Nyami Nyami is the Zambezi River God. He is the protector of the Tonga people and gives them sustenance in difficult times. Believed by the Tonga tribe of the Zambezi Valley to be a serpent-like creature of about three metres wide and a length no one dares to guess at. Many years ago, Chief Sampakaruma is recorded as seeing him on two occasions but since the white man came to the Zimbabwe Nyami Nyami has been in hiding. Legend has it that Nyami Nyami would turn the river water red when swimming past.