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Lion Encounter Zimbabwe

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Makes one realize the conservation

Admittedly, I was a little reluctant to visit this place after reading about some attractions... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
perWarrenton_va
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warrenton ,va
Wow!

The guides were very informative and friendly. They clearly cared for the animals and made an... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
jrkukla522
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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 fascinating creatures!
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Admittedly, I was a little reluctant to visit this place after reading about some attractions sending their cuddly friends to canned hunts when they are mature, I decided to challenge them. It appears, they are more than a legitimate conservation group whose job is to...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Hi perWarrenton_va, We want to thank you for your review of your lion walk with us. It is great to hear that although you were skeptical at first, the educational component of the walks helped you understand the conservation efforts we are attempting to undertake...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2016

The guides were very informative and friendly. They clearly cared for the animals and made an already unreal experience even better. They used my phone to take incredible photos! You get lots of interaction time with the lions. Just amazing! They did serve a breakfast...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Hi jrkukla522, We're so glad you enjoyed your encounter with the lions and took away some lifetime memories thanks to our guides using your phone to take photographs. They really do go the extra mile to ensure our guests get the most out of their...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2016

We visited this experience on a recent trip to Victoria Falls. It was well supervised and, following careful explanation about how to act, we were able to get close to the two cubs and go on a walk near them in their bushland setting. It...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Hi Lyn_Sydney_13, Thank you so much for your kind review of your "very memorable" experience walking with our lions in Victoria Falls! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us, and that you felt safe, well supervised and informed during your stay. This...More

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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

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We walked with two lion cubs who were around 11 months old, first all of you get to sit with them and stroke them , then you get to walk alongside them through the bush . at no time did we feel unsafe , like...More

Thank Ben H
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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2016

Hi Ben H, Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your lion walk with us. We are so glad that you felt safe at all times - this is of utmost importance to us and our guides. We are also delighted that you...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2016

Wonderful experience. The lions we walked with were pretty big, they only had a week or so to keep walking. Once in a lifetime experience. Guides were great and took really nice pictures with our cameras.More

1  Thank NewYorkBrigette
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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Hi NewYorkBrigette, Thank you so much for such a kind review of your lion walk experience with us. We are so glad that it had such a positive impact on you! Thanks for making a special mention of our guides - they really do make...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

If you want to try something different, try he encounter with lions. You have the chance to kneel beside and pat either a male or female lions around 10 months old (and sometimes you can pat both if they lie down together). Later you walk...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2016

Hi SandraLivingstone, We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time with our lions and guides on your lion walk. Thank you so much for your positive and detailed review. We hope to see you again in the near future! -The Lion Encounter Team

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Group pick up from hotels is then split into two groups of around 10 people per group that headed into different directions. So i imagine they had 4 young lions , i walked with two. It was a fantastic experience, to be able to rub...More

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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2016

Hi MTGREB, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your time with us on the lion walk. We are glad you found it a "fantastic experience". We can assure you that our efforts are directly contributing to lion conservation as well as...More

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Reviewed 11 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.

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Really enjoyed the walk around with the young cubs as well as giving them a bit of a pat which they quite enjoy. Overall a positive experience made even better with the conservation effort they are involved in.More

Thank Garrrick W
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LionEncounterAdmin, Manager at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Hi Garrrick W, Thank you very much for your lovely review of your experience with us and the ions. We are glad that your adventure with the cubs was further enhanced by hearing about our conservation efforts here in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa! We...More

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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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You would need to contact Lion Encounter directly but that should be fine.
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