The Lion House is a unique rentable property in South Africa that allows tourists to spend their vacation in the middle of a nature reserve, surrounded by 77 adult lions.
Imagine going to sleep to the sound of lion roars, knowing that the only thing standing between you and dozens of predators is an electrified fence. If that sounds like the kind of thing you've always dreamed of, you'd better start saving for a stay at the Lion House, a special three-bedroom house located in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary in Harrismith, South Africa. It doesn't feature many of the amenities you'd expect to find in a place that costs over $100 a night to rent, like TV or air-conditioning, but it does offer something very few, if any, other places around the world have – lions, 77 of them to be exact.
想象一下，当你在狮子怒吼的声音中入睡时，你知道自己和几十个捕食者之间唯一的障碍就是一个通电的栅栏。如果这听起来像你一直梦想的事情，你最好开始攒钱住狮子屋，这是一所位于南非哈里斯米斯野生动物保护区中心的特别的三居室房子。它不像那些每晚租金超过100美元的地方一样提供许多设施，比如电视或空调，但它确实提供了世界上其他地方几乎没有的东西——狮子，确切地说有77个。Built by GG Conservation, a non-profit, ethical nature reserve where no lion breeding or public interaction is allowed, the Lion House is one of the most amazing properties listed on Airbnb. It allows visitors to get as close to the over 70 majestic felines that call this place home without interfering with their lives, and feel good about themselves knowing that the whole booking fees directly benefit the lions.
“Guests can just live among the lions, observing first-hand the majesty of the lion species, Suzanne Scott, conservation director at GG Conservation, told Mail Online. “They can watch their natural behaviour, and see the interaction between the lions and their pride mates which is often very interesting, heart-warming and amusing. We are unique in that we are an ethical lion sanctuary with no breeding or public interaction allowed. But people can watch lions being lions very close up, whilst also knowing their booking fees to our non-profit organisation are helping to keep the lions safe and protected. It's a win win!“
“客人们可以住在狮子中间，亲眼目睹狮子物种的威严，“GG保护中心的保护主任苏珊娜·斯科特在接受《每日邮报》采访时说。“它们可以观察狮子的自然行为，看到狮子和它们的同伴之间的互动，这通常是非常有趣的，温暖人心的，有趣的。“我们是独一无二的，因为我们是一个道德的狮子保护区，不允许饲养或公众互动。但是人们可以近距离观看狮子，同时也知道他们向我们非盈利组织支付的预订费用有助于保护狮子的安全。这是双赢!““You are never more than 5 metres away from a lion at Lion House!!“ the Airbnb listing boasts, adding that the rental is perfectly safe thanks to the strong electric fence surrounding the property. Apparently, you can even have a barbecue on the open terrace, with the lions watching you from beyond the fence, although that could be considered cruel, with the intoxicating smell of cooked meat sending their senses into overdrive.
“在狮子之家，你和狮子的距离永远不会超过5米！！“Airbnb的房源信息自夸道，并补充说，由于房子周围有坚固的通电围栏，因此非常安全。显然，你甚至可以在露天平台上烧烤，狮子在栅栏外看着你，尽管这可能被认为是残忍的，因为煮熟的肉散发出醉人的气味，会让它们的感官变得亢奋。“You are very close, less than one metre from a lion when stood at the fence. From the step, porch or patio of the house you are two metres away,“ Suzanne Scott says. “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.“
The Lion House can accommodate a total of six people, and can be rented for $104 per night. That honestly sounds like a bargain for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, although I doubt anyone can have a good night sleep to the roars of 77 full-grown lions. Oh, and you'd better hope they have a backup generator in case the power goes out.