The hair-raising moment was filmed by witnesses at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park – an African wildlife safari park where visitors are advised not to leave their cars.
The video clip shows a family of five standing on top of a grass bank in the middle of the Dutch safari park as a group of cheetahs approach them.
The family begin taking photos when suddenly a cheetah springs towards them.
At this moment, the group scramble towards their car as the cheetahs continue to surround them.
The onlookers in the car behind are in utter shock at the incident and can be heard shrieking as the family attempt to get to safety.
A woman carrying a child is seen shooing off the approaching cheetah as she steadily makes her way back to the car.
Amazingly, all of the family manage to get back into their vehicle and drive off.
The jaw-dropping incident was confirmed by safari park manager Niels de Wildt, who said the family had been “incredibly lucky”.
Speaking on Dutch radio station NOS, Mr de Wildt said: “The Cheetahs are on a food schedule so they are not extremely hungry and are not in the hunt.
“In the first instance they have the same reaction as when someone rings in unexpectedly, they think, ‘Hey, something strange is happening in our territory’.
“But in the end, they do respond to this exceptional visit – and these people have been incredibly lucky.”
A spokesman for safari park said it is made very clear, in several languages throughout the park, that you are forbidden to leave your vehicle.
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