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Lion Encounter

#5 of 30 Outdoor Activities in Livingstone Features Animals
| Near Thorn Tree Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia
+260 21 3327122
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10 Circles!!! Best thing I did in Africa!

What an amazing time I had. I felt completely safe the entire time I was there. My two lions were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kelly H
Charlotte, North Carolina
Amazing experience!!

This is easily the highlight on my trip. This is not just a tourist attraction but is a... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Claire L
via mobile
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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.
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  • Average4%
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| Near Thorn Tree Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia
+260 21 3327122

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Kelly H
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
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
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.

Thank Annjj2000
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I was dubious about interacting with these animals as I had heard it was cruel but due to lions being endangered it is now vital to save them and assist in getting them out and about as such. We walked with 8 month old cubs...More

Thank Lissf1976
Reviewed 19 November 2016

The lion walk (which can be combined with cheetah walk and elephant ride), is one of the best experiences in Livingstone. The male and female lions can be pet and you can walk with them for about 1/2 hour. There is plenty of opportunity for...More

Thank MLovei
Reviewed 15 November 2016

A lifetime of experience - you get an hour by yourself with the Lions. These are young lions, probably an year old. the walk with the lion in jungles is breath taking.

Thank MustansirMusaji
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I knew when booking the lion walk that it was going to be very touristy but I was still disappointed. The experience was a bit on the boring side. You take turns walking beside lions who just want to roam and have nothing to do...More

1  Thank Lauren W
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience! The guides were fantastic, knowledgeable, and we felt safe the entire time. We had more than an hour of the two cubs which were 11 months old. We got to touch and pet them. Even walk...More

Thank EuropeanTraveler3272
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The Lion Encounter is a 4 phase project to get lions back into the wild safely. It was very interesting and fun to walk with them and learn about the process they go thru. Once in a lifetime experience. Great experience.

1  Thank DoreenGF
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Hi Did you do this in Zambia or did you have to go to Zimbabwe? There are so many conflicting articles on the internet. I am going to be staying at the Royal Livingstone Hotel and was hoping to do this trip in Zambia. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Sharonm
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
How much time should we allow from being picked up from the Royal Livingstone to the preserve, in the reserve, and then back to the Royal Livingstone? Is it usually better to do it in the morning or afternoon?
8 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
Are any of these lions used in canned hunts?
27 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.