Angry South African elephants seen charging terrified British and Australian safari tourists

This is the moment a group of terrified TV crew members were left quaking in fear as a deadly stampede of angry elephants repeatedly charged their safari truck during a trip to South Africa. What was supposed to be a relaxing chill out for the group of ten Britons and Australians became an experience of a lifetime when they ran into a herd of 40 elephants. The TV crew tourists had booked into a South African safari lodge for a holiday after filming a series of the Australian version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in the Kruger National Park. The huge herd had panicked when a pride of hungry lions were detected by the adult elephants stalking their group of vulnerable calves. The lions were looking for an easy kill but as the males elephants went on the offensive, the rest of the herd stampeded for safety and the tourists found themselves stuck right in the middle. TV producer Trent Holmes, 40, who filmed this incredible encounter said: ‘Our guide Gert Kruger heard trumpeting while we were out in the bush and said a herd were nearby moving very fast. ‘He took us down a dirt track to see what was going on and suddenly coming from our right trumpeting and smashing through trees and bush was this huge herd of upset elephants. ‘They were moving very fast and Gert turned off the engine so as not to frighten them and let them pass but it turned out we were between this part of the herd and the rest of it. ‘One fronted us up with big tusks and it was so scary but we thought after that they were all gone into the bush. ‘Then from the left of us one big elephant which I think was a female came bursting through the trees with its ears flaring and trumpeting and I have never been so scared ever. ‘Ranger Gert was so calm and just shouted out to the elephant: “Relax, come on, move off”. ‘It stopped its charge and you see and hear us on video laughing and see us smiling, but trust me it was a nervous reaction as we were all so scared because the elephant was so big. ‘Then it came back and charged fast again through the trees with its trunk out and one of our group begged Gert to drive away and he said: “Relax guys, we can’t go now, we have to wait it out”. ‘Then we had a third charge by the same elephant and it got so close with its trunk coming out towards us and I cannot tell you how terrified we were but Gert just said: “Hey relax”. ‘We then saw more elephants coming from our right and realised we were caught in the middle of the herd which is why Gert said the elephants on the left were upset with us. ‘Finally we had two big ones come right up to us and were eyeballing us and putting their trunks up close to us but Gert was calm and telling us just to relax and to keep quiet. ‘When the full herd had crossed he felt there was a safe time to turn on the engine and we slowly moved away followed by three or four elephants who were just shepherding us off. ‘Trust me the relief when there was distance between us for all was amazing.’It was the most incred

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