After a short drive out of the city and into the bush in the back of a dusty truck, I found it hard to believe what I was seeing. Inside a fenced off area a group of people were sitting on a picnic bench chatting away and…wait…what…this can’t be right…several lion cubs and two full grown cheetahs sitting within a few feet of them? Was I seeing things?!
But no, my eyes were working perfectly fine it seemed, as we were shown to our room within the fence. Yep, our little cabin at the lion reserve was actually inside the lion enclosure. I knew that we would be working closely with lions – that’s what we’d signed up for when we decided to volunteer at a lion sanctuary in South Africa that looks after orphaned cubs – but this went far beyond what I could have imagined.