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

    Guests will be collected from their respective lodgings or pick-up points and transported the short distance to Wildlife Encounter’s Dambwa Conservancy. Within a specially created 707 acre reserve live a pride of 12 lions. The 6 adults were captive raised, but the 6 cubs were born in the release site and have had no human contact. It is these cubs, when old enough, that will be released into the wild to help address the 80-90% decline in African lions that this Continent has experienced since 1975.
    The release programme is operated in partnership with the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) whose goal is to ensure viable populations remain a part of Africa through an integrated conservation and community effort term “responsible development”. This approach ensures that the rural communities surrounding the Conservancy benefit from the lions’ presence are therefore proud to host this amazing species.
    During your visit our experienced guides will introduce you to the pride’s members, give you information about the release programme and our broader efforts in lion conservation, as well as the work we are undertaking with our communities. You will also join our ALERT’s research team who are studying the behaviour of these lions in great detail. From this you will gain a fascinating understanding of the inner workings of a lion pride.
    The project also has lions that are currently captive on the property, that are also part of our conservation program. You will be able to use your newly acquired research skills as these lions are viewed whilst being fed. Observing lion behaviour around food brings a whole new dynamic to your understanding of lions!
    We will stop off at our Forest Boma for breakfast (morning) or snack (afternoon), where you can also see our tree nursery – part of our forest regeneration project. Merchandise and locally produced crafts are available to purchase to support our work and our local communities.
    Continuing on, a drive through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park will ensure visitors have a rare opportunity to leave the vehicle behind for a short walk under the guidance of professionally trained rangers to see the White Rhino – close up. Here, visitors will be given a talk on the history of this species in the Park, the threats to the species and the protection they require, and the conservation strategies to ensure this species’ remains a permanent presence within this area.
    Guests will be returned to their lodges.
    Minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 people for each session.
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    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 Encounter pickup is 07.00am, returning to Livingstone town by 10.30.

    Afternoon Encounter pickup is 14.00, returning to Livingstone town by 17.00.

    What You Need To Bring With You

    • Booking Voucher
    • 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.

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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 £ 130*
Euro € 150*
USD $ 165*
* USD$10 to be paid locally for Park Fees

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