Tourists on a walking safari at Kruger National Park experienced a scary moment when a male lion made a charge, prompting one tourist to take evasive action.
Angelo and Heulwen were with two “extremely knowledgeable guides” who had spent months in the bush filming and knew the area intimately.
“So we were as safe as one could be on foot, which isn’t very safe at all honestly!” the tourist wrote in the description on Kruger National Park’s YouTube channel.
The male lion began by running toward the group and stopping. He looked back at the lioness in the bush and then back at the tourists. Then he made a full charge.
“Come on, my boy,” the guide said to the charging lion. “Hey!”
Fortunately the lion stopped in its tracks and retreated, and the guide didn’t need to use the gun he was holding.
“The two lions were mating in the bush—you can see the lioness in the background very briefly—and we disturbed them, thus the mock charges and my jerk terrified reaction on filming!”
Ducking behind the guide is probably what most people in the same situation would do.
The excitement at Kruger National Park didn’t stop there for the tourists.
“What I didn’t film was even more terrifying events of having to scramble up a tree just after this to escape a herd of buffalo who heard the commotion,” the tourist wrote. “And then later coming across another lion who (abnormally) stalked and charged us (no mock charge). You know it was serious when your guide looks visibly shaken!
“Later the Lion was airlifted far away by rangers from any human contact. Anyway it was an exciting trip!!!”
And one they survived.
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