Paris & Benji Bond with the Animals in Africa

Paris & Benji Bond with the Animals in Africa
Paris and Benji on safari
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03/26/2008 AT 05:30 PM EDT

She wore camouflage, but Paris Hilton couldn't hide from the cheetah or any other animals while staying on a luxury safari lodge in South Africa this week.

The heiress, who has a penchant for wearing animal prints and accumulating pets, and boyfriend Benji Madden encountered lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos at the elite Aquila Private Game Reserve near Cape Town.

"Paris and Benji said it was the greatest experience they'd ever had," owner Searl Derman told PEOPLE. "Paris said that although she had traveled the world, waking up to the roar of lions was unique."

Although camping outdoors, the city slickers hardly had to rough it. When not bonding with the cats, they could enjoy their air-conditioned accommodations or take an ATV ride.
–Marcelle Katz

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