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Antelope Park

Lion Walk

Would you ever have thought it possible to stroll through the African bush with a free-roaming lion at your side? Take a walk on the wild side at Antelope Park as you join our lions while they explore their natural habitat each day. Experienced guides and handlers will lead you on early morning or afternoon walks with our cubs, where you can interact with them and get up close to the King of the Beasts. Our professional team of staff will help you make the most of this incredible experience.

A walk will last approximately one and half hours and the lion cubs accompanying you range in age from 6 to 18 months. You might even be fortunate enough to witness them practicing their stalking and hunting skills – or even making a kill!

But your Lion Walk is much more than you think. It‘s not just a very privileged photo opportunity; it‘s the chance for you to become a conservationist.

Antelope Park is home to ALERT and the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild programme. Please see www.lionalert.org for more information about how you’ll be making a positive impact on the future of the African Lion.

Important Note: Lion walks are subject to age and height restrictions.

Time: 06h30 or 16h30 daily
Height Restriction: 1.5 metres
Age: 16 years and above
Please Note: Closed walking shoes are compulsory. No bright colours or flimsy, tasseled clothing to be worn on walks.

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Lion Enclosure Tour

When a lion reaches two years old they move from stage 1 of the rehabilitation programme to our breeding programme. Our fully-grown lions and lionesses are both majestic and awe-inspiring.
We are privileged to be the home of the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), one of the world’s leading conservation programmes to help save the African lion from extinction. An insightful 45 minute tour of the lion breeding centre is a great way for our guests to gain a better understanding of the aims and objectives of ALERT and Antelope Park, as well as being a fascinating educational opportunity to learn about these magnificent big cats.

Time: Not specified (confirmed upon booking)
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A

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Lion Feeding

The fur will fly when you visit our adult lions at feeding time! This is a dusty, energetic and exhilarating activity, and a vital part of our research into the lion’s characters and dominance. Watch as the lions rush towards their meal at the fence line, just metres away from you, tussling with one another for the biggest cut of dinner; the guttural growls, fixated eyes and licking of lips so close the energy is palpable.

Time: Not specified (confirmed upon booking)
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A

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Lion Cub Viewing

Energetic, feisty and ready to pounce… Interact with our small lion cubs! Socialising our cubs with humans is a very important part of the first stage in our rehabilitation programme. By taking part in a cub viewing not only will you have a truly special and phenomenal experience, but you will also be helping us make sure these cubs get a great start in our conservation programme.

Time: Not specified (confirmed upon booking)
Height Restriction: Dependent on age of cubs ages i.e. children must meet specific height requirements in order to participate in the activity (confirmed upon booking)
Age: As above

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Night Encounter

Our world exclusive Night Encounters allows guests to join young adult lions on a hunt in the early evening. Watch from the safety of an open-top safari vehicle as these powerful animals roam through the bush in search of prey. This is an essential part of the Rehabilitation and Release Programme and you’ll get a front row seat at one of the most gripping scenes in the animal kingdom - the King of Beasts hunting, stalking and maybe even making a kill! These close encounters, all under the glorious starry African sky, truly are a “one in a million” experience.

Please Note: Night Encounters are subject to age and height restrictions.

Time: Winter - 17h00 | Summer – 18h30
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: Participants must be 8 years or older

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Stage 2 Lion Research: The NGAMO Pride

Visit a pride of lions in their natural habitat… Our stage 2 release pride comprises 6 adult lionesses, 1 adult male (who is absolutely spectacular) and 5 cubs. This is the pilot release site of our world-first conservation initiative and the cubs born here are the future of our rehabilitation and release programme. The adult lions are collared for research purposes so it’s almost certain you will find them.

From the safety of a caged vehicle, you will accompany our research technician and locate the lions using a telemetry set. It truly is enthralling to watch this pride roaming free in their natural surroundings and observing their interactions with one another. You might be fortunate enough to witness them on a hunt or even making a kill! All proceeds generated from this activity will go to ALERT, enabling further development of the release programme.

Time: Morning: 06h30 – 08h30 | Mid Morning: 10h45 – 13h00
Afternoon (winter): 15h45 – 18h00 | (summer): 16h15 – 18h30
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: Participants must be 8 years or older

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Elephant Training

Lions are not the only Big 5 animal here at Antelope Park; you will also be able to meet our four resident elephants, who are absolutely charming. Our African Elephants came to the Park in the early 1990s, when they were rescued from almost certain death during a severe drought. Happily, they now get to spend most of their day grazing around the Park, but even the elephants have to put in a few hours of work everyday. And for our four, the day starts with a 30-minute training session with their handlers, which is essential for control and respect. As a guest, you can join in, and learn about elephant behaviour. It is a very special opportunity to interact with these gentle giants up close and personal.

Time: 07h15
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A but children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

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Elephant Ride

Climb on board nature’s very own four-wheel drive and get an elephant’s view of the world during a ride on the back of one of these magnificent animals. Let Amai, Tombi, Jecha or Chibi take your African adventure visit to a new height! Our elephant safaris give you a stunning bird’s eye view of the bushveld and it is an excellent way to view and get up close to the other game species who roam the Park.

During full moon we also offer lunar rides: a truly magical opportunity to be meandering through the Park on elephant-back while spotting game under the splendor of the bright, starry African sky.

Time: Between 10h00 – 13h00 and 14h30 – 16h00
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A but children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

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Elephant Walk

Walk alongside these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Spend the morning getting to know the personalities of Amai, Jecha, Tombi and Chibi as they slowly make their way across the African bush filling their insatiable appetites along the the way. Walking alongside the elephants will also give you a chance to get to know their handlers, who spend their entire day with these fascinating creatures and are a wealth of knowledge. Join us and watch the intriguing world of elephants unfold before your eyes.

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Horse Riding & Lessons

Ride off into the morning, a sunset or even experience an African night at full moon, and get exceptionally close to the free roaming wildlife on the Park. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, this is a wonderful game viewing experience. Professional riding lessons are available from our experienced horsemen. Pony rides are also available for the kids.

Time: 09h30 – 13h00 or 14h30 – 16h00
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A

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Lunar Horse or Elephant Ride

Shine a new light on your African bush and game viewing experience. The lunar rides offer a unique and ethereal perspective of Park and a special “touch of Africa”.

Time: 19h00, at full moon
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: Participants must be 12 years or older

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Game Drive

A safari classic! Enjoy time out in the African bush and keep your eyes peeled for giraffe, zebra, kudu and many other wildlife species that call Antelope Park home, from the comfort of one of our game drive vehicles.

Time: N/A
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A
Please note: Minimum of six participants required for activity

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Carriage Ride

Need to unwind? Escape to a time gone by and enjoy the leisurely pace of our delightful mule-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy and absorb the African bush surroundings and spot wildlife as the mules trot around the Park. Snacks and drinks are included in this activity

Time: N/A
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A
Please note: Minimum of six participants required for activity

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Bush Walks & Birding

Join one of our knowledgeable guides on an insightful and leisurely walk through the bush. Learn all about Antelope Park, its game and birdlife. With an abundance of wildlife (over 120 bird species and more than 20 types of mammal to be found) it’s not difficult to realise why our guests return year after year.

Time: N/A
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A

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Canoeing

Canoe and boat hire is available, with lifejackets for the whole family. Hop into a canoe and enjoy a tranquil paddle whilst you explore the lake. What better way to feel relaxed and refreshed than to glide across the early morning misty waters, or relish the aquatic surrounds during the heat of a summer’s day.

Please Note: Canoeing is for stay-over guests only

Time: N/A
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A but children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

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Sundowner Boat Cruise

Another great way to enjoy the flora and fauna at Antelope Park! A leisurely afternoon cruise on the lake is the perfect way to wind down as the day draws to a close and watch the stunning fiery sunsets for which Africa is so famous.

Time: N/A
Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A but children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Please note: Minimum of six participants required for activity

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Fishing

Get hooked… And reel in your dinner! Your catch of the day could include some of the excellent bass, bream and catfish to be found both in the lake and in the dam. Bring your own equipment or hire boats, canoes, rods and tackle from reception.

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Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A

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Snake Viewing

Enter our snake room – if you dare! See and learn about some of Africa’s most deadly animals, including the notorious puff adder, responsible for the highest snake mortalities of people in Africa each year. Get educated about Zimbabwe’s snakes and, most importantly, what to do should you ever encounter one.

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Height Restriction: N/A
Age: N/A

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