A curious cheetah surprised a family by jumping into their safari vehicle in Serengeti, Tanzania last week.

The passengers remained silent and still as the animal held onto parts of seats and climbed onto the bonnet of the vehicle.

The video was filmed by landscape and wildlife photographer Peter Heistein.

He told Reuters: "A cheetah climbing onto a vehicle to get a better vantage point is not unusual in the Serengeti.

"Climbing into a vehicle is, but the cheetah is not aggressive towards humans and I felt the animal was curious rather than aggressive."