Africa’s Top 10 Fastest Animals!
6. African Wild Dog
Also known as “Cape Hunting Dogs”, or “Painted Hunting Dogs”, these wild dogs have the greatest success rate while hunting (85%). Their speed is also somewhat remarkable, with sprints of up to 64 km/h (39.7 mph)!
Giraffes have a unique “slow motion” running style! The cowl does not make the monk, as they can easily reach speeds of 50 km/h (31 mph).
Yep, you heard me right, the hippo is part of Africa’s top 10 fastest animals! Hard to believe? They can speed up to 48 km/h (30 mph) on land, and can even run as fast as a man can walk while under water. Bring it on Mr. Usain Bolt, you still have a bit of workout to do! 🙂
NB: Just to put things into perspective, Usain Bolt (the fastest man alive ’til this day) ONLY runs at 37.57 kph (23 mph). Easy peezy, run this in my sleep! 😉 🙂 In other words, he wouldn’t even make it in this listing.
45 km/h (27.9 mph) for the Black rhino, and about 40 km/h (24.8 mph) for the White rhinoceros over short distances. Not to be disturbed!
10. African Elephant
9-12 km/h is usually the norm, while full charge “get out of the way” pace easily reaches speeds upwards of 40 km/h! Rumor has it that a charging elephant can be stopped by throwing a big stone (or log) in front of the animal’s fore feet. Have never tried it, but wouldn’t recommend you taking the risk though…an elephant charge is something you won’t forget! 🙂