Playful Young Elephants Delight Tourists by Pretending to Charge Safari Car in Kruger National Park

A group of spirited young elephants delighted tourists when they playfully pretended to charge at a safari car in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Paul Charnley, a visitor to the park, captured the endearing moment on camera during a family trip on March 31.

The video shows a small herd of elephants crossing the road ahead of the safari vehicle, with two lively calves playfully wrestling each other.


Upon realizing they had an audience, the pleasant young elephants decided to entertain their onlookers, mock-charging toward the car.

The charming scene shows the young elephants comically stumbling over their feet as they run, stopping several meters from the vehicle.

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The youngsters are seen playing in Kruger National Park in South Africa on March 31 before spotting the safari vehicle watching them. Source: Daily Mail

Tourists inside the car can be heard laughing in surprise as one of the playful elephants swings its trunk and trumpets at the vehicle.


Fully grown African elephants can reach 13 feet in height at the shoulder and weigh up to 12,000 pounds, making a charging adult elephant a dangerous encounter.

Fortunately for the safari-goers, these two spirited youngsters seemed to have no intention of causing harm.

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One of the calves then pretends to charge toward the car whilst staying several meters away. Source: Daily Mail

In northeastern South Africa, Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves, spanning over 4.9 million acres.


The park is home to diverse wildlife, including the famous big five: lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, and elephants.

With its stunning landscape of mountains, bush plains, and tropical forests, Kruger National Park also provides a haven for various birds and smaller mammals.

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Surprised passengers inside the car can be heard laughing as one of the young elephants swings their trunk toward the vehicle whilst letting out a trumpeting noise. Source: Daily Mail

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