Posted on Feb 03, 2023.
Walking with lions in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. In this post, I will share my unique adventure with my friends in the Gambia, where we were able to walk behind a lion and lioness and take pictures with them.
Before our adventure, we chose a responsible tour operator that prioritized the well-being of both the lions and tourists. We also made sure to bring our cameras and wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the excursion.
When we arrived at the savanna, we were greeted by the tour guides who signaled by sound for the other guides to bring out the lion and lioness to the walking path. We were then able to walk behind the lions for a distance, guided by the tour guides.
At the end of the walk, the lion hopped up on a tree, and we were able to individually take pictures kneeling behind the lion and lioness and standing in front of the lion sitting on the tree. The lion appeared to be relaxed and enjoying our company, and we were able to capture some amazing photos.
The Tour Guides:
Our tour guides were knowledgeable and shared interesting insights into the lions' behavior, which added to the experience. They also ensured our safety throughout the excursion and made sure to minimize any disruptions to the lions' natural habitat.
Exploring the wild with lions in the Gambia was not only an incredible and humbling experience, but it also taught me an important lesson about coexistence. Observing the relaxed demeanor of the lions in their natural habitat was a stark contrast to the conflicts that often arise between humans, and I couldn't help but ask myself why we cannot coexist as harmoniously as the lions do.
This experience has inspired me to continue my passion for promoting inclusion and belonging in all areas of my life, from the workplace to conversations with people from around the world. I believe that embracing cultural differences and nurturing a culture of acceptance and understanding is essential for creating a harmonious and thriving society.
In conclusion, walking with lions in The Gambia was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has left a lasting impact on me. The encounter with these magnificent creatures has sparked a new appreciation for nature and a desire to promote coexistence and acceptance in my daily life.