Lion Encounter

Lion Encounter is an active conservation program that is dedicated to the preservation of the African Lion species. The species has declined 80 - 90 % in the last 20 - 30 years and continues to do so at a rapid rate.

By taking part in a lion walk, or volunteering experience guests are dedicating funds and time to the project whilst learning about the species - and gaining life long memories!

It is important to note that all of Lion Encounter’s activities are operated for the purposes of the Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild program. We operate a staged rehabilitation program in which our activities are part of stage 1. The purposes of which are to provide our captive born cubs as many opportunities as possible to be in their natural environment. This means that we do not breed cubs or house any other species (other than volunteers!) for the purposes of attracting tourists.

Lion Encounter’s Lion Walk takes place approximately 10 minutes outside of Livingstone Town in the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. This involves taking young lions for walks in the bush. Guests can accompany these walks, supervised by trained handlers and guides. We offer 2 time slots AM and PM. Pickups will start from 0615 to arrive at Lion Encounter by 0700 for our morning walks, and 1415 to arrive at Lion Encounter by 1500 for our afternoon walks .Guests arrive at our hospitality Boma where you will be greeted with light refreshments, whilst you are given an introduction to the program and a safety talk. You will then head out for the walk which will last approximately 1 hour and 15 mins. The walk is not vigorous and is a pleasant walk in which you may come across other animals such as impala, zebra, waterbuck, baboons, and buffalo amongst others. Cameras are welcome on the walk. You will depart the hospitality boma at approximately 0915 and will be back at your hotel by 1000 and 1715 to be back by approximately 1800 for the afternoon walks.


  • Long Term Volunteering - Community Program
  • Lion Walking Activity
  • Short Term Volunteering Activity
  • Long Term Volunteering - Conservation Program
  • Project assists local communities with education and empowerment programs
  • Lion Walk includes transfers (from accomodation within town), safety talk and light refreshments
  • Taking part in Lion Encounter's Lion Walk supports a project dedicated to securing the future of the African Lion
  • PM Lion Walk 1415 - 1800
  • AM Lion Walk 0615 - 1000