Friday, 24 February 2017

Bushtracks Zambia: new lion and rhino safari in Livingstone

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Lion and Rhino Safari

Lions once ruled from the southern tip of Africa all the way to North-western India. We now run the risk of wild lions becoming extint by 2020.

A world without this symbol of strength and power that has been intertwined in human history and culture since the dawn of mankind.

A savannah ecosystem without this key stone species cannot survive in their absence.

What implications would this have on an economy that thrives on tourism. Where would it be without the Lion to draw such a captive market?

We need Lions, and at present we have less than 20,000 of them left on the planet. It is time for a human intervention. We have created the problem and now it is up to us to solve this crisis.

Our effort to save these iconic animals requires time and resources. This is why Bushtracks Africa, in conjunction with Wildlife Encounter, have created a safari package tailored around a conservation effort to reintroduce prides of Lions into the wild. Join us on one of our safaris and you will be contributing to the continued survival of Africa's Lions.

Wildlife Encounter is an active conservation program that is dedicated to ensuring a secure future for this magnificent species. It is also Africa's first program to ethically introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions into the wild.

Wildlife Encounter is partnered with ALERT, the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust, a conservation and community NGO that is dedicated to the future of Africa’s wildlife and people.


Wildlife encounter operates on the Zambian side of the majestic Victoria Falls, within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Dambwa forest in Zambia.

Guests will be collected from their respective lodgings or pick-up points and transported the short distance to the Dambwa Conservancy.

Within a specially created 707 acre reserve live a pride of 12 lions. The 6 adults were captive raised, but the 6 cubs were born in the release site and have had no human contact. It is these cubs, when old enough, that will be released into the wild to help address the 80-90% decline in African lions that this Continent has experienced since 1975. The release programme is operated in partnership with the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) whose goal is to ensure viable populations remain a part of Africa through an integrated conservation and community effort or; "responsible development". This approach ensures that the rural communities surrounding the Conservancy benefit from the lions’ presence and are therefore proud to host this amazing species.

During your visit, our experienced guides will introduce you to the pride's members, give you information about the release programme and our broader efforts in lion conservation, as well as the work we are undertaking with our communities. You will also join ALERT’s research team who are studying the behaviour of these lions in great detail. From this you will gain a fascinating understanding of the inner workings of a lion pride.

We will stop off at our Forest Boma for breakfast (morning) or snacks (afternoon), where you can also see the tree nursery – part of our forest regeneration project. Merchandise and locally produced crafts are available to purchase in support of the local communities.


Continuing on a drive through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park will ensure visitors have a rare opportunity to leave the vehicle behind for a short walk under the guidance of professionally trained rangers to see the White Rhino - close up.

Here visitors will be given a talk on the history of this species in the Park, the threats to the species, the protection they require, and the conservation strategies to ensure this species’ remains a permanent presence within this area.

Minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 18 people for each session.


AM Drive
7:00: Pick-up from Livingstone and drive up the Lusaka road to the Dambwa forest.
7:45: Enter the stage 2 release site from the east gate
9:00: Depart the release site through the main gate and continue on to the lion feed
9:20: Breakfast
9:45: Drive to the park along dirt road/Alternatively return to Livingstone if on a Lion drive only.
10:10: Rhino walk with rangers
10:30: Game drive along the Zambezi River
11:30-12:00: Livingstone

PM Drive
14:00: Pick-up from Livingstone and game drive along the Zambezi River
15:00: Rhino walk with Rangers
15:30: Drive to Dambwa local forest along dirt road
16:00: Lion Feed
16:30: Enter the Stage 2 release site through the main gate
17:45: Depart the release site through the east gate and drive along the Lusaka road.
18:30: Livingstone

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