When an elderly man booked a safari adventure of a lifetime to South Africa he knew he’d been in for a trip he’d never forget.
But little did he know that he’d end up getting involved in a physical encounter with an aggressive elephant.
Irishman John Somers took a friend for a relaxing holiday to the Pilansberg Game Reserve in Johannesburg to celebrate his 66th birthday.
But as the wildlife enthusiasts drove along a dusty road they found themselves in the path of a five-tonne bull elephant, who charged towards them.
At first the massive mammal, named Amarula, went trunk-to-trunk with the grey car, before resting his weight right down on top of it.
The boystrous elephant then flipped the vehicle over into a ditch like a toy car as the terrified occupants hung on for dear life.
Luckily the bull eventually got bored and the pair escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.
It is believed the animal was pumped full of hormones as it went in search of the mate.
The full sequence of bizarre events was captured by photographer Riaan van Wyk, who was watching from a safe distance.