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Lion Encounter

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Address: 165 Courtney Selous Crescent | Mosi-a-Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambia
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+263 13 44386

Africa's first genuine programme to ethically re-introduce the offspring of...

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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While nothing beats seeing lions live in the bush, I loved this!

Without question, I never expected to find myself actually walking alongside young lionesses as they hunt, explore, and goof around with each other in open terrain! But this... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Geneva, Switzerland

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Without question, I never expected to find myself actually walking alongside young lionesses as they hunt, explore, and goof around with each other in open terrain! But this program, which turns out to be a conservation program to restore the much-reduced lion population to Zimbabwe, is unique and highly recommended (for adults). Leki, our guide, obviously loves what he is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Great experience and very informative staff. In addition to learning about the lions and their behaviors, I also learned about the surrounding animals, their tracks, and their scat. Really educational! Prior to arriving, customer service was fantastic. Quick to respond and very friendly. Patience was great to work with! They offer a DVD at the end of the tour to... More 

Thank madin77
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Be very careful about this attraction. Instead of walk with lions, as it is shown on all videos, we end up walking with cubs that were couple of months old and size of an average dog. Nothing you couldn't do in numerous wildlife orphanages all around Zimbabwe for less than $150 per person. Total ripoff.

1 Thank janko g
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Without hesitation, this was the best excursion that we went on in Victoria falls. We went during April, low season, and there was only 7 people total on the walk. We got plenty of time with the lions. The guides were excellent, and took multiple pictures and videos for us which were excellent quality. The lions eat every 3 days,... More 

2 Thank Paul T
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

GENERAL: I just got back from the lion encounter. The guides were wonderful (and took a bunch of great photos with each of our cameras when it was our turn to walk with the lions) and I felt extremely safe the entire time. THE VIDEO: Another reviewer mentioned he/she couldn't play the DVD, but I have a solution. I put... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

We spent two weeks at Lion Encounter working with the lions every day. For me it was a dream come true. The lions were amazing. We walked them, fed them, prepared their food, cleaned their cages, etc. We also came to love all the local people who work at the camp especially the lion handlers. We spent one day at... More 

1 Thank TravelingSue46
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Of all the things we did in Southern Africa, this will always stand out as one of the best and craziest things we have ever done! This is a once in a lifetime adventure. We were given instructions before going out to the reserve to see the lions and coached on how to approach and touch them. We were with... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

We went with the idea of walking with small lion cubs but the cats that we got to walk and pet were good size. The staff and the guides were amazing, especially Liki. This was an experience without any comparison and the group is doing a fantastic job with rescue and welfare of the lions.

1 Thank Sanjay S
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

This was a really amazing experience and I recommend it for animal lovers out there! It was really a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to get to actually pet and walk with some lions. I admire the work this group is doing to help re-populate the lions into the national parks. The handlers were very knowledgeable and in control. I... More 

1 Thank SuzB0203
Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

The Lion Encounter is a well run activity which makes you feel safe the whole way through. We were lucky enough to experience a walk with the lions when they caught a warthog, which was an experience to see! The program seems to be well run, and it's something you should do once for sure! The only thing to be... More 

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