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Lion gets too close for comfort during a safari in Kruger National Park

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Published on July 24, 2018 - Duration: 00:51s

A lion got too close for comfort for a safari tracker sitting in a vehicle in Kruger National Park on July 21.

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Lion gets too close for comfort during a safari in Kruger National Park

A lion got too close for comfort for a safari tracker sitting in a vehicle in Kruger National Park on July 21.

โ€œDuring a recent safari, we were lucky to come across eight lions lying right next to the road,โ€ the filmer said.

โ€œTo see great numbers of lions in the African wild is always a great experience.

Little did we know that it would very quickly turn into an unexpected and nerve-wracking close encounter.โ€ โ€œOn the front of the safari vehicle is a single seat where a safari tracker sits, assisting the guide by spotting animals and scanning the terrain for any tracks and signs of animals,โ€ the filmer explained.

โ€œWe were admiring this pride of lions when one of the female lions suddenly started walking straight towards the person sitting on the front of the vehicle,โ€ the filmer said.

โ€œThe lioness stood right in front of the safari tracker,โ€ the filmer said โ€œThe lioness was staring with intent, ears cocked and her tail flicking and twitching up in the air.โ€ โ€œThis suddenly became a dangerous situation for the person sitting in that seat,โ€ the film said.

โ€œThis was a heart-stopping moment for everyone on the vehicle.โ€ โ€œThese safari guides and trackers are amazingly well-trained and very experienced,โ€ the filmer said.

โ€œThe tracker did not make a move while sitting dead still, which is the right thing to do." โ€œThe lion was way too close for everyoneโ€™s comfort,โ€ the filmer said.

"The guide then made the decision to start the vehicle and slowly reversed back to a safer distance.โ€ โ€œThis was probably one of the most nerve-wracking encounters we have experienced in a long time and thanks to the experience of the guides we managed to avoid a potential nasty situation,โ€ the filmer said.

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