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Lion House

One of most famous landmarks in Gorongosa is the "Lion House". Originally built as a camp in the 1940s, it was abandoned due to the annual flooding that occurs on the flood plain. (Why they thought it was a good location in the first place is anyone's guess!) Once people abandoned it, the lions were happy to take over and it became known as "The Lion House". In addition to providing shelter from the rain, it provided a perfect elevated vantage point to observe their prey. Lions spend hours watching the herds, looking for a weakness: a limp, some other kind of injury, or unusual, erratic behavior. Then they know they have an easy target!