Seasoned Safari Guide Halts a Charging Rhino With the Engine of His Jeep

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 18, 2023
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There have to be few things in this world that can be scarier than a human coming face-to-face with a black rhinoceros. The man in this video posted below had just such an experience! Let’s see how it plays out.

The video posted below takes us to South Africa, where a group of tourists are on a safari through the African wilderness. They stopped and turned their vehicle off to take in an amazing sight not far out, an enormous black rhino

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Knowing that having an engine running could prove dangerous to animals around by spooking them, this safari guide knows it’s best to keep the engine off while looking at wild animals. This black rhino has turned its attention and has now noticed this group of onlookers.

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The rhino stands there for several seconds without moving an inch, showing that he is taking everything in to see if it is a threat to him. Suddenly the rhino starts off walking toward the vehicle. Then it begins trotting rather quickly.

The safari guide immediately jumped into action and turned his jeep on so the engine could scare off the rhino. Once he hears the sound of this engine, he stops dead in his tracks. He does not like this loud noise and doesn’t understand what it means. 

Thinking they are in the clear, the safari guide turns his engine off. When it turns off almost simultaneously, the black rhino takes off again. He is charging straight for the Jeep! The guide starts to make noises and turns the engine on again.

And almost comically, this enormous rhino backs up, turns around, prances back to his starting point, and turns around again. 

How Big Are Rhinos?

White Rhino

The white rhino can run up to 30 miles per hour.


There are five species of rhinos in the world. The five rhino species are the Sumatran rhino, Javan rhino, Black rhino, Greater one-horned rhino, and White rhino. 

  • Sumatran rhino – 500-960 kilograms (1,102-2,116 pounds) 
  • Javan rhino – 900-2,300 kilograms (1,984-5,070 pounds) 
  • Greater one-horned rhino – 1,800-2,500 kilograms (3,968-5,511 pounds)
  • White rhino – 1,800-2,500 kilograms (3,968-5,511 pounds)
  • Black rhino – 900-1,350 kilograms (1,984-2,976 pounds)

As we can see, the size of rhinos goes over 1,000 pounds no matter which species they are. Watching something like this animal seen below running at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour would cause tremendous damage!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Chris Twine/

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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