It’s no doubt to say that the adventurous spirit and the bravery are running in your blood if you are the off-road lovers. So you must love going on safari because your Jeep and you will be the perfect couple for this overland journey. This post is going to tell you a lifetime Jeep safari experience based on the true story of Britton Hayes when the cheetahs jumped into his Jeep.
When Britton Hayes booked the Jeep safari tours of Grand Ruaha Safaris in Serengeti national park, he couldn’t ever imagine that the slogan of the tour “Adventure of a lifetime” would be so real for him. Being the visitors, his group and he encountered three young cheetahs were hunting. Because of this lucky chance, they decided to stop for watching the hunt. Although they got the approval of the safari guide for this decision, there is always unexpected thing happens on the Jeep: their vehicle caught the cheetahs’attention. The wild animals started curious about the strange objects on their hunt and tried to approach the vehicle. This situation suddenly happened so it was too late for Hayes and his friends to drive away since a cheetah can run up to 75mph on a chase. Nobody wants to startle these hungry cheetahs if you don’t want to make things worse.
At first, one of the cheetahs hopped onto the hood and was sniffing around so everyone including Hayes paid all the attention in the front. While everyone was all watching the cheetah in the hood, one of the brothers had flanked around the back and hopped right through the window and into the backseat. This cheetah was directly behind Hayes and started sniffing around.
The safari guide instructed Hayes to slow down his breathing, avoid eye contact, and let the cheetah sniff around until he was done ‘exploring.’
Whenever Hayes recalls this unpredictable Jeep safari experience, he always shares it is probably one of the scariest moments of his life. Because he had to try to be as calm and still as possible by clearing his mind of any thoughts to avoid any bad outcome. You may be heard about the predators like these wild animals, they can sense fear and any sort of discomfort you are feeling, then they will react based on it. The key factors here are you mustn’t startle the cheetahs and be calm while they sniff around you. You need to let the wild animals know that you guys aren’t a threat. After that, the cheetahs were distracted by a passing gazelle and remembered of their unfinished hunt. They finally decided to leave the vehicle and chase their new prey. Even though everyone in the Jeep was in shock, no one was harmed. They paused for 10 seconds as the cheetahs walked away and they couldn’t believe that they got out of the situation, that it was real.
This story is one of the most valuable guidelines for those that want to gain more Jeep driving experience, especially about self-drive desert safari. Because you have to know how to react to this kind of unexpected problem which no one can help you on the trail. Seeing the wild animals when going on Safari is the things everyone wants to experience but facing with the carnivorous animals will be the big problem if you don’t know how to deal with it in the right way. That’s why you should learn the proper tips such as the instructions that the safari guide gave Hayes in this article. Stick it in your mind and don’t be panic because you know that any small mistakes may lead you to the fatal death.
This is the entire video of this lifetime Jeep safari experience which was filmed by Peter Heistein, another man on the trip who had the camera on his phone. Let’s watch it and learn how people feel through their facial expression during this frightening moment.
😮 Seattle man (Elisa Jaffe KOMO's son Britton) got up close and personal with a cheetah while on safari in Tanzania! 🐆FULL STORY: https://bit.ly/2GiQ6n2
Posted by KOMO News on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The references for this article: www.pawsomeanimals.me and www.blog.theanimalrescuesite.com