Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary proudly harbors Uganda’s wild endangered rhinos. It is situated in Nakasongola District, near Nakitoma Village, in the north of Kampala along Kampala – Gulu highway approximately 180km by road; it covers around 7,000ha (70 sq km). It takes about 3 hours to drive there; this is about half way of the journey to Murchison Falls National Park.
Uganda used to have a big number of Rhinos in the 90’s but during the massive wars in the 1970s, there were serious killings, poaching and hunting and by 1983 there was extinction of Rhinos. In 2005 the sanctuary was established and rhinos were re-introduced by the Rhino Fund Uganda. Ziwa is the 90’s.
The sanctuary has around 78 amazing trained and skilled park rangers; it works hand in hand with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Ziwa Ranchers Limited. It started with 6 rhinos but currently number has grown to about 19 animals.
Apart from rhinos, Ziwa is also home to a number of bird species, reptiles, and 40 mammal species including antelopes, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys among others. There is surely a lot to do and see in the sanctuary such as birding and Nature walks though Rhino tracking is the major activity.
This is an awesomely unique activity which grants you chance to see rhinos on foot; this involves watching them up close and at a safer distance.
With the guidance of skilled ranger guides, you can get closer to them about 6 to 7m, you can take as many photos as you want and observe these endangered rhinos feed in their habitat.
In fact you can have chance to see all the Big 5 if the safari includes a visit to Murchison falls. You can also come across animals like antelopes, hippos among others.
The sanctuary is home to over 350 bird species, so birders can have a full or half day time of birding either on a guided nature walk or on boat. You will be guided by experienced bird guides.
Bird species that can be spotted include; the Blue spotted dove, the Shoebill stork, Abdim’s stork, and African black crake to mention a few.
Nature walks can take a half day or full day as you hike through the sanctuary where you will spot animals like the oribis, reed bucks, gray duikers, bush bucks, hartebeests, monkeys, butterflies and monitor lizards.
If one visits Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and he is to do all activities it means they can have an overnight stay, so there are no worries of where to stay or where to eat from, since the sanctuary has a restaurant and affordable comfortable accommodation facilities like; Amuka Safari lodge
This lodge has very nice facilities and comfortable for an overnight stay in the tented cottages, food that served here is tasty. This lodge also has a swimming pool; generally it’s a great time spent there.
Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is the only place where the rhinos can be tracked in Uganda. The other Rhinos are found at Uganda wildlife education center (former Zoo) in Entebbe.
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