A Swiss tourist is in critical condition after a giraffe in the Kruger National Park was fatally struck by a minibus – even though it had “the right of way” – and collapsed on a second vehicle the tourist was driving.

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Photos: SAN Parks.

South African National Parks said a minibus with 13 day visitors headed to Letaba on Sunday hit the giraffe after it wandered into the road. The animal collapsed on a rental safari vehicle with two occupants. The driver of the rental vehicle, a Swiss tourist, was seriously injured and airlifted to a medical facility and is in critical condition.

The second person was also injured and two people in the minibus suffered minor injuries. The giraffe died.

A Swiss tourist is in critical condition after a giraffe in the Kruger National Park was struck by a minibus - even though it had "the right of way" - and collapsed on a second vehicle.
The minibus taxi that hit the giraffe.

SAN Parks said the police were investigating the cause of the accident. But it said animals “have the right of way” and it appealed to the public “to always be watchful of all kinds of species while driving on the roads in the Park as they are a general (sight).”