Elephant flips car in Kruger Park

Johannesburg - Three tourists were unhurt when an elephant flipped their car on the banks of the Sable Dam in the Kruger National Park on Thursday, the game reserve said.

The three occupants were on their way to the Letaba rest camp at the time, spokesperson William Mabasa said.

"The guests were at the dam and there was an elephant drinking water on the other side. It decided to cross through the dam and walked to them and started attacking," Mabasa said.

It turned the car onto its roof. The elephant was distracted and went into the bushes when another car approached.

The tourists claimed the elephant had not shown any signs of agitation prior to the attack.

"Only one of them sustained minor injuries. They were all seen by a doctor and then they went back home."

The Kruger National Park said over 1.5 million people visited the game reserve each year and incidents of this sort were rare.

In December an elephant bull attacked a couple and trampled on their car near the park's Pretoriuskop section. The SA National Parks killed the elephant in January.

At the time, SANParks said the elephant was put down because it had shown the type of aggressive behaviour before and posed a threat to other tourists.

Matthys Swart 2014-08-21 07:28:22 PM
Hierdie Olifant het wraak geneem. Mense, julle wil weer seker my tande steel, en julle het my boetie dood gemaak, dus, kry vir julle. Hierdie park wat ons in woon is ons gebied, so. skoert.
Mluleki Simelane911 2014-08-21 07:57:56 PM
Poor elephant , being made to look like a vandal
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-21 08:17:30 PM
This is mother nature and if they went into his space offcoarse he will defend lets not make this animal the gentle giant out to be bad lets respect nature but most important lets respect their space
John Greystoke 2014-08-21 08:25:44 PM
Flippen elephant!
Antony Cousens 2014-08-21 08:39:28 PM
Is that covered by insurance?
Kaleidoscope 2014-08-21 08:45:42 PM
Really, you did nothing? And when the elephant was making its way toward you? You thought it was coming over for a selfie? I was recently at the park and when the elephants came within 10 meters, we MOVED! Im glad nobody is badly injured, but tell the truth, because that elephants life now depends on your story!
Andre Krige 2014-08-21 09:07:19 PM
Cameron have a bad day today ?
Totch Totch 2014-08-21 09:54:51 PM
There are just too many elephants in Kruger, I traveled for south to north in July everywhere there are elephants.
Jack Thomas 2014-08-21 10:24:33 PM
Tsk! go play in the ocean...
Alta Winter Bezuidenhout 2014-08-21 11:43:34 PM
Mense leer ook nooit nie, as hy jou nader beter jy beweeg dit bly sy habitat