This video, filmed near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, proves just why it’s imperative to listen to all those signs in game parks that warn about keeping your windows closed!
The video was uploaded by Latestsightings and filmed by a chemical engineer Mark Williams-Wynn (29) on Monday.
The frightening moment when the lion attacked the car apparently occurred just after it had been trying to mate with a lioness. (Read more below.)
WATCH Lion Quickly Attacks Car in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Mark said: “The big lion had made a few advances on the female, nuzzling her and trying to get her consent, but every time, he was rebuffed with a fierce growl from her. After the umpteenth attempt, all of a sudden, he walked away from her and started staring at the occupants of the closest car.
“I guess that he either decided to see if he could impress his lady with some bravado, or else he needed something to take his frustrations out of… Luckily I started the camera rolling, as, quick as a flash, he had attacked the car and turned back to the female, as if to say, “Look how brave I am.”
“There was nothing that the occupants of the vehicle had done wrong, and luckily they had their windows up, as it could have otherwise ended in disaster.” Apparently Mark spoke to them afterwards and they were “fairly traumatised”. He says “no-one was hurt, simply because they followed all of the rules and did not panic.”
He also revealed that about 15 minutes later the lion was rebuffed by the female again, and this time the closest car was an open top safari vehicle. “Thankfully the game guide driving this vehicle had lightning reflexes. As soon as the lion locked eyes with him, he started the vehicle and was already moving when the lion attacked… All of the occupants of this second vehicle were ashen-faced after this close encounter.”
Mark said it was “probably the scariest thing” he’s ever experienced in the bush. He said he’s often seen scenes of mating, but he’s never seen a lion attacking and hitting a car.
“It shows how dangerous putting any part of your body out of the window at a sighting is.”