When an elderly man booked the safari adventure of a lifetime to South Africa, he knew he was going on a trip he would never forget.
But few did he know that he had eventually engaged in a physical encounter with an aggressive elephant.
Irishman John Somers took a friend on a relaxing holiday to the Pilansberg Game Reserve in Johannesburg to celebrate his 66th birthday.
But as wildlife enthusiasts drove along a dusty road, they found themselves in the path of a five-ton bull elephant, rushing towards them.
At first, the large mammal, named Amarula, crossed the body with the gray car before putting its weight on its head.
The elephant then overturned the vehicle into the ditch like a toy car as the feared occupants hung on for dear life.
Fortunately, the bull eventually got bored, and the pair escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.
It is believed that the animal was pumped with hormones when it was looking for a mate.
The entire series of strange events were captured by photographer Riaan van Wyk, who was observing from a safe distance.