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Lion Encounter

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| Near Thorn Tree Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia
+263 213 284 0178
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Will leave you speechless

This experience is another must when travelling to Victoria falls. Where else can you experience... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
justinedemarchi
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Port Augusta, Australia
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No trip to Zimbabwe is complete without doing this.

Walking with lions is a rare experience that should never be missed. I never thought I'd get close... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Trixie D
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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.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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| Near Thorn Tree Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia
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+263 213 284 0178

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This experience is another must when travelling to Victoria falls. Where else can you experience this first hand with these majestic lions. They explain in full detail as to why they are doing this program. Therefore you come out with knowledge and doing this you...More

Thank justinedemarchi
LionEncounterAdmin, Acting General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased that you had a good experience and found it informative and you understood the program.

Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Walking with lions is a rare experience that should never be missed. I never thought I'd get close enough to a lion, much more touch two! These 23-month old cubs are quite friendly, as friendly as lions can be, that is, and everyone in our...More

Thank Trixie D
LionEncounterAdmin, Acting General Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that you had a good time and that you understand the program and how we are trying to assist with the decline of this beautiful species.

Reviewed 27 August 2017

See Victoria Falls - as that is probably why you visited Zimbabwe. BUT, you must, must, must, must visit the Lion Encounter for an experience you will NEVER forget. To safari in Africa is to experience the Big 5, of which, the lion is the...More

Thank Jason F
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our company, we are glad to hear that you had a good experience with us. We are glad that our staff explained the plight of this beautiful species to you, we at Lion Encounter will continue to...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

This was a great experience to get a chance to engage with the lions in their natural habitat. Natural it was, you will see no guns, including a tranquillizer gun in sight. Follow the instructions of the caretakers, and don't be scared or you put...More

Thank Karine9972
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for the review. Unfortunately I think you may be confused with another organisation as we do not have any lions named Terry and Diane.

Reviewed 29 July 2017

My husband and I absolutely loved the Lion Encounter. It was such an amazing experience - and a real honour to walk side-by-side with these beautiful creatures. We also learned a lot about the efforts going into saving them. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that...More

Thank Lindsey M
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you had a good experience with our company. We are also happy to hear that the conservation and release program was explained to you and that it was understood.

Reviewed 12 July 2017

This experience was so fantastic. Not just a quick picture with a sleepy caged animal but a genuine encounter with magnificent animals on their way to repopulating the African lion population. It is an excellent way to spend your tourist dollars to have a once...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Dotshots, thank you for your review of our company and program that we run. We are pleased that you had a good time and your appreciation of our conservation efforts.

Reviewed 8 June 2017

What an amazing time I had. I felt completely safe the entire time I was there. My two lions were 18 month old cousins, Lala (female) and Lakka (male). We were given a safety briefing and signed some legal documents before going. PLEASE go first...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for your review of our company. We are glad that you felt safe throughout your time with us, our guides and handlers are very experienced with their jobs.

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

This is easily the highlight on my trip. This is not just a tourist attraction but is a rehabilitation and conservation program first which is tourist funded. The staff are Compassionate about the program and the release of wild lions. Truly worth doing

1  Thank Claire L
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for your review of our program. We are glad that this was the highlight of your trip.

Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I did this yesterday with JB, and was completely blown away. The keepers look after and love the animals they're working with. The guide will take your camera and take photos of you with the lions. Their in house videographer takes video of your experience...More

Thank Jus W
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed our program.

Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

It was a little weirded. The concept of walking with lions is a little odd any way. The guides are nice.

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sharonmm88
3 May 2016|
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Response from Tgkav | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at Victoria Falls Hotel and did the Lion Encounter in Zimbabwe. It was an amazing experience and I did the Devil's Pool at the top of Victoria Falls and had to cross into Zambia. It took a bit of time but the... More
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Dutchman800
7 February 2016|
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Response from Sandeep J | Reviewed this property |
They do it twice a day, morning and evening. At times even more if the clients are plenty. Deciding morning or afternoon will depend on when you plan to go there. However, at this point in time, if you are not going in... More
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GingerHads
26 October 2015|
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Response from NoelZed | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for your question Gingerhads....i'm sure by now you have read all the positive things about this conservation program, so i hope your question has been answered adequately.
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