Lions surround tent to drink rainwater

Caity Stone

In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lioness…licks the tent?

Campers were left stunned when they awoke to find lionesses meekly licking rainwater from the wall of their transparent tent.

Luckily the three seemingly ‘licking ladies’ were more interested in quenching their thirsts than entering the flimsy tent and attacking the unarmed tourists.

Francie Lubbe and her partner managed to stay remarkably calm as they waited to see whether the trio would venture inside the tent, as the couple had accidentally left the door wide open.

The moment one of the girls began licking the tent. Source: Francie Francisca Lubbe/Facebook.

They can be heard on the footage whispering in low voices as they watch seemingly in awe of the three lionesses placidly licking dew of the exterior of the tent.

The stunned tourist filmed the big cats while on a safari trip to the protected Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana.

"This is special," the camper, Francie Lubbe, wrote on post to social media while sharing the incredible footage.

The moment the three ladies started licking the tent. Source: Francie Francisca Lubbe/Facebook.

"What a privilege," she gushed.

"It rained during the night and 3 lionesses licked the water from the tent."

"The door was open they decided not to enter" and "no noise no smell. The one that licked the braai [barbecue] got such a fright when he saw Danie and we tried to be very quite not to disturb them. Yes it was very special."

One of the girls taking a close up view of the bbq. Source: Francie Francisca Lubbe/Facebook.

In another image also added to her Facebook page shows a lioness inspecting the couple’s barbecue.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3.6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.

News break – May 25