For many people, going on a safari holiday comes pretty high up on their bucket list – and it’s not hard to see why. The opportunity to see some of the world’s most majestic and awe inspiring animals in their natural habitat has enormous appeal.
Although, unlike a zoo, the wilds of Africa don’t always play by the rules and there is always a chance that you’ll encounter the unexpected, whether it be a lion trying to open your car door or finding yourself parked in the middle of an Impala hunt.
Here are 25 of our favourite Safari Videos:
Cheetahs are the fastest land animal on the planet and there an estimated 12,000 remaining in the wild. There main diet is small, hoofed animals such as the Impala and Gazelle. To maintain control at such high speeds, Cheetahs use their tails to steer – similar to how a rudder steers a boat.
Elephants are very intelligent creatures and live in very close knit groups called herds. They can grow up to 14ft tall and weigh up to 15,000lbs (the weight of 3 small cars!), so it’s definitely not ideal when a full grown male start’s chasing your Safari Jeep. Although with a top speed of around 25mph, you should be able to drive away!
There are two types of Rhinoceros in Africa, the Black Rhino and the White Rhino. They are the second largest land mammal after the Elephant and can weigh up to 7,000lbs and reach a top speed of 30mph!
Cheetahs are curious animals and will investigate anything new in their environment, something these safari goers found out…
Impala are very quick animals and can reach speeds of 50mph, which is actually faster than a Leopards top speed of 39mph – no wonder the Leopard took a chance and went for this Impala mid air.
Kudu are big, majestic members of the Antelope family and can weigh up to 270kg. Found throughout South East Africa, they prefer to live in the bush lands and dense forest areas as their colourings offer them camouflage – something this Kudu was lacking in the middle of the road.
Proof that the ‘Doors Locked At All Times’ warning sign is one worth reading…
Despite their size and short legs, Hippos can reach speeds of 15mph and sometimes 30mph in short spurts. Also because of their size they prefer not to swim, although their body fat makes them buoyant enough to stay afloat, they prefer instead to wade through water – so this boat must have done something bad to make a Hippo angry enough to swim!
Antelopes are fast and nimble when under attack, a fact this Lion probably knew all too well – no wonder it took saw an opportunity and took it.
Baby elephants are often regarded as one of the cutest animals around. This one having a stumble does nothing to disprove this.
Buffalo are not animals to be messed with, this is why Lions tend to take one on in a pride or small hunting pack. One on one, a Lion is no match for the Buffalo’s strength and deadly horns.
Not all Lions are aggressive in nature as the above video proves, but for a human to be accepted in this way is truly something special.
As majestic as Elephants are, if they feel you are threatening them or their Memory (yes, a group of Elephants is called a Memory) they can become very territorial and protective.
When you go on safari, don’t lean out of the car window when you’re feet from a fully grown Lion. If you want a better picture, buy a better lens.
Despite weighing over 200kg, Kudu are very powerful and fast animals. Even so, hurdling a car with such ease is no easy task.
This video shot at Kruger National Park goes to show that getting the perfect safari photo isn’t always worth the consequences.
Both the video above and below add further proof that the physical prowess of Leopards is astounding!
Mirrors to use are nothing out of the ordinary, but imagine not knowing what a mirror was? The reactions of some of these animals is brilliant, a real mixture of fear, confusion and aggression! I think the Chimpanzees worked it out though…
Let’s go for a bike ride, what can go wrong? Well, turns out quite a lot if you’re not aware of your surroundings.
Proof that Rhinos and Hippos can get along! Although, they might both look quite similar and live in the same habitats – they’re not related species. The Rhino’s closest living relative is actually the Donkey, while Hippos are closely related to Dolphins!
Giraffe’s are often seen as comedy characters with their long necks and legs, but as this one proves – they can more than stand up for themselves.
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