There is absolutely nothing better than waking up to the quiet, cool, still of an early morning, when the birds just start stirring from their sleep to welcome the new day and the soft light of dawn pours gently through the window, you know, right past the group of thirsty lions that have gathered outside of your tent greedily licking the dew off the nylon.
Wait – what was that?!
Well, that pretty much describes what Francie Francisca Lubbe experienced on a recent camping expedition in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, in Botswana. The evening before, it had rained, and three thirsty lionesses elected to stop by and satisfy their thirst with the drops of water on the fabric dwelling she was staying in. She sat quietly inside and watched.
An encounter such as this would be hard to believe if Lubbe hadn’t caught the entire incident on camera.
Take a look:
Though some people may have been dismayed by the unexpected visitors, Lubbe considers it a privilege. Big cat conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert said on Facebook that she has just the right outlook:
“Too often people panic and behave badly when lions approach in the wild. I appreciate what these travelers did and how they responded, with calm appreciation. Well done. The lions were licking dew or moisture off the tent apparently and not a threat in any way so the reaction is absolutely appropriate and their appreciation of the absolute privilege is fantastic.”