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Lion World Travel

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1964
Headquarters
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Trips
  • 73

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Lion World Travel Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Tour Reviews

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We had the best time ever! June 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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It was absolutely fabulous. February 2020

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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S&MB

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Memories for a life time November 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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B&ME

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We had an absolutely amazing time in South Africa. November 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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The experience far exceeded any expectations we had November 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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S

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What a wonderful experience!!! November 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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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.

Associations:

United States Tour Operators Association

Awards:

--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

Trips & Specials

VICTORIA FALLS IN STYLE - LAND ONLY - FROM $1399

Experience impressive Victoria Falls, river cruises, luxury accommodation & game drives, as an exciting add-on to a South African trip.

  • CLASSIC TANZANIA - AIR INCLUDED - FROM $3299

Discover the awesome wildlife of Tanzania's Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater.

  • SOUTH AFRICA IN ABSOLUTE STYLE - AIR INCLUDED - FROM $3999

Affordable luxury is the signature of this South African vacation to Cape Town and a "Big Five" safari.

  • LUXURY SOUTH AFRICA - AIR INCLUDED - FROM $4998

Experience the highlights of Cape Town, a hot air balloon ride and Africa's majestic wildlife on this luxury safari package 

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