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Lion and rhino in focus

Lion and rhino in focus

See lion and rhino in Livingstone, Zambia
See lion and rhino in Livingstone, Zambia


  Excellent game viewing of  rare and iconic wildlife species can be enjoyed in Livingstone, Zambia


Wildlife Encounter, located in Livingstone, Zambia, is an active conservation programme dedicated to ensuring a secure future for the magnificent African lion species. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the lion population has been decreasing at a drastic rate, approximately 42% over the past 21 years.

Wildlife Encounter offers guests the unique and privileged opportunity to come close to two of Africa’s most iconic species, the lion and the white rhino. By taking part in the Lion Research and Rhino Safari, guests will firstly be guided through the Dambwa Conservancy, a  290ha reserve in which a pride of 12 lion live.

This special pride is part of a four stage release programme, and it is the cubs of this pride that will be released into suitable protected wild areas. By accompanying the research team, guests have the opportunity to learn and observe the inner workings of a lion pride and gain an understanding of the release programme.

Guests are then taken on an educational drive through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, to view a diverse range of plains game and learn more about the eco-system. Guests will have an opportunity to leave the research vehicle accompanied by a professional guide and set out on foot to observe white rhino in their natural environment. The guide will discuss the threats that the white rhino faces while guests enjoy the rare experience of being in such close proximity to this great animal.

Wildlife Encounter also offers volunteer programmes, with participants able to stay for an extended period and take part in research and conservation efforts, providing an unforgettable encounter with Africa and one which also goes towards increasing knowledge and aiding protection of some of Africa’s most at-risk species.