Breathtaking moment as a young giraffe chases a truck full of safari enthusiasts in South Africa

We are one step ahead! Passionate moment when giraffe chases tourists safari vehicle through South Africa reserve

  • Young male giraffe runs after a vehicle carrying tourist enthusiasts in South Africa
  • The giraffe was left as a young, but released back into the wild
  • The youngster was just investigating and was not acting aggressive



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This is the breathtaking moment when a juvenile giraffe chases a vehicle full of safari enthusiasts in South Africa.

The young male giraffe lives in the wild in the game reserve in northern Kwazulu Natal.

The moment was captured by wildlife photographer and safari guide Matt Yardley. He and his team made their outing for the sake of the guests – and the giraffe.

The youngster was just investigating and was not acting aggressive

The giraffe was left as a young, but released back into the wild

The giraffe was left as a young, but released back into the wild

Young male giraffe runs after a truck carrying tourist enthusiasts in South Africa

Matt, 35, from Salt Rock, South Africa, said: “The giraffe was abandoned as a child but was released back into the wild so it still has a lot of game in it.

“But there’s also a certain tameness about him.”

Although the giraffe’s size and speed looked terrifying at first, the boy was just exploring and not behaving aggressively in any way.

Matt added: “He was curious about the vehicle and tried to sort it out and that resulted in the chase.

The giraffe manages to get very close to the vehicle

The giraffe manages to get very close to the vehicle

The tourist in the backseat leaned forward to get a better look...and for safety!

The tourist in the backseat leaned forward to get a better look...and for safety!

The giraffe manages to get very close to the vehicle

“He associated the vehicle with his upbringing, but at the same time he’s a wild giraffe, so there was a confusion that I found quite interesting.

“My thoughts while filming were not only the safety for my guests but also for the giraffe. I made sure the driver was driving at a good speed to keep the giraffe at a safe distance and that we weren’t driving too fast and getting hurt ourselves.

“Our driver handled the situation extremely well.

“All ends well, the animal was safe and no one got hurt. It was a great experience and there was a lot of laughs afterwards, so it’s just one of those feel-good moments.”

The images were shot in early 2021.

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