Construction boss shocked to find six lions sunning themselves on his deck in South Africa

By Charlotte Mitchell For Mailonline Published: 08:59 GMT, 14 January 2021 | Updated: 08:59 GMT, 14 January 2021 A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they went to che

Construction boss shocked to find six lions sunning themselves on his deck in South Africa

Don't mind us, we're just LION around! Construction boss shocked to find six big cats sunning themselves on his deck in South Africa

  • David and Mariska De Beer came face to face with the unexpected guests when checking a relative's property in Hoedspruit
  • The six lazy lions lounged around the patio before eventually padding off
  • The property is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate where lions roam free

A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they went to check on a property and found a family of lions sunning themselves on the deck.

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked to find themselves face to face with six big cats that were lounging around on the patio. 

The squatter lions didn't seem phased by the couple at first but were startled by the sound of the door closing as they entered the home.

Video showed the big cats eventually padding off into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit. 

A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they went to check on a property and found a family of lions sunning themselves on the deck

A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they went to check on a property and found a family of lions sunning themselves on the deck

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked to find themselves face to face with six big cats that were lounging around on the patio. Pictured: Five of the lions on the deck of the property

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked to find themselves face to face with six big cats that were lounging around on the patio. Pictured: Five of the lions on the deck of the property

The squatter lions didn't seem phased by the couple at first but eventually padded off into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit

The squatter lions didn't seem phased by the couple at first but eventually padded off into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit

David, the owner of building firm Davon Construction, said he and Mariska had arrived at his father's house on the Leadwood Estate to check the property which is up for sale, 'only to find someone has already moved in'.

Footage of the lions shot from inside the house drew admiring comments from social media users envious of the couple's close encounter.

'We need a garden like that! Wonderful beasts,' user Ross Goldsworthy wrote.

'Great guard dogs...can feed themselves, zero maintenance...zero burglaries,' Shelley-Anne Dean, another user, joked.

David De Beer, whose father's home garden had been temporarily taken over by the big cats, said he was surprised to find 'someone has already moved in' to the vacant property

David De Beer, whose father's home garden had been temporarily taken over by the big cats, said he was surprised to find 'someone has already moved in' to the vacant property

Footage shared on social media drew admiring comments from users envious of the couple's close encounter with the big cats

Footage shared on social media drew admiring comments from users envious of the couple's close encounter with the big cats

One social media user joked that the lions would make 'great guard dogs' and would definitely deter would-be burglars

One social media user joked that the lions would make 'great guard dogs' and would definitely deter would-be burglars

Devin Dawson was more sympathetic to the couple's dilemma, writing: 'My God, what can you do here. Talk about an inconvenience'.

The property is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate, where homes can reportedly sell for less than £100,000.

According to the estate, big cats roam freely over 5,500 hectares (13,590 acres) of unspoilt bushveld between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon.

Construction boss David De Beer (left) and his wife Mariska (right) encountered the family of lions at a vacant property

Construction boss David De Beer (left) and his wife Mariska (right) encountered the family of lions at a vacant property

The property where the lions were seen is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate, where homes can reportedly sell for less than £100,000

The property where the lions were seen is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate, where homes can reportedly sell for less than £100,000

According to the Leadwood Big Game Estate, big cats roam freely over 5,500 hectares (13,590 acres) of unspoilt bushveld between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon

According to the Leadwood Big Game Estate, big cats roam freely over 5,500 hectares (13,590 acres) of unspoilt bushveld between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon 

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