by Maretha Langenhoven
You have to meet Thabu and Ethel Masihleho as well as their lions to truly appreciate Lions Rest. I have little words really to describe their huge spirits and they waved us off, leaving us with an immense sense of inspiration, respect and hope.
My personal highlight was of course the lions. The big camp adjacent to the lodge homed the biggest lion & lioness I’ve ever seen, the male had such a presence and in the dead quite of the night while feeding Marhané he kept me company through his constant vocalization. These two lions had two very tiny cubs in a small adjacent camp but to my disappointment they were already feeding themselves. Thabu explained that they don’t allow cuddling (SAD) but I admire them for this decision, as they want to keep the lions as wild as possible. 3 more lions, about 2 years of age wondered a bigger camp a few hundred meters from the lodge.
Thabu and Ethel joined us for dinner and we had such an awesome evening sharing stories about each other’s journeys, our country’s journey and many more a subject. The food was superb, so well presented and very tasty. The chef prepared it in the open kitchen and introduced the food with each serving.
Yet another unforgettable experience with new friends made and most of all filled with hope for our country.