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“Cheetahs unclose and personal”

Mukuni Big 5 Safaris
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Mukuni Big 5 Safaris, situated on top of a hill overlooking the historic town of Livingstone and just 3km from the Mighty Victoria Falls.Come enjoy your Ultimate African Experience right here by Walking the King of the Beasts, the African Lion ( No Restraints ). Walk along side the worlds fastest land mammal, the African Cheetah. Ride on top of the worlds largest land mammal, the African Elephant and interact with Caracals, all under one roof right here at our Sanctuary.Become an Ultimate African Volunteer in our Volunteer and Cheetah Conservation Trust Program. Contribute your time and skill to working with our Vulnerable and Endangered Species. Make a difference.
Reviewed 28 June 2017

If you have ever wanted to pet a Cheetah, this is your place. This was so much fun. We got to pet a Cheetah and then go on a bush walk with them. Incredible. They have a Lion experience here as well. You can even ride Elephants. We loved the Cheetahs, though.

Thank JKCDMom
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Let me start off by saying, YES, it is expensive but I think worth it as part of the conservation effort. I know some people say it's a very short time to pet and walk and yes it is, but it was well worth it. We did the combo Cheetah and Lion walk. The cheetahs are magnificent up close. We were with Lulu and Susan. Lulu's purr was VERY VERY VERY loud. They crew takes great pride and care of the making sure it is safe. You get to first pet the Cheetah and then walk it. Well, let me rephrase, the Cheetah walks you. Even though on a leash, they go where they want to go on the paths. Susan decide to go off course with my daughter and they just followed her. She later came back to the trail but had a bit of fun while doing it.

The lions on the other hand were a bit more temperamental and that was okay. We were with Mona and Myro. There was a point that Mona was done with photos and she got up and sat down on her own. This was okay by the handlers. She had enough and they let her. Though, they did encourage her to walk, and at times, it seems if she wanted to do her own thing. Myro was very cooperative and seemed to enjoy the attention.

It's an amazing experience to do. Though, it is NOT for small children. My daughter was 12 years old and just tall enough to do it. They will not let young children around the cats as they might run or be scared of them causing them to react.

It's a one time experience but well worth it. They give you a lot of information as well on the conservation and what they are trying to do with the animals.

Thank Hobbesey
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Being able to walk and play with lions and cheetahs is just unbelievable. The cheetahs are so tame. Well worth doing!

Thank Dan T
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

This was one of the highlights of my trip to Zambia, getting to spend time with these amazing animals and to actually rub them and hear them purr was just out of this world We brought them for a walk on leads and they were so gentle, beautiful beautiful animals and the guides were fantastic too Well worth the money, once in a lifetime experience ❤️

Thank karenbeattie72
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

I've wanted to pet and walk with lions since I was a little girl watching the movie Born Free, and I finally got to do it at Mukuni Big 5 Safaris. I petted and walked with cheetahs, too, and watched a demonstration of their speeds during a training session. The cheetahs were purring very loudly! What I like about Mukuni Big 5 Safaris is that they promote the conservation of these cool cats. Their knowledgeable and attentive staff, and the tame big cats, made this an experience of a lifetime.

Thank Miranda D
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