Impala Leaps into Car to Escape Cheetahs at Kruger Natl. Park

Impala Leaps into Car to Escape Cheetahs at Kruger Natl. Park

The African plains make for some of the most memorable, awe-inspiring and downright awesome moments in the natural world — and luckily, these amazing scenes almost always seem to play out in front of a camera.

From the legendary "Battle at Kruger" to GoPro-style videos of bikers getting KO'd by hartebeest, it's almost guaranteed that any video of African wildlife is sure to wow you. This latest example is no exception.

According to The Daily Telegraph, a group of tourists at South Africa's Kruger National Park witnessed a herd of impala being pursued by a pair of cheetahs, which is when one impala was desperate enough to leap into another tourist's car.

As seen in the video, the herd crossed a road packed with tourists' vehicles as it headed for the brush, followed closely by a pair of cheetahs. The big cats then singled out one impala, which made a beeline back toward the road. In a last-ditch effort to shake the predators, the impala leapt into a Toyota Prado right in front of the camera.

"We watched the cheetah chasing the impala. We saw a few of them turn around in the bushes towards the road they were running from," said Samantha Pittendrigh, 20, who filmed the amazing scene. "All of a sudden we saw the impala jump out of the bushes and then someone started screaming 'it is in the car, it is in the car.'"

Park rules state all tourists must remain in their vehicles at all times — the reasoning behind that rule is pretty clear — so the tourists inside the vehicle had to figure out how to get a frightened impala out of their car without taking a hoof to the face.

"People in other cars screamed 'open the door, open the door,'" Pittendrigh said.

Amazingly, they were able to get the impala free, and shortly afterward it was trotting around like nothing happened, while the cheetahs abandoned the chase altogether.

Animals do some amazing things to get away from predators, and in Africa, where the animals are bigger, faster and have virtually no fear of humans, the chase certainly makes for some incredible video.

Recommended for You


Steiner Predator AF Binoculars: Quality at the Right Price

Joe Arterburn - May 28, 2019

Sponsored By

Sub-Gauge Shotguns for Turkey Hunting

Larry Case

Smaller and lighter, sub-gauge shotguns are making a resurgence in the turkey woods.

North America Big Game

How to Field Judge Bears

Jospeh Von Benedikt

Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Cheeseburger Poppers

David Draper shares his recipe for making delicious cheeseburger poppers with wild game in this edition of "Fare Game."

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 12: High Plains Elk

David Draper teams up with Fred Eichler to hunt elk on the high plains of southern Colorado.

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 7: Beginner's Luck

Host Kali Parmley takes first-time hunter Danae Hale of CZ-USA to Wyoming for a mule deer hunt. After covering all the basics with Danae, the girls head into the field and what happens next goes way beyond either of their expectations!

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


Do Coyotes Really Affect the Whitetail Herd?

Jeff Johnston

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you.


America's Top 10 Big Game Cartridges

Joseph von Benedikt - September 19, 2016

These rounds have proven themselves most worthy in the field.

North America

5 Great Last-Minute Public-land Hunts

Joseph von Benedikt - October 16, 2017

Didn't draw? Here are five great places you can still make a 2017 mule deer hunt. According to...

See More Stories

More News


Can Hunters and Non-Hunters Honor Shared Values?

Tovar Cerulli - August 10, 2016

Sometimes the drama plays out on an international stage, as it did last summer with Cecil the...


Ghost Cats: Eastern Cougars Don't Exist!

David Hart - October 24, 2016

Mike Fies was home getting ready for Christmas when his boss called. A woman not far from...


Second Season of 'Yellowstone' with Cole Hauser

Mike Schoby - June 19, 2019

2018's number-­one watched new cable series is back for Season 2.

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.