By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis
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Five of the majestic cats used a parked jeep in the Masaai Mara to relax and hunt for prey on the flat African plains.
Bryan Pereira, a 41-year-old Brit who lives in Canada, was astonished by the animals’ behaviour.
The mother and four cubs had just fed and were keen to jump onto the roof – despite Bryan’s vehicle backing away.
Eventually, one cub leapt onto the back of the jeep and the mother and the rest of the cubs followed.
Bryan runs the photographic tour company Exposure Tours and has experienced dozens of safaris but had never seen as many as five of the spotted predators climb onto the jeep.
He said: “I have been on safari many times and come quite close to cheetahs on several occasions.
“However, It was the first time I was completely surrounded which was fun and scary at the same time.
“Cheetahs naturally like to be on high ground so they can get a better view of the landscape.
"It’s not uncommon for one or two members of certain families to take advantage of a vehicle’s height and hop on top.
“But for five to do it is extremely rare.”
Bryan had to wait thirty minutes for the deadly cats to get bored of the jeep and climb down – but not before snapping some stunning pictures.
One cheetah cub was very inquisitive and was captured snarling and peeking into the open-topped car.
Bryan said: “The curious one was very keen to come in and very interested in my camera.
“She kept on leaning in and almost slipping on the camera bean bags which I frantically tried to remove.
“When she saw my camera I moved it back a little and she leaned in more.
"I was a concerned if I moved it further back she would still want it, slip and fall in the vehicle so I let her satisfy her curiosity by allowing her to get close to it.
“My only concern was the cubs were not quite as steady and risked falling in.
"I know though that if that happened I should not panic - just open the door and let them out.”