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Wildlife Encounter

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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About Wildlife Encounter
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!
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Carol P wrote a review Sep 2021
Phoenix, Arizona38 contributions
Absolutely loved this. They no longer offer the walk, but riding into the lion pride enclosure was nice to see them up close and personal. However, the feeding of the male lions was superb. To see the power of these majestic animals was just amazing. I could watch and listen to them all day. They may not offer the walk any longer, but this is a fantastic replacement.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Responded 29 Sep 2021
Thank you so much for your great review! Great to hear you had a fantastic time. Thanks very much for your support.
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Bidule05 wrote a review Mar 2021
France1274 contributions589 helpful votes
We visited the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust in October 2018. It is located close to Victoria Falls town. The driver picked us at our hotel to the research trust, where we could walk with lion cubs. Because lions are endangered in Zimbabwe, after 24 months-old, the lions are released safely in a reserve where there are few lions, where they are checked all the time by rangers, to be sure that they are able to hunt and to live safely in the wildlife. CONGRATULATIONS!!! At the arrival, we saw a video explaining us the aims of the trust, and the reasons why they have planned to release lions in the wildlife. It was very interesting!!! You can ask all the questions to the rangers after the video. After, we were allowed to walk with rangers with two 13-months old lions (brother and sister) and to have a contact activity; we were a small group of 9 persons. It was a unique and unforgettable experience!!! Altogether, I highly recommend to visit the trust to support lions survival in the wildlife in Zimbabwe! I'll come back as a volunteer!
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Junior M wrote a review Oct 2020
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe6 contributions
If you are an adventurer who is enthusiastic about animals look no further because Wildlife Encounter is the right place for you.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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TerryTheTraveller wrote a review Mar 2020
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It was a truly remarkable experience, they're making good conservation efforts and at the same time educating people on the importance of lion and human peaceful cohabitation. The lions appeared to be healthy looking (well fed, good fur, growing quite well as compared to the ones I always see on nat geo wild) and not stressed. The guides knew what they were talking about and I applaud they way they always handled the lions in such a non violent non aggressive way. Overall I truly enjoyed my time with the guides and the lions.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Hasnah1962 wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore2002 contributions193 helpful votes
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It is an awesome experience that is highly recommended if you visit Zimbabwe. Before the walk, we were told - do not run, do not panic, do not touch the lion's face and ears, do not wear dangly items, so not put anything on the ground, do not crouch, approach the lions from rear, stay in group and stay alert. We were given a stick each to be used to distract or warn the cubs but strictly not to beat them. Walking with the 11months old cubs, watching them play and touching them gave us a sense of connection between the animal and human. It was very educational and we feel happy to be contributing to be part of the program. The short video made for us is very good to cherish our unbeatable memory.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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