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Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls

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Shop 8, Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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We loved the experience with the lions.

I too was a little skeptical about this adventure but it was one of the bucket list items for my... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul E
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Adelaide, Australia
Purely commercial, no conservation

I was skeptical about this before even coming here, but my friend really wanted to go, so in the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
souku
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Czech Republic
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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"human contact"
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"lion walk"
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"once in a lifetime"
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"an amazing experience"
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"money goes"
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"big cats"
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"these magnificent animals"
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"felt completely safe"
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"small group"
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"their natural habitat"
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"take pictures"
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"great pictures"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I too was a little skeptical about this adventure but it was one of the bucket list items for my wife so we did it. We both found it to be very good. Yes, it has some level of commercialism, but really, what doesn't these...More

Thank Paul E
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was skeptical about this before even coming here, but my friend really wanted to go, so in the end I agreed. But it all just confirmed my initial suspicion that this is a purely commercial enterprise. Yes. I listened to the whole spiel about...More

2  Thank souku
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Greatly enjoyed walking with the lions with my wife on May 18. We have been close up with a number of lions while on safari (as close as two feet) but never THIS close. The company running this program has as its mission to help...More

Thank Brian B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was a bit conflicted about doing this tour as I did not want to be a participant in a program that hurts lions. This is not one of those programs. The car for the lions is evident. The actual walk with the lions was...More

2  Thank Ocita2014
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having read other reviews I was uncertain what to expect. However my wife and I had an unforgettable experience. This walk was expertly handled and we felt safe. The lions were majestic. We didn’t feel they were being mistreated or exploited. To be able to...More

Thank KeithandCatherine
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the highlights of my entire safari. I highly recommend it. A once in a lifetime opportunity to be so close to these beautiful animals. It's completely safe- there are 2 lions and multiple handlers around at all times to help you and watch...More

Thank norfl
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Lion cubs are taken from their mothers to be hand-raised for this activity. There are over 200 lion farms in S. Africa and obviously they vary, but the breeding lions are not treated very well. They are used for the "Petting Lion Cubs" activity, then...More

5  Thank zimagrrl
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

What an unbelievable experience. We walked with Lions in the wild. Game rangers all around ensured our safety. The Lions played and walked with us. We could touch them. Such a privilege. A movie of our experience was purchased also. Memories to be cherished. Expensive...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

This is a very interesting experience that is not widely promoted by many of the local hotels and tour operators. There seems to be some philosophical resistance to this activity as people are not 100% sure what happens to the Lions after today finish their...More

Thank Roger G
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

The people at Lion Experience are providing quite an experience! While there are many views about walking with animals, the team at Lion Experience are truly doing things in the name of conservation and what is hopefully best for the lion population in the long...More

Thank Davey R
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LionEncounterAdmin, General Manager at Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are pleased to hear that your enjoyed your experience and that our program was explained to you.

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Melanie J
9 December 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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LACESHA B
29 March 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
18 March 2017|
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Response from James H |
You would need to contact Lion Encounter directly but that should be fine.
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