Lion conservation in Zimbabwe

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Program Description

Experience extremely close encounters with lions on this Lion Breeding and rehabilitation Project . This is the only project in the world where you can take lions for a walk through a Game Reserve, a unique and unbelievable experience!
There are no predators in the Game Reserve, making it an idyllic location in which to take the lion cubs for a walk in order to monitor their behaviour. If you can ride a horse, it's also delightful to spend some of your free time exploring the Reserve on horseback. It's quite an experience riding up to some Giraffes and finding yourself close to their head height, with their disconcerting brown eyes gazing at you in curiosity!
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Some of the work on this project is quite unique, Where else would you take lions for a walk every day to exercise them and to familiarise them with a game reserve environment? On the walks, the lions are 'free roaming' they get t play and stalk, and you may be lucky enough to have a large cub sitting on your lap sucking your thumb.

Generally, your work would include some or all of the following:

- Research. As part of the program we conduct a number of research activities to better understand lion behaviour and ecology.
- Lion Walks.
- Cleaning the lion enclosures
- Preparing meat for the lions
- Building and painting new lion enclosures
- Cutting and collecting firewood + Fire brakes
- Daily schooling and exercising of horses;

There is also an opportunity to visit children at a local orphanage and interact with them. They love to have the care and attention shown to them that they so richly deserve.


Experience the African bush in a special way on a private reserve.
Explore the savannah grasslands on horseback or whilst riding on African Elephants
Bottle feed and help take care of younger lion cubs, should there be a need for it.
Undertake important research about the behaviour of the African Lion
Swim on the back of an African elephant


No qualifications needed, just a willingness to work hard. NOTE: You must be a minimum of 1.55 metres (5 feet 1 inch) tall to participate on this project. Age requirement: Minimum 17

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What`s Included

Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
All accommodation
Transfer to the placement site
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion.

Program Locations

Gweru, Zimbabwe

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Program Details

Travellers Worldwide
  • Zimbabwe: Gweru
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
2-4 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
From £1465/$2,241 for 2 weeks
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