• In an early morning in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana, two tourists were in their tent when they noticed a pride of lionesses comes up to their tent.

    With their window flap open, the husband and wife watched in awe from the thin transparent strip of material that was between them and the wild cats.

    The cats started taking a drink from the water droplets collected on the tent. And that is when Francie Lubbe, a nature lover begun filming the erratic moments as the lionesses licked water off the tent.

    The tourist later posted the video on Facebook describing the moment as a “privilege”.

    Lubbe said it had been raining in the National Park overnight leaving water on their tent, which might have attracted the predators.

    Lubbe wrote on Facebook: “What a privilege.

    “It rained during the night, and three lionesses are licking the water from the tent. It was special.”

    As the awe-intriguing beasts lick the gauze, they seem to have no idea that two human beings were filming them from behind the thin sheet of material. In the video, Lubbe can be heard calling to attention her husband as she captures the breath-taking moment.

    The animals were so close to the tourists who were on the other side of the tent, with their sun cream and drinks being seen in the video inside their temporary home.

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    The heart-racing clip was taken inside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which straddles South Africa and Botswana. On the South African side, it is called the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. To the Botswanan side, the park goes by the name Gemsbok National Park. The entire reserve covers 3.6 million hectares.

    Image and video courtesy: Francie Lubbe/Facebook