Imagine embarking on a safari journey to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. Now, picture being sandwiched between a herd of lions and an elephant – an experience one driver in South Africa’s Kruger National Park will never forget.
This extraordinary encounter occurred when a humble blue car was held captive by a dual roadblock: a massive elephant on one end and a dozen lions from the Vurhami pride lounging casually.
Luckily, the driver was never at risk. They patiently awaited the elephant to lumber along before skillfully maneuvering around the lounging lions, illustrating the unexpected adventures that can occur during a safari.
These thrilling moments were captured by Stella Stewart, a 59-year-old housewife, in 2013, whose images have only recently surfaced to the public. Stella assured that the driver was never in peril despite the unusual scene.
Stella explained, “Both the elephant and lions showed no aggression. This piqued my curiosity about how long the driver would need to wait for the lions to move.
The elephant didn’t spare the car a second look. However, the lions seemed rather cautious of the vehicle and the elephant. I’ve seen roadblocks created by lions and elephants, but this is the first seeing a car caught in between.”
Once the elephant gradually meandered off to the other side of the road, the unidentified driver adeptly steered around the lion pride, avoiding disturbing their relaxation time and continuing their unforgettable safari journey.
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