Attacked By An Angry Elephant, Safari Tourists Keep Filming

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

What do you do when an angry bull elephant, trumpeting and ears flapping, comes straight at your safari truck? 

If you’re a group of Aussie tourists in Manyeleti Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, you stay calm and keep filming. 

A startling, 40-second video clip opens with someone exclaiming “f***ing hell!” as the elephant appears, looking menacing. The massive animal then moves forward, with the driver trying in vain to outmanoeuvre it.

The elephant comes straight at the truck.

“Hang on guys!” someone shouts.

“Just be calm!”

The truckload of tourists holds onto the back of the seats as the elephant rocks the vehicle and the driver puts it in reverse to try to get away.

Many people might panic in such a situation, but the woman immediately in front of the camera keeps on filming with her phone, utterly unperturbed. The person shooting the video keeps a pretty steady hand as well.

“Heads, heads…” the driver calls – reminding passengers to hang on tight and watch out for their noggins. 

The event ended well, with no injuries, a viral video and a great story to tell.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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