A Swiss tourist is in critical condition after being injured when a taxi collided with a giraffe in the Kruger National Park on Sunday. The giraffe was killed on impact and fell onto the vehicle following the taxi. It was carrying two Swiss nationals.

SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla, said it appeared that the taxi could not avoid colliding with the giraffe:

‘A kombi with 13 day-visitors on their way to Letaba was involved in an accident south of Mopani earlier today [Sunday]. Two occupants were treated for minor injuries and taken to hospital for observation.

Indications are that a giraffe stepped into the road and the taxi could not avoid hitting it and the animal fell on top of a rental safari vehicle. The driver, a Swiss national, was seriously injured and the passenger suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel stabilised him at the scene before airlifting him to hospital,’

He continued:

‘The driver of the vehicle was injured (and) is in a critical condition at the Nelspruit MediClinic after being stabilised from the scene. Two people from the taxi were treated for minor injuries.’