Cheetah shocks tourists by jumping up on Masai Mara safari jeep

Tourists on a safari tour in the Masai Mara National Reserve, got more than they bargained for when a cheetah decided to take a 45 minute break on their safari truck.

Heart-stopping footage uploaded to Youtube shows the big cat approaching the open-topped safari vehicle when it suddenly jumps up, sits upright on the jeep, stretches out and makes himself comfortable.

Guides can be heard reminding the tourists not to move and that the cheetah is only on the truck “to get a good view.”

The cheetah gets comfortable and other tourist vehicles close in to see the spectacle, before it gets up almost 45 minutes later, turns away from the group and jumps down from the truck.

The video concludes with the group releasing a collective sigh of relief and exclaiming: “Oh man, thank god. Finally I can breathe.”