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Lion Encounter is an active conservation program that is passionate about ensuring a secure future for the African lion. The species has seen an 80 – 90% decline in the past 20 – 30 years and we are Africa’s first genuine program to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild. Lion Encounter has 2 operations on either side of the Victoria Falls border. You can visit Lion Encounter in either Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe, or Livingstone Town, Zambia. Lion Encounter offers people the chance to walk with this magnificent species, or volunteer with us and actively contribute to our efforts, to save the African Lion.

Our Activities

Lion Encounter offers various activities that people can take part in, all in support of the larger conservation efforts to save the African Lion. Join one of our lion walks or volunteer with us, don’t miss these incredible experiences that will provide you with memories for life.  

Our Lions

Meet our beautiful lions based in both in Livingstone and Victoria falls. From the antics of our young cubs finding their paws on their lion walks, to Zulu, and his females, who make up our exciting lion release pride, you can read more about them all here.  

Our Projects

Find out more about our community and conservation projects.Lion Encounter provides both manpower and material support to the some of the schools, clinics, clubs and communities in our local areas.Lion Encounter is also heavily involved in other conservation initiatives...  


Whether you want to contribute to the welfare and rehabilitation of our lions, or dedicate your time to education and community empowerment you can get hands on by volunteering with us on Lion Encounter. We offer both a short term and long term option for volunteering.
This has been an absolutely amazing experience.the information provided at the start opened my mind.the staff made me feel safe at all times - Teme, NZ
The guides were informative and well trained.i felt safe while walking and petting the cubs.great adventure - Rick, USA
It was unbelievable and brought tears to my eyes.unforgettable!a memory that will last a lifetime - Una Nieuwoudt, USA
Check our our Blog! There's lots going on in the world of Lion Encounter, and here's where we can keep you up to date with the news.
story1EXCITING NEWS! On the 20th of March Subi, one of our females at the Dambwa breeding programme, gave birth to four beautiful cub. They all seem healthy and we have seen them feeding. When they are a little older and more mobile we will be able to find out their sex! We shall keep you posted on the cubs as they grow and thrive.
DSCN2675HEART WARMING VISIT The Lion Encounter community volunteers recently visited the rural community of Jambezi, where they handed over donations to a nearby school. Before visiting Chikamba Primary School, they stopped off to greet Chief Shana, who gave them his blessings to meet with his community.
story1LUCKY NUMBER 13 In mid-October 2013, Leya and Zulu mated for several days. On the 29th January this year, Leya was notably absent at a zebra kill attended by all other pride members – exactly 104 days after mating. The afternoon of the 11th of March had been a suitably atmospheric one with large storm clouds and angry grey skies covering the site, accompanied by distant rumbles of thunder.
story4GREAT NEWS FROM TWABUKA READING CLUB Lion Encounter Zambia were thrilled to receive literacy improvement resources from Axis Education Limited and reading assessment materials from Coventry University to be used at Twabuka Reading Club. This comes as a big boost to our work, as these materials have been donated to allow us to measure improvements in the children’s reading and comprehension levels.