A photographer was on hand to capture the dramatic scene as five male cheetahs attempted to cross a dangerous river – one that has strong currents and is known for being infested with crocodiles. He was on a safari in Kenya when he was able to document all five animals taking to the water together.
Arnfinn Johansen is the lucky soul who got to witness the incident in person. He was at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, on a photo safari, when it occurred, with all five cheetahs jumping into Talek River.
Normally, they would cross the river by walking on stones, but this year it had been raining for a long time and because of the flooding, it was very difficult for them to do so. Because of the strong current, it was really dangerous. Also, that river is home to the Nile Crocodile for whom a cheetah can be an easy meal.
He says another known cheetah recently died while trying to swim across.
See more of Johansen’s work at his website or Instagram. He also founded the Oltepesi Tented Safari Camp, which he now runs together with his Maasai partner and staff. It aims to provide professional photographers the chance to photograph such animals, providing adapted vehicles to aid visitors in getting their best shots while on safari.
All images Arnfinn Johansen, and used with permission.