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Lion Encounter

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165 Courtney Selous Crescent | Mosi-a-Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambia
+263 13 44386
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"Incredible Experience"

This is an experience I will never forget. Walking with two young lions - 3 years old. Two of their... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
TravelBoss71
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Melbourne, Australia
Highlight of the trip

This was a truly amazing and humbling experience. To be able to touch these magnificent animals... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Jean162
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Rochester, New York
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Africa's first genuine programme to ethically re-introduce the offspring of rehabilitated captive-bred African lion back into the wild, helping safeguard the future of the king of the beasts.No leashes, no collars, just a natural African wildlife adventure operating in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park by Thorntree River Lodge, 10 minutes from Livingstone. Guests will have the unique experience of walking alongside and interacting with the lions as they play, learn to hunt and prepare for release.
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  • Average7%
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165 Courtney Selous Crescent | Mosi-a-Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an experience I will never forget. Walking with two young lions - 3 years old. Two of their handlers accompanied me and told me about them and how to handle them. The handlers will take photos for you and have a good knowledge...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

This was a truly amazing and humbling experience. To be able to touch these magnificent animals and walk alongside them was just the chance of a lifetime. And knowing that you are contributing to the conservation efforts of the species is the icing on the...More

Thank Jean162
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This was a fantastic morning walking with the lions, the guides are very friendly and informative. You are not rushed and there is plenty of opportunities to spend interacting with the lions. There is a dvd you can purchase which is reasonably priced. You also...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Once in a lifetime experience. Felt very safe the whole time. The instructors were professional and confident. They have a relationship with the lions and know exactly when to pet them and distract them.Walking and touching the lions was amazing. Everyone who see's one of...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased that you enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

What can I say. Great experience not to be missed. The lion cubs were 8 and 13 months old. We were explained all about how to act around the cubs and the guide Liki had a thorough knowledge of animal behaviour. You really felt at...More

Thank Ian T
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the experience and felt safe.

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We did the walk with lions, was a bit apprehensive at first in case animals were being mistreated, however guide explained that all the lions are released into safe game parks when they are old enough,?where they are protected and then there young are then...More

Thank ameliakev
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that you understood about the conservation program too.

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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This was a wonderful experience and well worth the cost. Went in the morning so it was cooler. The population of lions in Africa are dwindling and only through efforts like this will they not become extinct. Be aware do not buy lion teeth or...More

Thank Jessica W
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the experience and glad that you understood the conservation program. We appreciate you also getting the word out about avoiding buying lion products.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We volunteered for a week with Lion Encounter. What an amazing experience. We walked with them of course but also worked their preserve, fed them and helped with tge Lion walk tours. A must do if you visit Vicfalls and like Lions. Also, their target...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time volunteering with us.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Brilliant, if you want to get up close with the animals - quite scary at times as you are just given a stick for protection but amazing at the same time!

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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

This really was one of those 'this will stay with me forever' experiences. The guides were really knowledgeable, they explained the conservation efforts the they undertake and allowed plenty of time to interact with the lions. I felt safe at all times and the dos...More

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Response from janko g | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee is $150 for individuals. I think there is no group discount. You should check website. And it is on Zimbabwean side.
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