cute lion cub

baby lion on top of Leon

walking with lions

Lion Stalking

The animal interaction program is an interactive and educational tour. By teaching people about animals, such as lions and servals, about their natural behaviour we are able to create a greater awareness of the importance of conservation. Very few people are aware of the dire situation the lion population in Africa is facing and few realise that lions may become extinct in the near future. We take out small groups of people so that everyone can interact with the young (up to one year old) lions without stressing them in any way.

The tour is really laid back. Guests spend time in the garden feeding the baby lions, servals and any other rehab animals we might have at the time. Our guides are very knowledgeable and are always keen to share generally unknown and interesting facts about lions and servals.

Lion Drinking

The once-in-a-life-time walk on the wild side is a highlight of the tour. These walks are very important for adolescent lions as it encourages them to explore their surroundings and to hone their hunting skills - essential for their successful release later in life. The lions love to stop for a cuddle or splash in the water. There are no leashes or restraints - the lions are free to play naturally and they love to show off, so don't forget your camera!

  • Touch, Feel , Learn
  • Spectacular Photographic opportunities
  • Exclusivity – there is a maximum 15 guests per tour
  • Morning and afternoon tours

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Only got one day?

Do a Horse-riding Safari in the morning, lunch and an Animal Interaction Tour in the afternoon.

Maximum 10 pax.

The Full-day experience, Safari & Animal Interaction Tour starts with a delicious cup of filter coffee or a selection of different teas.

Every participant is then interviewed to get the rider onto the correct horse for his or her level of riding.

After this, your guide does a “pre-flight briefing” which is a short lecture on safety and Natural Horsemanship.

The riders then walk up to the stables where they are fitted with hard helmets and chaps for safety.

The ride takes place on Horseback Africa’s own private game reserve, which has a large selection of wild animals including giraffe, zebras, blue wildebeest, ostriches, and many species of antelope. Each rider is encouraged to strive towards learning more about horse riding. The beginners therefore learn to do sitting trot, rising trot and often even a canter, while the advanced riders are encouraged to enjoy some jumps, banks and riding through water. The time in the saddle is around 2 hours long.

On returning to the lodge, the riders then enjoy a wonderful lunch in the boma restaurant.

The Animal Interaction Tour will start with a short safety and information briefing. After that it's time to head out on the walk,m usually with lions! The lions run free, scampering up trees, playing in the river and practicing their hunting skills on each other. After the walk you return to the lodge garden to see the little cubs, then to the adult lions to see their feeding and any other rehab animals we may have at the time.

The tour ends between 3;30pm and 4:00pm.

All tours and activities are available from Tuesday to Sunday.

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