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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