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Baboon lands face-first in the water to the amusement of safari guests as it bounds across a river

Baboon lands face-first in the water to the amusement of safari guests as it bounds across a river

Making a splash: Clumsy young baboon lands face-first in the water to the amusement of safari guests as it bounds across a riverTimothy John Jansen Van Vuuren, 28, captured the baboons in South AfricaOne Chacma baboon makes a grand entrance by leaping in the river face first The wildlife cinematographer and guests at the Mala Mala Game Reserve laugh

A young baboon makes a dramatic entrance into a river by landing face-first to the amusement of safari guests. 

Wildlife cinematographer Timothy John Jansen Van Vuuren, 28, was watching the troop of baboons trying to cross the Sand River in the Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa, when one youngster caught his eye. 

Footage shows the energetic Chacma baboons leap from the bank into the river. 

The baboons skip and jump into the Sand River in the Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa

One youngster makes an entrance by creating a huge splash in the river after landing face-first

The monkeys appear to bounce in the shallow water and run to keep up with the group. 

However one baboon created a splash when he jumped into the river and soaked the rest of the group after landing face-first

Timothy and the guests are overheard laughing at the clumsy baboon who quickly darts out of sight down the river. 

A baboon is seen leaping up in the air as it makes its descent on the water as others make their way across 

Some of the older baboons gracefully enter the water to avoid falling (left) while the youngsters enjoy splashing around (right) 

The video shows four other baboons gently enter the river and slowly creep in the water after witnessing the clumsy splash. 

Yet more baboons cannot resist making a grand entrance into the river, much to the amusement of the reserves’ guests.   

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Timothy said: ‘Baboons are often very cautious of crossing rivers as they know crocodiles reside there.’ 

Mala Mala stretches over 33,000 acres of land is and is one of the largest private Big Five game reserves in South Africa

The Chacma baboon is one of the largest of all monkeys and has a dog-like face. 

They are seen throughout southern Africa and are prone to be very aggressive. 

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