Watch the scary video showing a group of tourists being used as a decoy by a Buffalo that is being hunted by a pride of lions!
39-Year-old Director Jennifer Coleman and 32-year-old Programme Manager at the School of Law, Liechen Tonkin were both on two different safari vehicles when a pride of lions starting trying to catch a buffalo. The lions chased it right into the safari vehicle that Jennifer and her partner were in!
Incredibly, they both managed to capture this event unfolding from two different angles which made for a spectacular sighting!
They told LatestSightings.com that this was a once in a lifetime experience.
Liechen told Latest Sightings: “We were staying at Ivory Tree Lodge and our game ranger (Kyle) asked us what we wanted to see. My partner and I haven’t seen buffalo in the Pilanesberg before and requested buffalo. I mentioned to Kyle that I saw on the Latest Sightings WhatsApp group (Click to join: https://chat.whatsapp.com/IuiiBHWKtReKMWaASpce76) that Buffaloes were sighted earlier the day and we drove in that direction.”
“Upon getting closer, a few vehicles passed us and told us that they saw lions, buffalo and elephant in the direction we were driving. Those tourists missed the hunt within a minute!”
“We saw 2 buffalo in the distance but stopped to look at a lioness and her 3 cubs. In another direction, we saw another lioness and then a lion running. Kyle turned the vehicle around and we followed the lions to see what he was running after. In a matter of seconds, it all unfolded right next to the game vehicle. We saw the buffalo charging the lion, then the buffalo running and the lions’ in pursuit.”
“My partner and I were very calm – we sat – smiling at each other (it has always been a dream of his to see the buffalo and a joint dream to see a hunt). I was not the one gasping in the video – that would be the person sitting behind me. We were routing for the buffalo but were shocked when the buffalo smashed into the car in front of us. My first thought when that happened was, that I hope my camera recorded it! Because the ranger of the vehicle might need it (my labor law brain).”
While Jennifer added:
“It was a very calm drive with not much happening – we then stopped to look at some lion cubs with their mom in the far distances on the one side of the road. On the other side were two male buffalo on their own. All of a sudden, in the further distance, a male lion started chasing a male buffalo that ended up crossing the road in front of us, and we excitedly watched the chase unfold!”
“The two lionesses that were with the cubs joined in on the pursuit of the buffalo. The buffalo was very disoriented from being spun around and ended up crashing into the game viewing vehicle with a loud thud. This gave the male lion a big fright and some time for the buffalo to get away and run off in the opposite direction.”
Both the filmers of this sighting said that they were extremely happy that the buffalo got away, and equally surprised when it ran into the vehicle!