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Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls

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Shop 8, Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Wow! Walking with and Petting a LION!!!!!!!

People are stunned when I tell them I petted a real lion! What a great experience to interact with... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
lovetotravel132016
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Post Falls, Idaho
Exciting

A great experience. Always felt safe with the skilled guides. The guides take photos with your own... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Lisa B M
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New York City, 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. 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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Shop 8, Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

People are stunned when I tell them I petted a real lion! What a great experience to interact with the lions and watch others interact with them. You're in a group of about 10-14 people and walk one at a time behind a lion carrying...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Products Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Firstly thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. Thank you for your comments and suggestions, with regards to the tip box, there is one in our reception area and all tips are then divided with the staff that take care of you....More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

A great experience. Always felt safe with the skilled guides. The guides take photos with your own camera which is nice. A warthog kill was an unexpected event. Breakfast OK .

Thank Lisa B M
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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our company. We are pleased to hear that you had a good experience and felt safe with our staff.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

This was an interesting experience. The guides were very honest and upfront that this 'Walking with the Lions' has been the best method of fundraising they have had. The goal is to help fund the study and discovery of how to best increase the population...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our product. We appreciate all feedback and we are glad to hear that you felt safe with our staff, the are very efficient and ensure that our clients are safe at all times.

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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

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 13 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

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

You get picked up from your accommodation and driven about 15 minutes to the place. You are divided into groups - we had 10 in ours - given a talk and a stick. Then you are off to meet the lions. We had two, 22...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Products Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Thank you for your review, we are pleased to hear that you had a good experience with us.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

This was a very cool experience, and one that I think is not likely to last long. You actually walk with, sit with, and touch lions that were raised in captivity but that will eventually be removed from human contact, with the goal of releasing...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Products Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for your review, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience.

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Reviewed 25 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

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Product Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 13 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.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This was an outstanding experience. I never thought I would be able to walk next to a lion and actually touch a lion in their own environment. It was a bit intimidating initially, because these are magnificent and dangerous animals. The staff was wonderful. They...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you for your review, we are glad that you enjoyed your experience and information that you were given.

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Wow who would have thought that this was even possible – walking with the lions in the natural habitat. Remember these are not tamed lions for pleasure there is a lot of research going on and our patronage helps keep the program on track. A...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thank you for your review and comments. We are glad that you understood how the program works and appreciate your encouragement of the program. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly on marketing@lionencounter.com for any updates.

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Please don't interact with lions and other wildlife. Not only is it unethical, irresponsible tourism, it also leads to more breeding in captivity and abuse of wildlife for captive tourist activity purposes. These particular projects appear to have good intentions, however interactions and breeding must...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing and Products Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

We value all reviews and comments on our business, we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us, please could you email us on marketing@lionencounter.com to further investigate your 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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