The below video and photos were posted by Francie Francisca Lubbe on the Kgalagadi Sightings Facebook page after some lions came to pay them a visit at the Khiding campsite, a remote unfenced area in the Mabuasehube section of the Kgalagadi on the Botswana side. It had rained during the night and, after checking out the braai, the three lionesses enjoyed licking the water from the tent.
With nothing but the flimsy fly screen to protect them, Francie said in response to comments on her post that she and her husband didn’t try to hide but simply watched the lions, trying not to disturb them while showing them respect.
The door to their tent was open and, while one lioness, which was licking the braai, reportedly got a bit of a fright when she spotted the nearby humans, the lions had no interest in entering the tent. Francie commented on Facebook, “We tried to be very quite not to disturb them… It was very special.”
The video has already been shared over 4,500 times on Facebook, attracting a myriad of comments, from the awed: “Absolutely beautiful. What an experience”; and the jealous: “Oh my, how amazing! Lucky lucky people”; to the not so sure: “Stunning experience but I think I would have wet myself”; and the hilarious: “WHOA! I hope you brought a change of clean undergarments!” And the most frequent comment: “Give that cat a Bells.”