Mauritius is a beautifully diverse, culturally rich island nation sporting a variety of luxury resorts and sandy beaches. You could easily spend your entire stay there relaxing on a lounge chair next to the sparkling emerald sea…or you can take a walk on the wild side and visit Casela Nature Park. One of only three locations in the world (the others are Zambia and Zimbabwe) where you can get up close and personal with lions in their natural habitat, Casela offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to “Walk with Lions.” While the lion walk activity was completely booked up while I was there, I still had the opportunity to experience the lion encounter Mauritius alternative. Without a doubt, this was the most exhilaratingly-terrifying experience of Round the World #7. Just me, a trainer and a photographer (all of us unarmed except for that stick you see in my hand) in a pen with eight completely untethered lions. Talk about living on the edge! It was an incredible adventure and sometimes I still wonder…was anyone really keeping a close eye on those lions in the picture behind me?