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Lion World Travel

5.0 Excellent
This operator is an Active Member in good standing in the United States Tour Operator Association and part of the $1 million traveler insurance program
# of trips 47 Trips
Type Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Trip prices $ 699 - $ 13,995
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Lion World Travel Company Reviews by Lion World Travel
We had the best time ever!
We had the best time ever! It was truly the best vacation we've ever taken. The people were fabulous, service oriented, friendly, accommodating...a pleasure to be around! Everything was just perfect!

The accommodations, fabulous, the food was way too delicious. We highly recommend this trip to anybody and kept toasting Costco along with three other couples for the way they put this trip together it was really brilliant thank you so much for your help with all our questions and how quickly you got back to us for each inquiry you are very efficient at your job. Thank you so much!

On another note, on the safari, Francois put together a surprise celebration luncheon at their treehouse to celebrate our daughter Kate's medical school graduation. It was truly amazing and we couldn't have been happier or more appreciative of all they did. It was so special and they put so much effort into it—leaving champagne, a beautiful lunch, and also baking a cake just for this occasion! It was such a nice, wonderful touch and made for a fabulous memory!
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Lion World Travel Company Reviews by Lion World Travel
It was absolutely fabulous.
It was absolutely fabulous. Marataba is an experience beyond words. The animals speak for themselves but the lodge is extraordinary. Capetown was lovely but Marataba is an impossible act to precede. We will be recommending you and your colleagues without reservation and with the greatest enthusiasm.
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Scott & Mary B.
Lion World Travel Company Reviews by Lion World Travel
Memories for a life time
We have returned from our trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Our accommodations and travel arrangements were excellent in each location, but our safari in Thornybush at Shumbalala Game Lodge was EXCEPTIONAL!

The accommodations were outstanding, the staff were exceptional, and our experience was off the charts.

We saw the Big 5, had great meals and met wonderful people. You provided us with memories for a life time.

By the way, Cape Town and Victoria Falls were excellent as well, but Shumbalala stole the show!

Thank you so very much.
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Beth & Mike E.
Lion World Travel Company Reviews by Lion World Travel
We had an absolutely amazing time in South Africa.
We had an absolutely amazing time in South Africa. Everything was perfect!!
Thompsons provided excellent service from the airport transfers to our full-day tours of the wine lands and the Cape Peninsula. Their staff were friendly, accommodating and very professional.

The Twelve Apostles truly offered a 5-star experience; we had a beautifully decorated room and the staff were outstanding. We ate all our diners at the hotel in the Leopard Lounge which, provided nightly entertainment. We also dined at the Azure restaurant. Everything was perfect.

Our tour to Robben Island was truly heartfelt and a definite must for anyone visiting Cape Town.

Shamwari truly offered us an experience of a lifetime. The tents were indeed ‘‘my kind of tents”! Our guide JB was extremely knowledgeable and a terrific ambassador of the Reserve. We had the opportunity to see The Big 5, zebras, giraffes, pumas, antelopes and countless other species – he even provided us the opportunity to eat a termite (yes both of us). The evening Sundowners and lunch in the bush were a nice treat - our visits to the Born Free Sanctuary and the Rehab Center were truly inspirational. All the staff were welcoming and ensured we had a fabulous time.

It was nice that we had the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow Lion World Travel guests from California and New York during our stay in Cape Town and Shamwari.

Our Journey to Freedom Tour in Johannesburg provided us the opportunity to truly understand the history of South Africa. Our guide, Ben, was friendly, knowledgeable and willing to share his experiences.

We want to thank you and Lion World Travel for providing us the most wonderful experience to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We will definitely recommend Lion World Travel to our friends and colleagues. We may even look at another visit to Africa.
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Lion World Travel Company Reviews by Lion World Travel
The experience far exceeded any expectations we had
We had a fantastic time. We felt so cared for by being greeted and guided each step of the way, once we reached Johannesburg (especially after doing all the logistics of NYC).

We loved travelling with Joe and Jason, who also booked through Lion World. We got along famously, and it added to our enjoyment.

The experience far exceeded any expectations we had. The experience of the guides, the comfort of the lodges and the vast number of animals that we got to sit and enjoy at length were all more than we expected.

We were glad we left Vic Falls for the end. The Victoria Falls River Lodge was beautiful and having the river to ride on was a great feature. I’m definitely glad we didn’t stay in town.

We surely appreciate all you did for us in preparation for this trip. It was a trip of a lifetime!

We have posted some pictures on Facebook as well.
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Lion World Travel Company Reviews by Lion World Travel
What a wonderful experience!!!
What a wonderful experience!!!

Everything was absolutely great! I had read many reviews and heard good things about Lion World, but everything far exceeded my expectations.

All food and facilities were beyond our expectations!

Otherwise, I have shared our experience with our friends and co-workers and recommended Lion World highly!!!

Thanks for an amazing experience!

We will not hesitate to use Lion World again for our next trip to Africa!
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Editorial review of Lion World Travel

Despite the “World” in its name, Lion World Travel is all about African safaris and tours, promising “extraordinary experiences of affordable luxury” from East Africa down to South Africa.

You can choose between group travel and individual itineraries, where you can mix and match as you please. Along with wildlife safaris, for instance, Lion World Travel can set you up with a luxury train trip (such as South Africa’s Blue Train) on your itinerary or into a luxury resort on an island in the Indian Ocean.  

What Makes Lion World Travel Stand Out?

Lion World Travel has more than 50 years of experience running tours and safaris in Africa. While it’s now part of the giant Travel Corporation and is headquartered in Toronto, its roots are in Africa, and the company maintains offices and a full staff on the ground in Africa.

They know their stuff, including the top lodges and tented safari camps – where they negotiate the best prices for their customers. Lion World Travel also includes airfare and/or single traveler specials in many of its trips, making them more affordable. Guides in the field are top-notch.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Lion World Travel?

Lion World Travel is the perfect tour company for travelers who are after the classic luxury safari experience, but perhaps find the pricing for this kind of experience prohibitive from a lot of other luxury safari operators.

A luxury safari conjurs up images of comfortable lodges keeping out the bugs, sunsets with silhouettes of elephant and giraffe in the distance, cocktails on the veranda, and five star dining. This is exactly what you’ll experience with Lion World Travel - in addition of course to the incredible daytime activities out on the savannah in a comfortable (or as comfortable as possible) safari jeep vehicle encountering incredible species after another.

Lion World also doesn’t skimp on the cultural aspects of visiting Africa. Especially due to their legacy - with many strong relationships formed with local people over - you’ll feel a sense of warmth and welcoming.

Families, honeymooners, single travelers, and food and wine aficionados are all welcomed with special itineraries and deals. “Platinum Itineraries” are offered for those seeking luxury all the way.

Top Destinations

Lion World Travel runs safaris and other trips in 12 countries in East and southern Africa, including two Indian Ocean island groups, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

On the mainland, you can explore the wildlife parks and other attractions of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Namibia.

Lion World Travel Style

The Lion World Travel style allows you to either choose a set itinerary for a small group tour – such as “Victoria Falls and Botswana,” “South Africa Culinary and Wildlife,” or “Luxury Tanzania” (including the Serengeti) – or put together your own custom made itinerary with Lion’s Africa experts there to advise you.

Once you’re there, expect a luxurious feel with top notch friendly service, and excellent food and drink.

While luxury accomodations are a big part of traveling with Lion World Travel, they are also all about making sure you experience the best the Africa has to offer.

Safaris take advantage of full days, departing at 6am returning for a bit of rest and heading out again to observe the nocturnal behavior out on the savannah. The day might wind down with a glass of champagne but not before you’ve taken to the air in a hot air balloon!

Why Choose an Africa Tour With Lion World Travel?  

Lion World Travel combines more than five decades of experience in Africa with the resources and backing of the Travel Corporation, which owns two dozen respected travel brands, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Uniworld river cruises. If you’re seeking a well-organized luxury safari with good value, this might be the company for you.

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From Lion World Travel

Lion World Travel specializes in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa as well as Egypt. For fifty years we have demonstrated our destination expertise and have become one of North America's largest agencies for this exotic continent. Our experience in this niche market creates a level of comfort among clients that is unique. With our safari specialists all having first-hand knowledge of Africa, Lion World Travel can confidently assist clients in creating an African adventure that fulfills their specific interests as well as their budget. Lion World Travel has offices in Toronto, Edmonton, New York and Atlanta.

Lion World Travel is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation group of companies. The Travel Corporation is a highly successful international travel group with over 25 award-winning brands including Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Red Carnation Hotels. The company’s guiding principle is one of providing the most enjoyable, enriching travel experience for its customers across the globe. The Group maintains an uncompromising commitment to offering the highest standards of product integrity and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

We understand that an African adventure is an investment of time, money and especially dreams, and we are committed to offering a unique travel experience with memories that will last a lifetime.  Whatever your dreams of Africa, we are committed to assisting you in creating your perfect safari just your way.  We make it a reality by tailoring an itinerary to suit your desires, interests and price range.

Safari Your Way

Choose one of our best-selling, “In Style”, popular journeys which represent affordable luxury – luxury safaris at value for money prices. Perhaps add a recommended extension and customize your local sightseeing activities.

Peruse our collection of suggested inspirational safaris and take them as is, or use them to mix and match and create your own dream safari.  

For the best value we suggest checking our specials which are packaged to include airfare from North America.

Review your favorite itineraries with one of our Lion World Travel Africa specialists who will help you create an unforgettable African journey, just your way!

Affordable luxury, value for money, and our signature customer service are what keep clients coming back to Lion World Travel.

On Being Local

As part of The Travel Corporation group which owns companies in Southern Africa and North America, we are proud to say we have a truly local presence in both continents to better serve your needs.

Our parent company, The Travel Corporation, has its roots in Africa and Lion World Travel, now in its 5th decade is also proudly local. Our staff hail from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as from North America. Our Africa based associate tour companies and hotels provide us with a strong presence in Africa. Together with our decades of practice in the industry, this has allowed us to build a solid relationship with hotels and safari lodges, and provided us with exceptional buying power, which gives us a distinct advantage in terms of negotiating the best rates.  With our local offices in Africa providing 24 hour  emergency assistance and having personnel on hand to deal with any issues that may arise, our clients can feel safe and secure in travelling with us.

With our roots in Africa and our headquarters in Toronto and offices in New York, Atlanta and Edmonton, we are local in North America as well.  We are here to service you on, or close to, your own time zone and can answer travel questions immediately and provide quotes usually within 24 hours.  Together with our knowledge and experience in meeting the unique needs and desires of our clients, this differentiates us from other African-based tour operators.

At Home In Africa

We are indeed at home in Africa. We have local knowledge on what’s hot and happening and can plan itineraries around popular events. Whether you are interested in golf, cuisine, hot air ballooning, endangered species or culture, our safari specialists are at your service to make your dream a reality.

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--2014: South African Tourism Ubuntu Award for North America’s Top Producing Tour Operator for the 5th year in a row!

--2013: South African Tourism Ubuntu Award for North America’s Top Producing Tour Operator 

--2012: South African Tourism Ubuntu Award for North America’s Top Producing Tour Operator, South African Airways Award of Excellence in Travel and Tourism for North, Travelzoo Award for Best Overall Provider of Vacation Packages to Warm Weather Destinations and Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Best Tour Operator Marketing

--2011: South African Tourism Ubuntu Award for North America’s Top Producing Tour Operator

--2010: South African Tourism Ubuntu Award for North America’s Top Producing Tour Operator


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