Impala was unaware of the killer crocodile hiding underneath the mud. Crocodile made a leap for its prey. The lightening-quick herbivore sprung backwards to avoid its jaws.
The impala then dashed away from danger in dramatic footage filmed.
Photographer Peter Geraerdts filmed the nail-biting incident.
He said: ‘Water was scarce. Crocodile know the favourite drinking places of the herbivores. So They hide themselves, close to the edge.
‘I knew something was about to happen. Because this crocodiles was digging itself in the mud at a drinking place.
‘A group of impalas came to drink. I had one camera set for filming’.
‘The filming worked out but the pictures were not good. The impala jumped so high and quick. The head was cut off in the viewer.’ The 47-year-old said most people like his clip. As they always want the prey to escape. He added: ‘The happy ending situations are always good for people to see.
‘Once animals become a prey to the hunter you sometimes find. That people don’t cope that well with bloody situations.
‘That’s especially true when it’s about young animals. Because they take longer to die. ‘I love the excitement of finding a good situation in good light. It catch the right moment to make an impressive image.’
Peter loved Africa so much. He decided to open his own lodge. He has not looked back since. Africa is a special continent. I fell in love with nature in Africa. It’s simply something you don’t find in Europe. ‘I had the Idea of opening a lodge in Zambia. I bought a piece of land bordering the National Park.
‘It took some time to get everything arranged for me. It be able to build a lodge but in the end. I succeeded in 2007. I opened the lodge.’