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Lion Encounter Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
+263 213 284 0178
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The opportunity to walk with lions is enticing and the story told by the operators is convincing... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
j0hnty47
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Gosford, Australia
Lions and Lions and Lions

This was one of the best experiences ever. I am in awe of the people and the work they are doing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
teri w
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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. Join us for a lion walk and learn all about this fascinating creatures!
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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+263 213 284 0178
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"conservation program"
in 19 reviews
"human contact"
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"once in a lifetime"
in 53 reviews
"an amazing experience"
in 47 reviews
"money goes"
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"big cats"
in 8 reviews
"wild animals"
in 30 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 9 reviews
"felt completely safe"
in 9 reviews
"small group"
in 11 reviews
"take pictures"
in 20 reviews
"great pictures"
in 11 reviews
"for sale"
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"safety briefing"
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"highlight of our trip"
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"southern africa"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The opportunity to walk with lions is enticing and the story told by the operators is convincing but there is another side to these encounters. Generally these lions that have been reared from cubs to be acclimatised to humans can never be successfully released into...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best experiences ever. I am in awe of the people and the work they are doing to re populate the lion prides on the continent of Africa. This was a teaching tour where you are actually with the lions...walking talking...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi Seems a good idea to try and release lions back into the wild but it struggles with funding (it's a charity) so don't expect too much. We did see lots of sleeping lions (which lions mostly do and the staff were friendly. Needs more...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved every moment! Incredible experience! Absolutely wonderful to come up close & personal with the ‘king of the jungle’. Staff was really friendly & patient with us.. had lots of opportunities to pat & walk with the king ;-) all while learning about the conservation...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I work as a volunteer for Lion Alert and I’ve been to the lion walk: this project is worth every cent! You will be able to pet lions and walk with them, also with some 8-9 months old of them. It’s just an experience you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lion encounters is worth every cent. They work to reintroduce lions into the wilds of Africa as complete families able to take care of themselves. The crew was fantastic, cared about the lions with a truly genuine heart and took very good care for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A once in a lifetime experience - learning about what is being done locally to ensure the lions are protected in the wild. Walk with two 18 month old lion cubs - amazing!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had reservations about this as several of the reviews called it a gimmicky or a tourist trap. On the contrary, I found this to be educational as well as entertaining. As a cat lover this was the pinnacle of experiencing felines! The staff is...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

After reading the positive reviews about how the main priority of this company is the conservation of these beautiful animals we booked this tour. Wow what an amazing experience. You spend around 45 minutes walking with the lions & also have time to get photos...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation, we are pleased that you enjoyed your experience and understood the conservation program.

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

This place was awesome. They clearly care very deeply about the animals and the conservation efforts. They're very obviously still wild animals with unpredictable instincts. You're kept safe the whole time, but most of the walk is on the lions' terms, which is nice. They're...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

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

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Melanie J
9 December 2017|
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Response from alesquire | Reviewed this property |
According to their own guide, they have never released ANY lions into the wild... considering that they have been in BUSINESS for 18 years... they have a very very POOR record...
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LACESHA B
29 March 2017|
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Response from LionEncounterAdmin | Property representative |
Hi Lacesha B, thank you very much for your enquiry. Please may you email the info address on our website, so we can send you the correct information and confirm your booking. Thank you and we look forward to hosting you here.
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sghooker
18 March 2017|
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Response from James H |
You would need to contact Lion Encounter directly but that should be fine.
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