CHEETAHS are known for speed, accuracy and grace – but this agile predator humiliated itself after falling into a JEEP full of tourists. The curious cat was playing with seven other cheetahs in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, much to the delight of some watching safari-goers.
Amir Ahmed, a 69-year-old airline pilot from Dubai, filmed the cheetah prowling on the roof of the Land Rover. But the elegant cat suddenly lost its footing and fell into the jeep.
Videographer / Director: Amir Ahmed
Producer: Rebecca Lewis, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal, Ian Phillips, Kyle Waters
The Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara,” which is Maa (Maasai language) for “spotted,” an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.
It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.