Cape Town - When a black rhino decides to charge, you don't want to be on the receiving end.
But when farm and lodge managers (the location has not been disclosed for obvious reasons), Andrew and Sam, spotted one of these magnificent creatures - they couldn't help but stop and snap a few pictures.
They did however get a bit more than they bargained for.
The two were out in search of some cheetah spotted close to their lodge. On their way back, the lonely black rhino emerged presenting a photo opportunity too good to miss.
They caught the rhino's attention with the squeak of their brakes. The rhino trots towards the vehicle and then starts to charge, only stopping 20cm from their car.
Andrew and Sam told Latest Sightings, this was a particularly rare sighting as Sam originally thought they were passing a rock standing in the field.
Moments before the expected impact, Sam dropped the camera phone and they urged the rhino to stop.
Although this was a scary experience, we are pleased that these sightings still occur considering the severity of poaching in SA.
Rhino conservation is receiving much-needed attention in SA as we prepare to host the CITES CoP17 conference - set to take place in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Most recently the department of environmental affairs also revealed five requirements currently being implemented to create an environment conducive for rhino conservation in South Africa, and effectively address rhino poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn. These include:
• The adoption and implementation of the National Integrated Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
• Community empowerment, including the development, adoption and implementation of a Community Empowerment Plan
• Biological management, including the adoption of an African rhino range States African Rhino Conservation Action Plan
• Responsive legislative provisions that are effectively implemented and enforced, including incentives to rhino owners to support continued investment in the conservation of rhino
• Demand management, including information gathering to enhance our knowledge about demand for rhino horn and identifying the most effective interventions to manage demand.
We are also fortunate to have rhino rangers in the Kruger National Park that go to extreme lengths to help protect our beloved rhinos.
Any awesome sightings of your own that you would like to share with us? Send your footage to firstname.lastname@example.org
What to read next on Traveller24: