A terrifying moment when an angry giraffe chased away a tour van at Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Narok County, has been caught on camera.
Dicken Muchena, accompanied by other tourists, was watching game when a lone giraffe charged towards their car. It prompted the driver to drive away at speed, kick up a cloud of dust as the giraffe followed in tow.
As he slowed down to ford a shallow stream, the giraffe overtook the van, turned and faced the driver. “The giraffe seemed harmless at first – but all of a sudden it turned foul and chased us,” said Muchena, 27, a teacher and photographer.
The driver engaged the reverse gear and began barrelling backwards. “Oh my God! Oh my God!” one of the scared tourists can be heard in the video saying.
The scared toured guide, seated at the front of the vehicle is seen scampering from his seat and climbing onto the bonnet. After several tense minutes, the giraffe slows down almost as suddenly as it had started running.
The incident happened three days ago. Giraffes are capable of running at 65 kilometres per hour, notes the British newspaper Daily Mail, which first broke the story.
Luckily, nobody was hurt. “It was certainly a scary adventure,” Muchena told the newspaper. For the video, see below, courtesy of SWNS.