet die Kruger, en gaan eersdaags vir 'n paar dae Satara toe.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 8:26 AM
John Fincham says:Glad you got the photos.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 8:42 AM
Loretta says:I'm SO jealous.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 9:12 AM
Your Name Here says:Wow! Scary but unique experience. One does not often see these reptiles close up!!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 9:46 AM
Noelene Snyder says:Awesome. I thought that pythons are dangerous...was my thinking wrong?
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 9:50 AM
Helen says:We are subscribed to the Facebook and WhatsApp groups: Kruger National Park Sightings. This group supplies visitors with real time information and sightings become a lot easier when you know which road to take. Where do u finds these apps if you are not on Face book
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 10:15 AM
John Scrooby says:We had a similar experence about 20 years ago between Satara and Olifants camps. We stoped to watch a puffader cross the road and it crept under our kombi and did not emerge out the other side. we drove to olifants camp were the staff found it in the front shock absorber and it would not budge. we then went to Lataba camp were the AA let us pull the car over their pit and after much effot it eventually fell into the pit and then had to be removed from there.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 10:19 AM
Wendy Wilson says:Yes it is this type of sighting that makes going to Kruger such a wonderful place to spend your holiday. Can't wait for August when we will be there again for 3 whole weeks, and just hope that we find something wonderful too. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 10:33 AM
Prof. Dawie Malan says:What a memorable experience! This can only happen in Kruger. You have been very fortunate to see such a sighting - far better than lions.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 10:37 AM
Your Name Here says:Amazing! Wynand and Pat Reyneke
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 11:25 AM
Your Name Here says:What an awesome and frightening experience! Nan de Jager. nan.plettAtelkomsa.net
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 11:45 AM
Tanya Steyn says:Julle was baie gelukkig om dit te kon sien en beleef!!! Die natuur is wonderlik!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 12:07 PM
Mike Wilson says:snakefastic nothing is impossible in the park
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 12:17 PM
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 12:43 PM
Jurg Studer says:Certainly a "wild" experience, but was it really so clever to drive your car for 10 kilometres knowing the snake was somewhere in or under your car. How easily could the reptile have been injured.
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 12:51 PM
pat maggs says:you said you got a message about a lion sighting on the H3 ? how do you get this kind of info?
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 1:46 PM
thabo says:I am speechless. This is absolutely ongelooflik!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 2:59 PM
Lorraine Grobler says:Oh! how I wish I'd been there - great shots and something that very few people get to see - well done - bet you needed more than sugar water after that experience! I was in Kruger 2011 -a widow but ride from P.E. to Kruger alone much to the disgust of my sons - I'd live there if I could!!!!!!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 4:44 PM
Willie says:Wat is ,n python lui slang .woordeboek se carpet snake.Pik die ding nie?
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 7:23 PM
Gemma Katz 8Yrs says:I would be sooo happy if that happend to me!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 7:27 PM
Barbara Granger says:I also LOVE KRUGER PARK, it is my PARADISE !!! Luckily we have never had such a nerve racking experience. I have a small USA company where I bring friends annually to Kruger for a lifetime of memories. My first visit was in 1980 and sometimes I am able to go twice a year :-) Now retired we spend 6 months in WC/6 months Alaska, USA. Can't wait to get there....only a few months now ! I'm really JAZZED !!
Posted on: July 6, 2012, 9:50 PM
Ilan Ossendryver says:These are really great photos. I use latestsightings.com every time I am in Kruger. It is a brilliant web site that reports live sightings.
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 12:12 AM
Wendy Marks says:What a magnificent creature! Wonderful sighting and experience like everythng in the Kruger. How lucky you were to see that.
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 1:39 AM
Your Name Here says:That is what you call a close encounter
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 9:25 AM
Jules says:A wonderful & unforgettable experience. Hope this helps show that snakes are definitely not enemies, & deserve respect & protection. It is far better to have snakes than rats!
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 9:54 AM
Eileen Caramanus says:My worst nightmare ever! What a photo opportunity which I personally would only take with a 400mm lens, that's for sure!
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 11:38 AM
Your Name Here says:Kruger never ceases to excite and amaze us, with a new surprise around every corner! This one was incredible! I would have risked the lions and walked to the nearest camp!
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 1:00 PM
Jean says:You were very brave to even drive your car with the snake under the bonnet, but well done to everyone who made sure that the snake survivved without injury. My husband and I are going to Kruger for 2 weeks in September and we are looking forward to our holiday very much, but not for a snake under our bonnet. We love the park and have had some really amazing sightings over the years but nothing beats yours.
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 3:14 PM
Lena Viljoen says:goeie grond suikerwater sou te swak gewees het, die vliegtuig te laat want ietsie om te drink sou die aangewese ietsie gewees het om die senuwees te kalmeer. ek sou op my kniee gestaan het my hand op die kar se handel want as die slang sy gesig sou wys dat ek n spring kon spring wat n leeu sou laat skrik. but amazing. Lena Viljoen
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 3:31 PM
Eve Chadwick says:What a hair raising experience!!!
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 4:24 PM
Jac says:What an adventure! Glad you guys and the snake came away unscathed!
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 5:00 PM
Your Name Here says:Wat 'n wonderlike ervaring! Dis sulke dinge wat kan gebeur wat my telkens terug vat Kruger toe! Wens dit was my kar, maar om eerlik te wees ek sou beslis nie so kalm soos Leon gewees het nie. Het ook darem 'n luislang teegekom in Kruger video geneem ....... met die dekseltjie nog op! Hallo Magda!!!! Maak nie saak nie jy het mooi fotos geneem. Geluk.
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 5:11 PM
Norman says:Buitenverwachting! If the Swarts were frazzled, how do you think the hitch-hiker felt?
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 7:02 PM
Norman says:Buitenverwachting! If the Swarts were frazzled, how do you think the hitch-hiker felt?
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 7:02 PM
Mariana says:What a wonderful experience, thanks for sharing it with us. Glad the snake is unharmed by the engine, knowing that we all share this world.
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 10:08 PM
Alex says:I'm shaking right now, i do not know what i could have done if it was me. God is great.
Posted on: July 7, 2012, 10:35 PM
Ashley heuvel says:What an experience it must have been.Im glade no harm came to the snake.
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 10:59 AM
Chris says:What a fantastic experience! Thank you for respecting "ALL creatures great and small" - how many people would have reacted with outright hostility about a snake, especially one of this size! You were truly fortunate to see such a large python, and so close up (and VERY personal!) - South Africa's only protected snake is unfortunately killed more often than it is looked after, and we'd do well to all follow your example to treat it with the respect it deserves. Big THUMBS UP!!
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 1:37 PM
Your Name Here says:Rina Swart this is a scary experience not for the faint hearted like me!
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 2:13 PM
Ursula Matter says:I am sitting here in Switzerland preparing for my next - and umpteenth - visit to the KNP in September - and am both enthralled and terrified by this extraordinary experience! Will send this story to my friends in Joburg so that they can steel their nerves and be prepared.....! P.S. I would definitely have needed a whisky - not sugar water....
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 2:24 PM
monique ment says:Wow lucky you!! Two years ago i saw one in the kruger in a small tree,but this i so much better.Great picture,s also.
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 4:15 PM
Magdel vd Westhuizen says:It is almost as scarey a sitting on the verandah at Satara camp at 7am and the next think that is visiting your dustbin is a honey badger. I almost fainted with fright.
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 4:23 PM
Tracy Springorum says:Oh, I'm green with envy! I'd give my eye teeth to have been you. I love snakes and have only once come across a python in the wild. I got to climb out of my vehicle (it was on a private farm) and walked towards its tail for what seemed like meters and meters of snake. When I gently touched its tail (wasn't brave enough to go up to the head!) I was amazed at how fast it swung back on itself but I didn't stick around to see if it was going to have me for dinner. The next day it was spotted with a swollen belly...it had clearly been very hungry.
Posted on: July 8, 2012, 6:37 PM
Naiomi says:Very lucky that he didn't get near the fan belt or get burnt for that matter as the engine must've been hot! An experience you surely will never forget!!
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 7:20 AM
Kesiiloe Sebitloane says:Jo! What anexperience... Thanks that all ended well- what with all the excitement and marvel. Were I to be in that situation, there would have been a tough choice: In the same car with the snake or run out (probably straight to the lion). Thanx for the story and pics.
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 10:35 AM
Lyn Lutz says:Never a dull moment in the Kruger Park. Its the best place ever. Lucky you what a sighting Looking forward to October for our visit
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 11:02 AM
Dirk says:BTW. sugar water is very dangerous for you, when you are in shock. It is an old man's tale, but can actually cause you to get diabetes ..... just go ask Netcare.
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 1:06 PM
Petra says:Soe! Jy was baie "braaf" ek sou wraggies nie verder in die kar gery het nie en maar eerder een van die Safari-natuurbewaarders gevra het om dadelik die slang te verwyder! Grillerig!!!!
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 4:58 PM
Johanna Droog-Ohm says:Begrijpelijk dat jij zo geschrokken bent ! Voor een ieder het volgende te doen: bij openen van de motorkap heel voorzichtig zijn. Hoop weer eens naar jullie machtig mooie land te komen. Wij bezochten al 13 maal SA en het KP!
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 5:56 PM
Posted on: July 9, 2012, 8:24 PM
Carol - Accommodation Advisor says:Having seen a python of this size, I can imagine your horror!! Take a look at our rock python experience in Marakele National Park http://www.accommodationadvisor.com/blog/rare-unusual/#more-411
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 2:14 AM
Your Name Here says:Strangely, this actually happens relatively frequently. I am not sure if it is the warm engine or just the perceived safety of the engine compartment but when I was a ranger in the sabi sands, we quickly learnt not to let a python move under the vehichle as it would inevitably climb up underneath it which could result in a few hours of hard work trying to get the big bruiser out. Great pics and story, i loved the fleeing bystanders!
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 8:30 AM
Vusi says:Wonderful sighting, it just freak me out that there's python roaming the Mathekenyane Hill where me and my 7 year-old son enjoying the 360 degrees view of Kruger.
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 12:33 PM
Mariette Maddison says:Absolutely amazing!! So happy to see the snake was not harmed. Thanks for a lovely article and photo's.
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 1:12 PM
debbie says:Hi, we had a boomslang in the bonnet when we were in Moz, decided to get into the engine compartment for a warm kip. Next day it tried to exit as we drove into town. Fortunately it chose to go through the gap between bonnet and windscreen - then got stuck! A genguine "vindscreen viper" but rather a dangerous one, we managed to release it into the wild without any mishap. So yes, they do survive well in the bonnet even when the engine is running. Your Python is beautiful, lovely story! Debs
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 2:41 PM
Margaret Booth says:A thrill of a lifetime. I wish it had been our car.
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 5:32 PM
Your Name Here says:What a beautiful sight and how blessed you were!
Posted on: July 10, 2012, 8:47 PM
Sarel &Valerie v. d. Berg says:Hi Marlene en Leon. Hoe gelukkig kan julle wees om dit dit sien.
Posted on: July 11, 2012, 9:35 AM
A Molenaar says:Fantastic. Wish this would happen with me sometime. LOVE the KNP, and love snakes. Nice photo's.
Posted on: July 11, 2012, 8:21 PM
Merle says:I'm also amazed that the snake wasn't injured when you switched on your engine. Thankfully it looks in excellent shape. Lucky snake, and a wonderful sighting, albeit a rather alarming one! Great pics.
Posted on: July 12, 2012, 12:07 AM
Your Name Here says:What an amazing experience, this certainly exceeds all expectations of what to encounter in KNP.
Posted on: July 12, 2012, 10:34 AM
drblr says:We had a mamba climb into our car in the KNP at the Letaba Restcamp - did so because everyone was chasing it. We parked the car outside the camp gate for the night and it was gone by morning as I refused to let anyone kill it.
Posted on: July 12, 2012, 11:26 AM
Arthur Faulkner says:I suppose it doesn't help to close the window HAHAHAHAHA , anyway Pythons are non poisonous but can give you quite a bite .But your Renault did well to carry such a big snake and is well sealed so prevented him getting into the interior of the car, which could have been fun.
Posted on: July 12, 2012, 4:14 PM
Julian Mann says:I often go to KNP and would like to join whatsapp group. My cell no.:0832701754 I am going again tomorrow - 14th July.
Posted on: July 13, 2012, 2:00 PM
shoana says:grusaam.....grrrrrrrrrrrr...mooi gedoen...ek sou dit nie ko aanraak nie
Posted on: July 16, 2012, 10:09 AM
Jared says:Looks all of 2.5 to 3m ..... but I'm sure it looked a lot longer up close and personal....
Posted on: July 17, 2012, 9:27 PM
connic says:Nhlari in the bonnet, wow!! i wish i was there.
Posted on: July 20, 2012, 1:23 PM
Jill Mortimer says:How fantastic - you lucky things. So very glad the snake left unharmed. Actually - why did you drive with the snake there? He could have been injured or worse?
Posted on: July 20, 2012, 3:42 PM
gary bayer says:While in Sri Lanka one afternoon we stopped at the driveway entrance to a tourist hotle just as a Black Mamba was seen to emerge from some bushes, raise up several feet and observe the tourist bus drivers who were relaxing next to their cars. Upon noticing the snake the drivers immediately moilized arming themselves with sticks and stones with which they attempted to target the snake. Sensing that he had suddenly become the center of attention, the snake fled under a large open jeep -like vehicle, and finding himself surrounded, rose up under the vehicle in a cobra like strike mode, looked upward and as a last resort pulled his body, then tail upward and dissapeared from view. At that moment a crowd of tourists, having finished lunch surged out of the hotel, seeing which the drivers all ran to their various vehicles to usher in the tourists. Once loaded, all vehiles departed including the one with the Mamba hitchhiker!
Posted on: July 20, 2012, 5:10 PM
Marie Roux says:Sjoe wat n ondervinding moes dit ni gewees het nie. Dankie dat julle dit met ons deel
Posted on: July 21, 2012, 7:29 PM
Edith says:Omigod, I also would have been frozen stiff. Better to see it in somebody elses car than your own. It was a good ending for both parties so. What a magnificent species. Something to tell you grandchildren about. Greetings to you and the Kruger when you visit next.
Posted on: July 23, 2012, 12:18 PM
Christa Steyn says:This was a special experience. We love being in the bush and it's times like these that make it Good Memories. Love It
Posted on: July 24, 2012, 7:42 AM
lolo says:woow...that was amaizing but if i was driving that car.i culd have freezed with fear
Posted on: July 24, 2012, 1:37 PM
Jurie says:Forget about lions. See the little things and enjoy the fullness of Gods creation.
Posted on: July 24, 2012, 9:26 PM
Els Simons says:What a story !
Posted on: August 1, 2012, 9:20 AM
Lynne Visser says:Thanks for sharing this ! amazing
Posted on: August 3, 2012, 2:34 PM
Nick Watt-Pringle says:I think I might have freaked out, if we had carried on driving.
Posted on: August 7, 2012, 1:34 PM
Candice Young says:Wow! what an amazing experience!! Thank you for sharing it!!! :D
Posted on: September 4, 2012, 12:44 PM
Teresa van zyl says:Awesome but a bit scary experience. I would like to know how to get connected to Facebook and WhatsApp groups: Kruger National Park Sightings.
Posted on: October 25, 2012, 7:34 AM
Ilan says:Another amazing sighting thanks to latest sightings. At www.latestsightings.com
Posted on: November 4, 2012, 12:25 AM
viv says:amazing! Great photos
Posted on: November 8, 2012, 12:59 PM
MOHAMED TAGARI says:Awesome , and i would have been just as scared having something so huge in the bonnet of the car while im driving . It is however one helluva beautiful snake if you look at the shade and color of its skin....
Posted on: November 8, 2012, 4:34 PM
Kruger Fanatic says:I went to www.latestsightings.com and found it amazing to watch all the live sightings coming through. I can't wait to go to Kruger and post my sightings!
Posted on: November 25, 2012, 5:36 PM
Naomi says:What an Experience! I would have died sitting in the vehicle not knowing where the snake went? I am sure it is an experience you will never forget. Thanks for sharing it with us. My friend from Swizerland and I visit the park at least once a year. She is an South African but have been in Swiss for the past 20 years and keep coming back to visit the park!
Posted on: December 6, 2012, 12:57 PM
Jeri says:I rescued a king snake that was about four feet long that had been run over. I took it into my home and let it go to either heal or die. Several months passed and one morning I woke to hear a slight sound of something moving in my room. I knew the snake had healed but could not see it. I went to my living room and after a few minutes I saw a ribbon of browns slide around the corner and headed for my wall heater. It slipped in and I, fearing to lose the thing in there and perhaps have it die in there, grabbed its tail. It was attracted to the warmth of the pilot light, just as your python liked your motor. The snake had wrapped itself completely around pipes inside my heater and there was no way for me to pull it out. So I sat down and held on. The snake held also for about fifteen minutes. I guess it determined that my determination was strong that it not be in there, and it unwound itself with lightning speed from that piping and came out of the heater and reared itself straight into my face as if to say "OK YOU HAVE WON" It never bit me and seemed to know I had saved its life. I kept it for a while longer and then took it back to nature. While I had it, it took delight in startling me every day. It would wait somewhere and drop in front of my face just as it had done when it retracted from the heater. I enjoyed its daily reminder of awareness and was always amused at how it could startle me.
Posted on: January 20, 2013, 6:49 PM
Rick Johnson says:Amazing, had that happen to us at Etosha, got into the bonnet of the Land Rover and did not want to come out, it was quite annoyed.
Posted on: January 22, 2013, 3:44 PM
Rick Johnson says:Amazing, had that happen to us at Etosha, got into the bonnet of the Land Rover and did not want to come out, it was quite annoyed.
Posted on: January 22, 2013, 3:54 PM
Malcolm Bond says:Hi Marlene and Stuart, An experience to remember. We saw our first Pyton in December but it just laid there with it's tongue flicking out to show that it was alive. Your snake was obviously looking for a warm place to have a snooze.
Posted on: January 23, 2013, 12:48 PM
Manfred Roth says:A very fortunate ending for both the snake and the car. You could have been stuck somewere in the middle of nowere. Exciting stuff.
Posted on: January 28, 2013, 3:51 PM
M Phuthini says:what if nobody saw the snake slithering up into your car, which means you would have droven back home with it? **shivering with fear**
Posted on: February 4, 2013, 12:26 AM
M Pringle says:Sjoe!!!!!!
Posted on: February 7, 2013, 4:12 PM
Mary says:Amazing pictures and experience. While I dont envy you your passenger I am a little jealous!!
Posted on: February 7, 2013, 8:42 PM
Akhtar says:It's called snake power and not horse power......lovely picture
Posted on: February 7, 2013, 11:07 PM
Your Name Here says:And no one killed it
Posted on: February 13, 2013, 5:41 AM
Steven says:good heavens, I never saw anything like that on my trip...
Posted on: February 13, 2013, 3:50 PM
Tom Wagner says:I would have loved that experience! What a beautiful creature. It must have just shed. My 5-foot Columbian red tailed boa sheds every time I feed it. It too is beautiful. It sheds often because I feed it full grown 'fresh' road kill squirrels to save a lot of money. :~)
Posted on: February 26, 2013, 5:16 AM
janey bennett says:How lucky were you to share such a wonderful up close and personnel experience with such a beautiful creature. We live in Sydney Australia and are mad about the Kruger, I have been going there since I was 3, 67 years ago. We are very fortunate to be able now, to spend 3 months a year in SA staying in Marloth Park and spending as much time as we can in the KNP
Posted on: March 9, 2013, 12:46 AM
Stella says:Wat 'n ondervinding. Dis presies hoekom ek so lief is om wildtuin toe te gaan. Daar is altyd opwinding.
Posted on: April 11, 2013, 4:34 PM
Your Name Here says:HI BIG WAS IT
Posted on: April 13, 2013, 1:25 PM
Your Name Here says:HI BIG WAS IT
Posted on: April 13, 2013, 1:25 PM
Jiji says:Love ur pics and ur story. Thanks 4 sharing.
Posted on: April 15, 2013, 12:43 AM
Helen says:As much as I love wildlife,this video (saw it on news24) gave me the shivers,but as the saying goes once you have lived in Africa it hard or near impossible to feel at home anywhere else.Let us pray and hope that one day soon we can all live in harmony together forever,enjoy our wildlife & protect it for future generations.
Posted on: April 30, 2013, 5:08 PM
Posted on: May 16, 2013, 1:37 PM
Kobus & Rosemasry Nagel sê says:Wat 'n ondervinding & uiters seldsame ervaring wat jul, vir ons wat H3 & daardie omgewing sò goed ken, mee te kan deel met die storie & die fotos. Wat is die ou-ou geheim: "Die regte tyd op die regte plek" & siedaar. Is eintlik 'n wonderwerk dat die luislang nie in 'n waaierband of ander roterende dele beland het nie. Gelukkig was dit 'n luislang & nie 'n pofadder of mamba nie. Kobus & Rosemary Nagel Kuilsrivier & Radiokansel Weskaap.
Posted on: August 14, 2013, 12:43 PM
Helen Paizes says:My fear for snakes is so intense the bush behind looks kind of more inviting than being any where near that th,th,th thsnake
Posted on: August 16, 2013, 10:15 PM
Your Name Here says:I would not have been that calm and collected.. well done on ensuring nature stayed safe
Posted on: September 6, 2013, 9:06 PM
Kim Hopkins says:Wow, what an experience. I hope that that never happens to me, but one must just be awake and as observant as possible. Who were lucky that there were other vehicles around to see were the snake went.
Posted on: October 10, 2013, 2:57 PM
Keith Davidson says:The African Python seems very healthy, and one can only guess that the creature was just looking for some warmth! May month in K.N.P. can be quite cold. We are about to leave this 21st October, after the signs of first Spring rains, and perhaps we may see termites "coming out". The migrant birds shall enjoy a banquet.
Posted on: October 10, 2013, 6:46 PM
Your Name Here says:What is the parks take on this if you are not near a look out are you allowed to get out of the car to remove the snake for its own safety
Posted on: October 10, 2013, 6:46 PM
michael chait says:Very cool, well done and thanks.
Posted on: October 14, 2013, 9:59 PM
Di Anderson says:What an incredible scary experience. Think the phython just wanted the warmth of your engine, but somehow better elsewhere that in your car. A memory you sure wont forget in a hurry.
Posted on: November 8, 2013, 4:52 PM
exRanger7 says:Great sighting ! Here is a video of the incident - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAmkTvbUtdY
Posted on: November 25, 2013, 2:17 PM
Ninksweni says:
Posted on: December 8, 2013, 8:49 PM
Chris maphunye says:I tell you, I would have passed ou there with immediate effect. I hate snakes with passion, for the fact that human beings and snakes are enemies. I don't want to mix petrol with fire. I know ppl are fond with snakes but not my portion.
Posted on: January 14, 2014, 3:30 PM
Haroldene says:I am glad it was not us as my husband would have been so excited as we do not kill snakes we relocate them I think this one is a bit to big for me.
Posted on: January 21, 2014, 3:52 PM
Dianna says:Wow I'm just glad it wasn't me - I would have exited the car ! Never mind the Lions ! and on the other hand am glad that the snake wasn't hurt in the process.
Posted on: February 12, 2014, 2:05 PM
MargaretBell says:I stayed at Hotel at Hazyview and had a snake under my bed which was not happy to be disturbed as he lived there before I arrived.Thankfully it was not as big as yours. I also had an ants nest and a lizard living in this room.
Posted on: March 2, 2014, 9:26 PM
Diane Brooks says:What an awesome experience. You are very lucky. But I agree with Dean Versfeld - the snake could have come to a nasty end during the 5km drive. I am desperately wanting to see a python in the wild. I hope I do so, on my next trip to Kruger in May :)
Posted on: March 14, 2014, 6:11 AM
Your Name Here says:how can u do to survive after biteing by blackmamber
Posted on: May 15, 2014, 3:07 AM
Jane Cullingworth says:I quite understand what you went through...we in the KNP a few years ago and the same thing happened to us as it happened to you - our snake was a puff adder and I might add all 4 of us were terrified so we drove as fast as we could to dislodge it as the people watching said it had gone up the front in the engine of the Kombi. We arrived at Satara in a bit of a state. A Ranger removed it and put it outside the fence. The removing was the hilarious part though as they put the car onto a a lift and examined it from underneath, the 4 guys doing all the matcho stuff scattered when the snake decided to get out and fell into the pit. However it all ended well, and like you guys we have had lots of laughs over this. There were four of us together and I must say in our 40 years of visiting the Park this had never happened to us.
Posted on: July 10, 2014, 2:42 PM
eyakeeyak says: it was a wondaful experience, I love it, am also happy b/c d snake did not injure anybody or they injure d snake. Where am comming from (my village), if you see a snake, is either d snake will bite u or u bite d snake with matchet(b/c it is dangarous). Dat is while our women used to run wen they see them, I used to see snake at least 2ice a week or more than especially wen I go to d bush or farm . The snake also used to run wen they sees us and I don't play with them. Now dat we've heard dis story my advice is dat not all d snake are d sameoooo for those of you planning to visit kruger park, you people should becarefull. All the same but I love these story, thank u 4 sharing with us.
Posted on: July 28, 2014, 5:54 PM
Ivan Leedenberg says:What an amazing story. I love snakes in the wild...to see them go about their own business, not worried about humans. Thanks for the lovely story.
Posted on: August 8, 2014, 9:21 PM
Elizabeth Murray says:We understand your comments we had a Cape Cobra in our Autohome in the Kalahari!
Posted on: August 10, 2014, 7:24 PM
Margaret Pallister says:I would have needed something much stronger than sugar water at Skukuza!
Posted on: December 5, 2014, 11:32 AM
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Posted on: December 14, 2014, 9:56 PM
Your Name Here says:Ya-eesh and I were very impressed because you were so calm during the incident we would've left the car and the snake and jumped into the Rangers vehicles. Lol
Posted on: January 23, 2015, 9:05 PM
Shirley Keywood says:I'm envious of your experience, but the reason for my comment is that's my old memory has been jogged by remembering the Argus Cape Town headline many years back that a huge Cobra was found under the bonnet of a car in main road Sea Point when the owner checked his windscreen water. Also have a lady friend who had a boomslang drop from a tree down her shirt ! Time we got to know and deal with our slithery friends.
Posted on: March 12, 2015, 8:39 PM
Your Name Here says:what a snake!
Posted on: March 15, 2015, 11:10 PM
Susanne Schubert says:Wow! What an experience! I had only read about something like this in a novel by Alexander McCall Smith, but never seen pictures in real life. I would have been unable as well to take more pictures!
Posted on: May 12, 2015, 12:36 PM
James says:Looks dangerous and i am bit scared about looks brave man this was who get the snake out from engine, i think there were cold there... Get a gym mats from http://ukgymmats.co.uk/gym-mats.html
Posted on: May 28, 2015, 8:19 AM
Des Simpson says:Nice size snack, glade it did not get hurt!
Posted on: June 6, 2015, 5:37 PM
Jackie Wiese says:What a brilliant sighting and experience. So glad that the Mrs Hiss came away unscathed! All is well that ends well!!
Posted on: June 10, 2015, 3:39 PM
Charlotte says:Wow!!!!!
Posted on: June 22, 2015, 9:41 AM
Your Name Here says:wonderful..wish we could have seen it. LOVE snakes
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Posted on: November 19, 2015, 1:59 AM
Ann says:What a beautiful snake. Leon is very brave encouraging it to move out of the car! Glad all ended well.
Posted on: December 5, 2015, 12:57 AM
Merri says:Oh my. Sometimes this happens in Australia - but with our slimmer, venomous species and the drivers and passengers are faced with a terrible dilemma. The snakes will move from one part of the car to another quite easily with the humans unsure whether the freeloader has dropped off somewhere! Ah Kruger. Oh to be able to close my eyes and be transported back there!
Posted on: December 9, 2015, 7:42 AM
Callie Barrow says:Woweee!! What an awesome adventure! And thank goodness that it was a python and not a black-mamba......can you imagine trying to get one of THOSE to get out of the car engine??!!
Posted on: January 23, 2016, 1:08 PM
Anita Steyn says: An experience I can definately do without. Not on my bucket list !!!!
Posted on: January 28, 2016, 1:23 PM
Wendy says:I am getting the chills just thinking about it. This will be my worst nightmare come true as I have a phobia for snakes but really love the outdoors. Which it was there without snakes.
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Posted on: May 5, 2016, 3:36 PM
Bree B says:YOu are braver than me......I would NEVER EVER have stayed in the car. Would have taken my chances with any other animal in the bush. Brave brave lady and delightful story.
Posted on: May 5, 2016, 11:59 PM
Renetha says:Scary experience. My colleague went to Barrydale for a weekend a couple of years ago and parked her car under a tree. When returning back to Cape Town via Robertson on the Sunday, her Golf stopped in the middle of nowhere. She phoned her brother who's a mechanic and he told her to open the bonnet which she did. She just gave one big scream and dropped her phone. Her brother phoned the police in Robertson who went to see what was wrong. An enormous snake was lying in her car engine - obviously sailed in there over the weekend sometime. They had to get the snake to move out - which he did ever so gracefully and into the farmland next to the road. I could just imagine Marlene's shock - i'd probably need something stronger to calm my nerves - even though i don't drink :-)
Posted on: June 9, 2016, 12:20 PM