Lion House is an Airbnb on a lion conservation where you can experience the natural predator up close, as they roam just a few feet from the front door. Business Insider spoke to host and director Suzanne Scott to learn more about what it's like to stay amongst the lions.
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The small cottage is called Lion House because it sits on the GG Conservation, which is home to over 70 lions, including three lion kings.
Scott explains that guests have to be escorted onto the conservation by car.
"The reason guests have to be escorted in and out of the property is because we have to drive through a lion camp," Scott told INSIDER, "with double security gates to get in and out."
Scott said there's always a lion at least 10 feet away.
"Lion House stands out from the rest as we are unique," Scott told INSIDER. "Seventy-seven surround sound roaring lions is not the norm."
"The best part of Lion House is the outside patio area," Scott told INSIDER, "where guests can sit and relax, watch the sunset/sunrise and observe the lion prides getting up to their daily lion business in their organic, natural habitat camps."
Scott says the lions love to swim and play in the water, despite the fact that "lion experts claim that lions hate water".
As natural predators, lions love to eat raw meats. But that shouldn't scare you because Scott says these creatures are more interesting than frightening.
Each room is equipped with a double size bed that is decorated with pictures of the view outside.
With three bedrooms, a full kitchen, a fireplace, and even WiFi, this cottage has something for every type of traveler.
While the lion sanctuary surrounds the cottage, the GG Conservation actually goes on for thousands of acres.
While staying at the cottage, you can book tours of the conservation where you can witness zebra, rare black wildebeest, bontebok, waterbuck, eland, impala, red hartebeest, oryx, and wildcats.
All of the scenery surrounding Lion House will take your breath away.
"Our lions live in prides," Scott said, "and we leave them to live as natural a life as possible within the confines of captivity. We fundraise to help cover our astronomical monthly costs, in excess of R150,000, and all the booking fees for Lion House and Lion Lodge help to support the lions."
On the conservation, the organization is protecting the lions from habitat loss, human conflict, poaching, hunting, and disease.
"It's critical we conserve and protect the lions in our care," she said. "The wild lion species has declined from 500,000 to now approximately 20,000 in the space of 50 years."
"Lion House is a once in a lifetime experience - we're still pinching ourselves," one review from Cherie on Airbnb reads. "The lions are the most magnificent and captivating creatures imaginable. And most importantly they are completely happy and content! All of the lions are spoiled with huge camps to frolic in, plenty of food and endless love and attention."
"GG Conservation is a fantastic place to go and experience lions up close," a reviewer named Craig wrote. "They are doing a wonderful job of keeping their lions fit, healthy, and enriched. To see what a lion (or any animal) conservation project should be like, go and see GG Conservation."
Reviewers on TripAdvisor love it, describing the venue as being magical and the lions majestic with their own unique characteristics.
"At Lion House, one can hear nothing but the natural sounds of Africa," Scott told INSIDER. "Lions communicating, birds singing, cicada beetles chirping, antelope alarm calling. It really grounds you and presses the human reset button."
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