Most tourists and campers look forward to interacting with animals during their travels, and getting some fabulous pictures of them. However, tourist Francie Francisca Lubbe, who was camping at the Mabuasehube Game Reserve in Botswana on May 9, got too close for comfort with three lions looking for ways to quench their thirst — just inches from her.
A chilling video filmed by Lubbe shows the lions enthusiastically licking rain water from her tent, as she records them from the inside. Lubbe and her friends are divided from the predators only by the tent's thin wall.
The campsites at the reserve are within the premises of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and its outskirts remain unfenced, which means predators can come up close to the camps. The park’s officials even warn campers of the possibility of encountering wildlife during their stay.
“The attraction to Mabuasehube is the ' road less traveled' and after the rains have fallen the pans fill with water and it allows for an excellent wildlife and wilderness experience. The perfect trail to escape the popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and explore the wild side of the Kalahari,” the park’s website says.
Despite the terror most would feel, Lubbe seems pretty excited with her experience as she shared the video on Facebook. It instantly garnered thousands of hits and numerous shares.
One social media user even joked she should've been more welcoming. “You seem very rude here Francie Francisca Lubbe...king of the savannah visiting for drinks and you're not even opening the door of your house,” he said.
Check out the video above.