Lions Walk Victoria Falls Zimbabwe 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. No leashes, no collars, just a natural African wildlife adventure operating in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 10 minutes from Livingstone. Guests will have the unique experience of walking alongside and interacting with the lions as they play, learn to hunt and prepare for release.
Lions Walk Victoria Falls Zimbabwe – king of the jungle
Lions Walk king of the jungle taking a stroll with the king of the jungle (or savannah) might sound like one of the most dangerous activities going – but it’s actually part of a revolutionary conservation project
Lions can live for up to 20 years, making this a costly process. So Lion Encounters, based near the Victoria Falls, uses the brief period when the human-reared lions are introduced to the bush to give tourists a chance to walk with them, subsidizing the greater part of their lives.
All this was explained to us at a short briefing. But it was when our guides got into the dynamics of the 45-minute walk that I became nervous. The nine of us were given sticks so that if a lion did turn on us, we could distract it. We had to walk behind them, so as not to challenge their dominance, and shouldn’t touch their heads, only their rear quarters. Did I hear that right?
The Rangers don’t discourage this, and two followed him. On these daily constitutionals, some lions have killed impala, giraffe, even wildebeest in front of tourists. But on this day their prey remained hidden in the buzzing bushveld, with the cry of ibises warning of our coming.
DURING A RECENT TRIP to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, our group came across Lion Encounter, a local excursion where you pay to walk with lion cubs, an “only-in-Africa” type of experience. According to locals, it is an extremely controversial operation. I thought of my experience swimming with dolphins in Mexico, where I found out later the deleterious effects it has on cetaceans.
This tour is a must do for all Adults no children allowed
The tour starts in a building where you are shown a video and the guide explains what their conservation program does for the Lions. The breeding program helps to increase the Lion population so that they don’t become extinct.
You are given safety instructions then you can go for a walk with the Lions. When they stop walking you can actually pat them at the back only near the tail
There are 4 guides walking with you & if you want they will help take photos. There is also a videographer and it’s well worth buying the video. Its an experience never to be repeated anywhere else