Tourist Videos Incredible Encounter With Pride Of Lionesses In South Africa
A tourist has filmed the incredible moment when he was confronted with a pride of lions strolling towards him.
The footage, captured in Kruger National Park, in South Africa, was taken by Brit Steve Haley, and shows the lionesses walking down a road, directly towards him.
At first there doesn't seem to be a problem.
But as they approach, the group suddenly become startled, looking off into the distance, and for a moment it looks as though shit is bout to kick off.
Fortunately for Steve it turns out to be a false alarm and after a few seconds they're back on their way.
The three-minute clip shows the females getting closer and closer to his car, and you can hear Steve gasp, "Oh my God... Jesus Christ." Despite being in complete shock, he keeps his cool - and, more importantly, keeps the camera fixed on the impressive beasts.
He can then be heard saying: "I don't know what to do."
You're not alone, Steve.
But the animals are so accustomed to humans stopping to take photographs of them, as well as the stunning landscape, that they know there's no need to panic and they pass by just a few inches before disappearing.
Steve, from Canterbury, in Kent, shared the 'once-in-a-lifetime' clip, posting online that it had been taken during a two-month trip in the park, where he had been camping alone.
He said: "I witnessed this incredible Lion Pride encounter when I was driving past Kumana dam on my way back to Satara campsite where I was spending 8 weeks alone camping in the park.
''I was completely alone and this was the first time I had witnessed anything like this and to see how big these beautiful big cats were up close was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
''I didn't know what to do. I'm glad I froze and stayed and continued filming."
This is not the first time the intrepid explorer has captured amazing footage on his travels. During the same trip he videoed a fellow tourist saving the life of a trapped Impala.
The animal had become stuck in the mud, and unable to move, prevented from continuing to keep up with its herd.
After being pulled out of the muck by its antlers, footage shows the liberated animal having a brief rest before going to join the rest of its pals.
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