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The Lion Encounter

The Lion Encounter


Situated on the Masuwe Estate, only 10 minutes from the centre of Victoria Falls town, you will find a group of lion cubs, which may range in age from 3 to 16 months of age.  These lion cubs offer guests an unparalleled experience of the behaviour of this threatened species in Africa. Guests interact with 2 or 3 lion cubs for a period of approximately 1 and ½ hours. The lions roam free with guests in the African bush in the riverine vegetation and beautiful scenery situated on the banks of the Masuwe River. Guests may even be lucky enough to experience the young cubs on a stalk on some of the wildlife species that occur on the property.

The “Lion Encounter” offers a unique insight into the behaviour and social aspects of Africa’s most sought after photographic opportunity, the African Lion. 


The training techniques used by The Lion Encounter are based on years of experience gained by the management and staff from African Encounter, who have been walking and interacting with lions for over 20 years. 15,000 walks have been conducted to date without a single incident, proving that the training and rehabilitation techniques adopted are well supervised and professionally managed.

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Trips available

Half day AM / PM Lion Encounter Safari on Masuwe Estate
Lion paw


365 days a year


Pick up from Victoria Falls accommodation:   Between 5.30 - 6.00

Drop off at Victoria Falls accommodation:   Between 9.00 – 9.30


Pick up from Victoria Falls accommodation:   Between 14.45 – 15.00

Drop off at Victoria Falls accommodation:   Between 18.45 – 19.00


If you're staying in Zambia an additional transfer/border crossing fee will be applicable and you'll not be able to do the early morning or late afternoon time, (transfers, visas, not included and will be charged as an extra)
Lion belly scratch


Upon arrival, tea, coffee and cordials will be served – after which the guide will give a short introductory talk including safety aspects of the adventure. You will then be walked to an isolated area in the bush where they will be introduced to the lion cubs and their handlers.

On meeting the lion cubs, the Encounter begins. Each lion is under the charge of a handler – the guide carries a first aid kit and handheld radio.

During interaction, the guide will give an informative talk on the lions and their relationship with man.  Above all, guests will be advised about the long term plans for rehabilitating the lions back into the wild.  BY GOING ON THIS WALK, YOU ACTUALLY BECOME PART OF THIS PROGRAMME AND A DIRECT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION OF THE “KING OF THE BEASTS” WILL BE MADE FROM YOUR FEE.  Lions, (Panthera Leo) are listed in the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix II and are regarded as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as such have been placed on their Red List [Version 3.1 2001].  

The Encounter ends with clients being walked back to the starting point and from there, being transferred back to town. On the way back to town the clients stop in at Masuwe Lodge where, in the reception area, guests can view a video of their personal “Lion Encounter”. Videos are available for purchase and will be delivered to guests’ hotels that evening or the following morning (depending on which Safari is booked).


There is no upper age limit. There is a height limitation of 1.5meters. Anyone shorter than this will not be permitted to participate in the Lion Encounter. A guardian must accompany children under the age of 16 throughout the trip.


There are no specific health requirements for this activity, and physical disabilities will be considered on an individual basis. If a guest has any medical condition such as epilepsy, diabetes or dangerous allergies etc, please ensure we are informed at the time of booking.


The Lion Encounter is covered by a US$ 1 500 000 Public Liability Insurance. 

All clients travelling with The Lion Encounter are covered by M.A.R.S. in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Lion reflection


Please bear in mind that guests will be responsible for carrying their personal effects while on the walk. It is therefore advisable that belongings are kept to a reasonable limit. Bottled water and other refreshments will be available, so it is not necessary for guests to bring their own.

We recommend you bring the following:




Personal Medication

Glasses or sunglasses

Insect repellent

Guests should wear neutral coloured clothes. Wildlife may be encountered and therefore whites and bright colours should be avoided. Also note the bush may be wet from dew in the early morning and thus trousers and suitable shoes are recommended.

Recommended clothing as follows:

Long trousers with closed, comfortable shoes

Long sleeved shirt, especially in the summer months

A wide brimmed hat

A sweater is recommended for the months of May to August

Contact us to make a booking

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