Only in Africa……Not a tall story

My favourite news story of the week appeared this morning. I really like giraffes, and even had an ‘up close and personal’ meeting with one last year,


but I just can’t imagine how this South African guy must have felt when he saw a young oneΒ  galloping straight towards him as he was slowly driving through a Safari estate in his opened topped sport car. It ran right overΒ  his car with one hoof hitting his bonnet, and another just missing his head. You can see the full story here:


Luckily, neither he nor the giraffe were injured, but the car didn’t come out unscathed. Imagine contacting your insurance and claiming for giraffe damage. πŸ™‚

82 comments on “Only in Africa……Not a tall story

  1. I heard about this. We self drove through Kruger. Thinking of going again. We got charged by an elephant. The giraffes were peaceable.
    You have a wonderful blog and are enjoying life! Kudos. We are sisters in this!
    It’s a wonderful world!

  2. Great visual that had me laughing. My son is in the insurance industry and he tells some pretty wild stories regarding animal encounters. I pretty sure no Giraffe encounters though.
    Our zoo has a wonderful herd of Giraffes and my daughter and I love to feed them. The babes are just too cute.

  3. I am glad both human and animal made it unscathed. As for the car, too bad it was damaged, but it can be replaced (even by an incredulous insurer). πŸ™‚

  4. Oh my…that must have been scarey to watch the fellow galloping towards the car! at least he now has a great story to tell… πŸ™‚

  5. I suppose that situation is similar to potential alligator damage some cars could suffer here.
    Hey nice nose on the big fella Sylvia! πŸ™‚

  6. I think the insurance company would have an easier time with the claim in South Africa than in Los Angeles….. uh, I was driving down the freeway when this giraffe….

  7. My parents went on safari and saw something similar with an elephant – funny! Great pic, I love giraffes.

  8. I love giraffes, they are such big beauties. That really was a special story about meetings πŸ™‚ // Glad that there was no damage on the giraffe or the man // Maria

  9. That was quite a story! Giraffes are magnificent animals but I’m afraid I would not want to see one so up-close and personal!

  10. My Goodness! Glad you are ok. I would have taken advantage of the encounter to take a photo as well. πŸ™‚


    • Yes they are beautiful creatures, IT. I feel very privileged to have been able to meet one face to face, but I wouldn’t want one on top of my car. πŸ™‚

  11. This is not unknown I believe… heard of it happening in Kruger and elsewhere… had one chase me in Rhodesia and I was on foot… thank God for big thorn trees… couldn’t get near me… as for the insurance claim.. it could end up on their funny claims page…
    See you are back in the hammock.. must be nice and warm in KZN…

    • I hope you didn’t have to climb up a big thorn tree to get away from him. 😯 Yes it’s quite mild here for the time of year. My feet are cold though. 😦

  12. My sympathy is with the guy. Had a giraffe trip over my car in Kruger – but it had reason – being chased by lions. πŸ™‚

  13. I think giraffes are the most amazing looking animals. You couldn’t dream them up.

  14. I can only imagine!!!
    Now, the whole of America will think again that we share our daily lives with giraffes and elephants πŸ˜‰

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