The GG Conservation in Harrismith, South Africa is not for the faint-hearted and is rather for the adventure-lovers. In addition to being a potential home-stay for you, the property is also home to 77 lions! Yes, you heard me right! The Lion House, as it is fittingly named, is a sprawling three-bedroom house at the sanctuary, perfect for wildlife aficionados.
Cherish your mornings on the spacious outdoor patio while listening to the massive mammal’s roar, and spend evenings at the barbeque grill on your patio or by the indoor log fireplace.
Born and bred in Leeds, Yorkshire, Suzanne, the conservation director says, “You are very close, less than one meter from a lion when stood at the fence. From the step, porch or patio of the house, you are two meters away. It makes you feel that you are almost living among them, as part of the pride. The best part is being able to hear the nightly roars of 77 lions in surround sound; it is truly awe-inspiring to listen to.”
Of course, safety is the priority and a strong set of electric fences surrounding the building. She says: ‘The lions are all in lion camps – enclosures – behind strong fencing which is all to South Africa Nature Conservation standards for captive predators.
There is electric fencing on the inside and top of all the camps. This is a necessary precaution to take for the Lions’ safety, as lions can kill each other through fences if they wanted to. The electric shock from the fences makes the lions stay away from the fences and keeps them safe from each other.
And yes, the added benefit of electric fences is also extra security for guests.
In addition to lions, the reserve is also home to wild antelope, zebras, ostriches, impalas, wildebeests, and bontebok, which is a special kind of antelope found in South Africa, Lesotho, and Namibia.
Game drives can be arranged for an extra cost and nature walks are also possible in the neighboring nature reserve.
GG Conservation is a non-profit sanctuary and booking fees from the Airbnb go directly to the charity to help it conserve the lions.
Starting from $105 a night, I’d highly recommend this place to a lion enthusiast!