Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district and is an amazing home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. These rhinos were re-introduced in Uganda by a project of Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This is the only place you in Uganda you will be able to sight on Rhinos in the wild. This Sanctuary is located 176km North of Kampala on the Gulu highway close to Murchison Falls branching off from Nakitoma Trading Centre.
Currently, the sanctuary is home to (22) twenty two southern White rhinos. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists for Rhino Trekking and other related activities as below.
Other activities to engage in at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
On your arrival to this Sanctuary, you will be allocated a well-trained ranger guide who will take you through the bush for Rhino trekking experience.
In the search, you will get the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. As they are free to move around on 7000 hectares of land, it is often necessary to drive to the areas where the rhinos are, before taking the bush trek. This drive is done in your own safari vehicle with your safari guide.
On your adventure at this sanctuary, you may also encounter a range of other wildlife species including Uganda Kobs, Oribis, Bush Bucks, Water bucks among others and a number of other bird species.
Shoe bill trekking
One of the most sought after birds to be seen in Uganda is the Shoe bill stork. This is one of the only places that you are almost always guaranteed to see the storks. The best sightings of these birds has been more than ten a trip, in swamps being their best habitat.
An early morning Shoe bill trek and canoe ride through the swamp not only gives you the opportunity to find the Shoe bill, but also to see the beautiful Ugandan sunrise over Lugogo Swamp. Water birds are plenty and this activity is a must for anyone who loves nature or is interested in birding. All tourists interested in this activity are always requested to stay a night within because this activity begins early at 06h00 in the morning as you are unable to enter the Sanctuary before 07:30am. The activity approximately lasts for 3-4 hours.
This activity offers you an interesting special experience of sound sensation of nature and wildlife you don’t know about.
The sanctuary contains over 300 bird species! There are four bird trails within the sanctuary which cover woodlands, swamp and Savannah. The bird guides are excellent and this is an activity that cannot be missed by bird lovers! You will probably get to see some of the other game on the sanctuary while doing your bird walk. Spend a night or two on the sanctuary and enjoy the array of several bird species and other wildlife you may encounter on this trip. It’s a real definition of experience that can’t be missed on your tour itinerary.
A safari to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is always done en route Murchison Falls National Park. It can be included among our Uganda Safaris, Primate Safaris and Bird Watching Safaris to expose you to the best Wildlife Experience that the country has to offer.