The chances of this happening to you are slim to none, but still. What would you do in this situation? For wildlife photographer, Peter Heistein, he had a once in a lifetime encounter when a cheetah in the Serengeti hopped up into his car and hung out there for 10 MINUTES!
Close Encounter Here’s a video clip from my last Safari: The video shows my stepson Britton Hayes who was on his first trip to Africa with his dad.. We had come across several cheetah who were taking a midday break. We stoped for lunch while observing them. After a time they got up and started to move in unison as we were photographing from the road. They moved diagonally across our field of view and as they neared the vehicle the two younger brothers broke off and came towards us. The cheetah makes use of high points such as termite mounds to scan the environment. Apparently we represented a unique scouting platform to them. Before we knew it, one jumped on the hood of the safari vehicle while the other made use of the spare tires out back to get into the rear window. Britt credits our experienced guide Alex Mnyangabe with helping him stay calm and asked me to film him. While Britt was frightened we never felt any threat coming from the cheetah. After a short exploration the three of them moved away to continue their hunt. An amazing experience we will never forget. My thanks to Grand Ruaha Safaris for bringing us to this unique encounter with the wild . . . #ig_shotz #worldshotz #natgeo #Grandruahasafaris #theworldshotz #splendid_animals #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #natgeowild #natgeohub #natgeowildlife #africananimals #serengeti #exclusive_wildlife @peterheistein
The best advice in this situation would be to stay incredibly still in order to not startle the creature. This is precisely what Peter did while simultaneously recording this incredible video footage for us!
"A cheetah decided to explore our vehicle on a safari I was leading... Another jumped on the hood and was staring at us through the windshield. They were just curious, we kept calm and let them go about their business."
The cheetahs were fascinated by the vehicle, but mercifully, they spotted a gazelle and came to the conclusion that it was more interesting. This was a thrill of a lifetime for Peter and thankfully he made it to tell the tale.