Africa

Lions lick tent while campers inside it in Botswana park

  • In this picture provided Wednesday May 25, 2016, a female lion stands next to a barbaque grill outside a camping tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana. Danie and Fransie Lubbe said Wednesday that they were in their tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park earlier this month when they heard a sound and looked outside to see two female lions licking the moisture off the tent's canvas. (Danie Lubbe via AP)

    In this picture provided Wednesday May 25, 2016, a female lion stands next to a barbaque grill outside a camping tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana. Danie and Fransie Lubbe said Wednesday that they were in their tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park earlier this month when they heard a sound and looked outside to see two female lions licking the moisture off the tent's canvas. (Danie Lubbe via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this picture provided Wednesday May 25, 2016, a female lion stands outside a camping tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana. Danie and Fransie Lubbe said Wednesday that they were in their tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park earlier this month when they heard a sound and looked outside to see two female lions licking the moisture off the tent's canvas. (Danie Lubbe via AP)

    In this picture provided Wednesday May 25, 2016, a female lion stands outside a camping tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana. Danie and Fransie Lubbe said Wednesday that they were in their tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park earlier this month when they heard a sound and looked outside to see two female lions licking the moisture off the tent's canvas. (Danie Lubbe via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Two South African campers had a close encounter with lions who licked the tent they were in at a campsite in Botswana.

Danie and Fransie Lubbe said Wednesday that they were in their tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park earlier this month when they heard a sound and looked outside to see two female lions licking the moisture off the tent's canvas. A third lioness was nearby.

Danie Lubbe took photos of the lions as they circled the tent and their barbeque grill and then eventually ambled away. He said he and his wife were not scared and felt privileged to be so close to the lions. Kgalagadi park straddles the borders of Botswana and South Africa.