WATCH: Lionesses lick raindrops from campers' tent window in Kgalagadi

2016-05-24 14:56 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - If you think you've had a rough morning, think again. 

Imagine being woken by lionesses licking the side of your tent on a camping outing! Yikes! 

That's exactly what happened to Joburgers Francie Lubbe and her husband in the Kgalagadi.  

Lubbe, who shared the video to the Kgalagadi Sightings Facebook group, says they were in the Mabuasehube Campsites on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on 9 May this year when they woke to the sound of lions licking the windows of their tent! 

She says it rained the night before, and the lionsses were licking the drops that had stayed behind on the canvas of their tents. 

According to Lubbe, the door of the tent was wide open, and the three lionesses could have entered freely if they wanted. They also gave the braai grill a few licks, but showed no interest in the humans, she says. 

You can see the footage here: 3 Lionesses Lick Raindrops From Campers' Tent Window In Kgalagadi



Lubbe also posted the following photos of the incredible sighting: 


(Photo: Francie Lubbe)


(Photo: Francie Lubbe)


(Photo: Francie Lubbe)

In South Africa, a sighting like this would be a bit far and few between. Where wild animals roam in SA, wildlife authorities like SANParks and other private lodges are requested by law to protect visitors on the properties at all costs, or face serious criminal charges. That's why all SANParks camps are fenced in, away from the wild animals and predators. 

In Botswana, however, there aren't as strict laws governing where you can or cannot sleep, so wildlife encounters like the Lubbes' are a little more frequent. 

In July last year, for example, Traveller24 had a run-in with a massive elephant in a campsite in Botswana too! Check it out: 




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