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Lion Encounter Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Amazing once in a lifetime experience!

One of the highlights of my entire safari. I highly recommend it. A once in a lifetime opportunity... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2018
norfl
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
Don't Walk with Lions!

Lion cubs are taken from their mothers to be hand-raised for this activity. There are over 200 lion... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
zimagrrl
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Folsom, California
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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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Reviewed 27 April 2018

One of the highlights of my entire safari. I highly recommend it. A once in a lifetime opportunity to be so close to these beautiful animals. It's completely safe- there are 2 lions and multiple handlers around at all times to help you and watch...More

Thank norfl
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience and felt safe whilst on the activity.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Lion cubs are taken from their mothers to be hand-raised for this activity. There are over 200 lion farms in S. Africa and obviously they vary, but the breeding lions are not treated very well. They are used for the "Petting Lion Cubs" activity, then...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

What an unbelievable experience. We walked with Lions in the wild. Game rangers all around ensured our safety. The Lions played and walked with us. We could touch them. Such a privilege. A movie of our experience was purchased also. Memories to be cherished. Expensive...More

Thank craigwW9764ZH
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

This is a very interesting experience that is not widely promoted by many of the local hotels and tour operators. There seems to be some philosophical resistance to this activity as people are not 100% sure what happens to the Lions after today finish their...More

Thank Roger G
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

The people at Lion Experience are providing quite an experience! While there are many views about walking with animals, the team at Lion Experience are truly doing things in the name of conservation and what is hopefully best for the lion population in the long...More

Thank Davey R
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that your enjoyed your experience and that our program was explained to you.

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

On the 30th of January Liki took us on a walk with Tshaka and Khumalo. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I must admit when I was told they were cubs I thought we would be holding them but...More

Thank discerningf00die
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased that you had an enjoyable time and that our conservation efforts were clearly explained to you. We are also pleased to hear that your USB issue was rectified.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

One of the best experiences while in Livingstone. The lions were walking free and weren't drugged. The encounter was executed with the lions under the animal's own terms (stand up when the lion does, don't cross its shoulder line while walking, don't touch their ears...More

Thank Vilma C
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that you had a good time. The lions are retired from walking with guests at approximately 22 months, once at this stage they then move onto a night encounter hunting...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

What an experience! Thrilling to be so close to and actually touching juvenile lions. Get lots of pictures!

Thank Kathy H
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you for taking time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear you had a good time.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I was skeptical of this “attraction” thinking it was called “Walking with Lions” but in reality would be something quite different. It turned out to be one of the best experiences I’ve ever had This group is trying to make a difference and increase the...More

1  Thank Pam B
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience and got an understanding of what we are doing. Please feel free at anytime to look at the ALERT website for updates lionalert.org.

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Went first thing in the morning so it was not busy. Our group of four were able to go on our own tour since no one else had showed up yet. The guides (3) were entertaining and competent. We had plenty of one-on-one time and...More

Thank Scot F
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you for the review, however this is not our organisation as we do not have lions by the names of Mona and Milo.

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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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You would need to contact Lion Encounter directly but that should be fine.
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