Lion Encounter Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls

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Lion Encounter has been working in partnership with the local communities of Livingstone since 2008 and in Victoria Falls since 2005. Lion Encounter is developed from Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe. These three lion project locations now have over 15 various community initiative projects that they support or work with in some way.

We are dedicated to providing assistance in long term sustainable development initiatives to a wide range of projects including, conservation education, social welfare, other education such as health, environmental, human / wildlife conflict mitigation and training.

Lion Encounter is a responsible and ethical travel and tourism company. It is not a charity and therefore does not have to rely on donor funding as a means of support. It facilitates volunteers and staff to assist in local communities that would otherwise not benefit from their skills and expertise. There is no financial burden for the community as the project fee paid by the volunteers covers the cost of the volunteer’s stay in addition to providing surplus funding essential for the projects and organisation to continue to operate.

We also work very closely with African Impact, another company of African Encounter. African Impact was started in 2004 at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe. This family run business is the largest on-the-ground facilitator of socially responsible volunteer projects in Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Namibia and Madagascar. With over 20 years of experience in African travel, African Impact is the voluntourism arm under the umbrella of the travel group African Encounter.

Learning from our successes and mistakes along the way, in addition to the advice given to us by African impact we now have considerable experience and understanding of sustainable development and of Zambian communities. We are not an ‘aid-agency’ but operate at grass roots level dedicated to building strong relationships with our partners and stakeholders within the communities. This strategy focuses on:

• In depth assessment of community needs;

• Initiating, facilitating and supporting community development projects;

• Empowering communities to become self-sustaining;

• Continuous monitoring, assessing and reviewing with stakeholders to ensure what we are doing is achieving the objectives and truly benefiting the local communities in the most efficient way.

We believe whole heartedly in what we do and extremely proud of the projects that we support here in Livingstone. We are in this for the long term, none of this could have been accomplished without our volunteer’s dedication, energy and hard work.
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  • The lions are realitively tame but caution should be used if you choose to pet them. We felt very safe walking with the 3 year old pair of males. They do excellent work trying to repopulate the dwindl...  more »
  • April 2019, a random booking to walk with lions turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. After an early morning pick up from my hotel I was taken to the national park and met with Pax ...  more »
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