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Lion Encounter Zimbabwe

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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...more
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG never in a million years did I think I would get to stroke a Lion cub, was very unsure about this at first but can assure you they are very alert and in no way drugged. so far 120 lions have been helped by...More

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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.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have loved lions from the time I was a small child. I always wanted to go on safari and see them in the wild. I never in my life expected to have an opportunity to interact first hand with these magnificent big cats. The...More

Thank Heather William... F
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 you had a good time and that you understood the conservation side of our program.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had researched this before we left Australia but went no further. We had a spare day in Vic Falls so decided to put aside my fears and we did The Lion Encounter. It really was very well done and safe. Good safety instructions to...More

Thank Rick M
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 had a good experience.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Over-priced and under-delivered. Supposedly orphaned lion cubs are used walks, we would not have done this had we known ahead of doing it.More

Thank Danita Thomas H
LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. Please feel free to contact us directly regarding your concerns. Under no circumstances has this ever been done as an orphaned lion cub walk as that is not what we do, we have a breeding...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This excursion was so unbelievable...totally made our trip one to remember. The guides genuinely care about the lions and the efforts to repopulate them to the wild. You can see the bond they have with these amazing creatures. We felt safe the entire time. The...More

Thank tallyho6666
LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that you had a good experience and felt safe, we pride ourselves with the incredible people that make up our team.

Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Our group was far too big.... with 10 plus in the group not a great interaction with the lions and was limited to those who pushed their way to the front. The guide was not friendly and didn't manage the group well for all to...More

1  Thank Colleen C
LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We would like to sincerely apologise for the delays in transport and we are doing our best to rectify this situation, it is difficult when guests are not ready at the pick up place on...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Everyone knows that the wild Lion on the savana is not the same thing but...when can you see and touch them? For curios tourists

Thank mirko m
LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

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

Reviewed August 21, 2018

My wife is cat crazy so this was a must see attraction. I understand the educational aspect and that the fee helps support the program of releasing the offspring of the lions we walked with, and I must admit it was pretty cool to pet...More

Thank Mark B
LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We understand your view on the fact that the lions are captive, however, they are the ambassadors and fundraisers for the bigger picture of the...More

Reviewed August 10, 2018

The opportunity to walk with lions is enticing and the story told by the operators is convincing but there is another side to these encounters. Generally these lions that have been reared from cubs to be acclimatised to humans can never be successfully released into...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience. Yes this is true the lions that are accustomed to human interactions cannot be released into the wild due to the fact that they do...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018

This was one of the best experiences ever. I am in awe of the people and the work they are doing to re populate the lion prides on the continent of Africa. This was a teaching tour where you are actually with the lions...walking talking...More

Thank teri w
LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

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

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Melanie J
December 8, 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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LACESHAB
March 28, 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
March 18, 2017|
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You would need to contact Lion Encounter directly but that should be fine.
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