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Lion Encounter

#5 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Livingstone Features Animals
| Near Thorn Tree Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia
+260 21 3327122
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One of the best experiences!

My husband and I absolutely loved the Lion Encounter. It was such an amazing experience - and a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lindsey M
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Brisbane, Australia
Strolling on the wild side

This experience was so fantastic. Not just a quick picture with a sleepy caged animal but a genuine... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Dotshots
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San Diego, 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.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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| Near Thorn Tree Lodge, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone, Zambia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I absolutely loved the Lion Encounter. It was such an amazing experience - and a real honour to walk side-by-side with these beautiful creatures. We also learned a lot about the efforts going into saving them. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that...More

Thank Lindsey M
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This experience was so fantastic. Not just a quick picture with a sleepy caged animal but a genuine encounter with magnificent animals on their way to repopulating the African lion population. It is an excellent way to spend your tourist dollars to have a once...More

Thank Dotshots
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dotshots, thank you for your review of our company and program that we run. We are pleased that you had a good time and your appreciation of our conservation efforts.

Reviewed 8 June 2017

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

1  Thank Kelly H
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of our company. We are glad that you felt safe throughout your time with us, our guides and handlers are very experienced with their jobs.

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
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of our program. We are glad that this was the highlight of your trip.

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
LionEncounterAdmin, Marketing Manager at Lion Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed our program.

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.

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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
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sharonmm88
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
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Dutchman800
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
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GingerHads
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.
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