about me. He wouldn’t even care if I stripped off and took a bath as he lounges around in his bed of hay on the other side of the bathroom window.
I don’t want to leave my room when dinner time rolls around. I wonder what Innes will do while I am away. Happily, there are other animals to distract me. Over pre-dinner drinks, hyenas are fed raw chickens in front of Jamala’s guests and normally shy snow leopards wander up close to a nearby fence. But the piece de resistance comes over dinner, when two huge white lions appear just metres away in a cave adjoining the dining room.
There are 18 rooms at Jamala Wilderness Lodge, with most sharing a window with an animal enclosure, so it makes for interesting dinner conversation. Even those who fear communal dining couldn’t resist asking: which animal did you get?
There are rooms that look out to a Malaysian sun bear or a tiger, lemurs, brown bears and a huge shark tank. There are “giraffe bungalows” that allow you to feed carrots to giraffes off your balcony in the evening. But the best room backs on to a lion enclosure, complete with mum and cubs and all the sounds of the jungle.
NATURE LOVERS: Visitors try to get chummy with a cheetah at Jamala Wilderness Lodge.