Hereâ00s what Tom Croft, Ugo Monye, Jamie Roberts and Ross Ford had to say about bonding with an entirely different pride of lionsâ0¦
â00Iâ00ve never been on safari before and it was a great opportunity to see animals in the wild. It was brilliant driving out of the lodge to see a giraffe standing there right in front of you. It takes you aback, you think itâ00s staged and itâ00s hard to realise itâ00s in the real and in the wild.
â0The whole experience, the landscape and seeing the animals, is something you donâ00t experience that often. On Monday we went on an early game drive, jumped in the truck, grabbed a blanket and were driven round. We saw all sorts of animals, the hippos in the water, elephants, warthogs, zebras, a hell of lot of impala and deer and the backside of the elusive lion!
â00We were asked if we wanted to jump in with the lion and we said â00yesâ00 - I just thought itâ00s like a big cat really! So got I got in with the lion and found out it was a bit more than a big cat! It was very strong. In England youâ00d never be able to do that, so itâ00s really special that they let us go in with a lion.
â0It was a bit scary and if you show fear it would probably try and swipe your head off but you just had to bat it way. Me and that lion have a special bond now!â0
Tom Croft shows no fear as he enters the Lions' den
â00The safari was amazing, to actually see the elephants and the lions up close and then, right at the end, to actually get in the cage with the lion was one of the best moments of the tour.
â0I think I would be talking it up if I said I was wrestling with a lion but I patted him a couple of times! To be in a cage with a lion was awesome and the guy that looked after the lion said something very memorable; he felt it was important for us to get into the cage with the lion to understand the name lion and what we are representing and when you see the beauty and the actual power of the lion it really does blow your mind.
â0The lion was only 18 months old but it was enormous, it was powerful, fairly scary but an experience that Iâ00ll remember for a long time.â0
â00The safari was thoroughly enjoyable and it was great to relax. The night around the camp fire was one of the best nights of the tour.
â0The safari spoke for itself, to see all the animals in the wild was amazing and it was an experience of a lifetime going into the cage with a lion.â0
â00The safari was brilliant fun. Probably the highlight for me would be getting in the cage with a lion, a young lion but still a lion. It was a phenomenal experience just to see nature so close.â0