Lion Encounter operates stage one of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust‘s four stage Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program. The first stage of the program involves the young lions being taken out into the Bush, allowing them to build confidence in their natural habitat and practice their hunting techniques before being released into stage two of the program.
By joining the lions walks you are actively assisting in the pre-release training for the cubs as well as giving funding for ALERT to; develop all stages of the release program; implement conservation and research programs to protect Africa’s precious habitat and wildlife; and engage in a variety of community development and empowerment schemes for those living in and around wildlife conservation areas.

What You Will Be Up To!
  • Your Lion Encounter Experience

    Lion Encounter Zambia can host up to 6 walks a day.
    You be collected from your lodges and comfortably transported the short distance to the Boma - our hospitality suite overlooking the Zambezi River within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – where our friendly hospitality team is waiting to greet you with a welcome soft-drink, (or teas and coffees for those early risers!), after which you'll be shown to your seats.
    We'' show you a short film (7 mins) to give you information on our lion release program.  It will explain why it is necessary to facilitate such a project, but will also show the guests some “behind the scenes” footage regarding ALERT’s other efforts, which benefit communities bordering conservation areas (run by the ALERT Communities Trust – ACT) and its other wildlife conservation and research programs through the Conservation Centre for Wild Africa – CCWA. 
    You'll then receive the all important do’s and don’ts in a safety talk delivered by your guide.  You are then ready to meet the lions who are already waiting for you in the Bush.
    During the walk itself you will be accompanied by our experienced guides, handlers and scouts that ensure that our rigorous safety procedures are upheld allowing you to enjoy watching the lions play, hunt and enjoy their natural habitat.  At times the lions may rest allowing you some close encounters and opportunities to get a photo with the lions.
    After the lion walk, which lasts approximately 1hr to 1¼ hr, you'll be welcomed back to the Boma by the hospitality staff, who will be waiting for you with a hearty breakfast or drinks and snacks. You can watch the footage of your lion walk, with the option to purchase a DVD of your walk and other merchandise which helps support the lion release program.

    Please note: the operator requires a minimum of 2 participants overall to actually go ahead on the day. If a single place is being booked here, there may not be sufficient numbers in total for that day and your booking will therefore be ‘provisional.’  Zambezi Rafting will email you after booking to advise you as to whether your booking is provisional or confirmed.

    Pick Up Point & Times

    Morning walk is from 06.30 – 06.45, returning to Livingstone town by 10.30.
    Mid-Morning walk is from 10.30 – 10.45 returning to Livingstone town by 14.00.
    Afternoon walk is from 14.30 – 14.45, returning to Livingstone town by 18.30.

    What You Need To Bring With You

    • Booking Voucher or money to pay for your activity
    • National Park Entrance Fees
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunglasses
    • Cap or head wear
    • Neutral coloured clothing
    • Trousers or jeans
    • Comfortable bush walking shoes

     

    The Small Print

    No skirts or sarongs are permitted on the safari.
    Please no bright colours of clothing
    All guests must be in suitable footwear which is attached to the wearer’s feet over the toe and around the heel – no flip flops /slops.
    All participants must receive the safety briefing and sign an indemnity form before going on a safari.
    All participants should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance before taking part in an activity.

    Please note: the operator requires a minimum of 2 participants overall to actually go ahead on the day. If a single place is being booked here, there may not be sufficient numbers in total for that day and your booking will therefore be ‘provisional.’  Zambezi Rafting will email you after booking to advise you as to whether your booking is provisional or confirmed.

    Lion Encounter & Encounters for Prides

    Minimum age for Lion Encounter’s “Lion Walk” is 15 years.
    Minimum height restriction for Lion Encounter’s “Lion Walk” is 1.5m or 5 ft.

    Encounters for Cubs

    With cubs aged 3, 4 or 5 months old:
    Minimum age for Lion Encounter’s “Encounters for Cubs” with cub interaction is 10 years.
    Minimum height restriction for Lion Encounter’s “Encounters for Cubs” with cub interaction is 1m or 3ft 4”.
    With Cubs aged 6, or 7 months old:
    Minimum age for Lion Encounter’s “Encounters for Cubs” with cub interaction is 12 years.
    Minimum height restriction for Lion Encounter’s “Encounters for Cubs” with cub interaction is 1.2m or 3ft 11”.
    Children not meeting these restrictions will only be allowed to view the cubs from outside the enclosure.  Call us for cub ages at the time you want to come.

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Dates & Prices

Our trips run daily 365 days of the year with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 12 guests per departure. Please let us know where you are staying upon booking so we can arrange your transfer. All this information can be added on our secure booking engine. * All payments are taken in UK pounds

Please note all prices INCLUDE 16% VAT

Lion Encounter

Daily (Request am or pm)
3 hours
GBP £ 125*
Euro € 145*
USD $ 185*
* USD$10 to be paid locally for Park Fees

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