A Zim PH and his Tracker told me that a Mamba rose up just in front of the Tracker while they were tracking buffalo one day. The PH quickly raised his .458 Lott and shot the snake off-hand with open sights at about 5 yards. Perfect shot. The Tracker was very grateful. If you have been to Africa, you have likely seen all the little gecko lizards around most camps. The wife of the Camp Manager in Coutada 9 in Mozambique told me she was lying on the bed in their house one day reading a book when suddenly a little gecko lizard, followed by a Mozambican Spitting Cobra, jumped off one of the ceiling beams in the house and landed on her chest and lap! Luckily, the lizard, with the snake in hot pursuit, scurried off the bed immediately before anything bad happened. Another time, she found one in the dish drying rack next to the kitchen sink. She had her husband install chicken wiring underneath all the ceilings in all the huts and houses. Not long thereafter, they moved back to South Africa. Lol. While I was hunting in the Niassa Reserve in extreme Northern Mozambique, I was standing in the back of the Cruiser with two trackers. I was on the right side of the bench seat behind the cab. We were driving off the road through scattered trees and at times, the Trackers and I were ducking under oncoming branches. I was ducking under just such a branch when suddenly, the two Trackers standing to my left leaned away from me and yelled, "Cobra, Cobra Cobra!" The PH heard the yelling and thought we must have seen a game animal so he immediately stopped the Cruiser while I was still ducking under the branch. I hadn't seen the snake on the branch yet and I froze and yelled at the PH, "Snake! go, go go!" Luckily, he let out the clutch and quickly drove away and the snake did not bite me in the head, neck or shoulders. Once we drove a few meters away, he stopped the Cruiser and we looked back to the branch and saw a Boomslang snake with it's mouth wide-open and very angry. That was a close one! Boomslang venom is deadly and I was told the nearest anti-venom was in South Africa. The venom causes severe hemorrhaging and death about 20 hours later when unsuspecting people think they are in the clear. It's not a fast-acting venom like the Mamba's but deadly, nonetheless. I had a few stiff G&Ts that night back at camp!