A Lion in my Tent – Scary experience while camping with wild animals in Africa – 4K

A Lion in my Tent - Scary experience while camping with wild animals in Africa - 4K
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Close encounter with a male lion while camping in Mabuasehube, on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. As far as I know, there have not been any animal attacks in Mabua, but you do have to be vigilant: the campsites here are unfenced and wild animals are free to come and go as they please.

Watch the longer version here: https://youtu.be/cG30MLVkjoU
and episode 2 “A Lion in our Campsite” here: https://youtu.be/MwX0yFIBpuk
and the final episode, “Mating Lions and Cheetah Cubs” here: https://youtu.be/6os_fkwd_N0

Because the campsites in this area are unfenced, wild animals such as lions, jackals and hyenas sometimes come by to view the tourists. We were standing outside our tent before dawn, brushing our teeth when a young male lion walked straight into our camp. The lion went into our tent, chewed one of our pillows (thankfully not mine), bit my tent, and dragged our camping chair into the bushes before wandering off.

It was a pretty terrifying experience. Luckily we were unharmed. What scared me in retrospect, is that I had just happened to look in the direction the lion was approaching from. If I had not looked up, or if he had approached from behind the car or tent, we would only have noticed him when he was a couple of metres away. If that had happened, I think I would have run away, which would have been a very bad idea.

While a lion in one’s tent is rare, lions commonly enter camps in the Mabuasehube area because uninformed visitors leave taps running or bowls of water out for them. Most visitors sleep in roof-top tents or caravans, so they are relatively safe.

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  1. Dam that's scary because when that lion realized it was a tent he charged in there like he knew a victim is supposed to be in there. Makes you wonder if it's attacked campers or villagers which seems likely due to its behavior.

  2. I love that Robbie was worried about the safety of his coffee…”my coffee’s stuck out there with the lion”. A die hard coffee lover!!🤣 Once again, an amazing experience that we get to share in with this upload.😊 I enjoyed your humor under such a stressing situation. Thanks!

  3. That was one scary incident lots more could have gone wrong. What if you were still in the tent sleeping when lion arrived! Thank you for sending this link.

  4. Oscar winning performance for the re-enactment. Lol. Amazing experience. I have a Tentco safari bow canvas tent, and definitely need a roof top tent.

  5. Mabuasehube is always great for close encounters of the feline kind 🙂 We were there in september 2019 and camped at one of the Bosobogolo pan campsites. I was kind of frustrated because we saw lots of wildlife around the other pans, but not much at Bosobogolo. But the second night, after dinner, we were sitting near the campfire and finishing our wine when a big lion and lioness casually walked besides our chairs past the fire and into the bush… We were so flabbergasted that we didn't even move, and that might have been just the right thing to do. Can't wait to go back to that marvellous place!

  6. This was one curious and hungry young male lion that would’ve tried to take one of you down. Fun and scary lol. Stay safe out there

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