VICTORIA Falls residents and tourists have been urged to stay indoors, particularly, at night for security reasons, after prides of stray lions were recently spotted roaming in the resort town.
By Nokuthaba Dlamini
Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said the lions were straying from the surrounding parks.
“We would like to advise our tourists visitors mainly to avoid walking nor cycling at night, be it in town. These lions are all over town and if one is not careful, there might be injury or loss of life. Residents too, must avoid walking at night,” he said.
“Victoria Falls is surrounded by parks and these lions migrate at night in search of prey, but our rangers are monitoring the situation.”
Prides of lions have been spotted in different areas of the resort town, posing a threat to the lives of residents and tourists.
Australian tourist, Stephen Fullard confirmed the development yesterday.
“We were cycling towards Elephant Hills Hotel yesterday at around 8:30pm and we saw four lions crossing the road. Luckily, a car flashed and it stopped for us and they ran away after the driver sounded the hooter. It is very unsafe, but we did not know, as we are visitors here,” he said.
Lions are often spotted at Elephant Hills turn-off, Mkhosana turn-off, Cresta Sprayview Hotel area and Victoria Falls Primary School turn-off along Kazungula Road, although no casualties have been reported so far.