Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a home to Uganda’s white rhinos and a foundation for Rhino Tracking Tour. Both Birding watching and Tracking of Rhino are exciting activities carried out in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary combined with Murchison Falls Tour and safari
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary back ground
The Sanctuary is the only home for Rhinos where Rhino Tracking is done in Uganda and is situated in Nakasogola on your way to Murchison falls. Tracking Rhinos is between 1 – 2 hours and a Rhino permit costs 45$ this year 2017 for Foreign non residents.
In 2002, Rhino Fund Uganda and Ziwa Ranchers Ltd, entered into a lease agreement on seventy square kilometers of land which would become Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The first rhinos arrived at the sanctuary in July 2005, from Solio Ranch in Kenya. These four southern white rhinos, Taleo, Moja, Bella, and Kori, were donated by the European Union in support of the rhino project.
Today, with much effort and support, Rhino Fund Uganda is working to reintroduce the rhinoceros to its native lands and Ziwa Sanctuary is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The sanctuaries long term goal is to build a sustainable rhino population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas
The non-profit sanctuary is also home to an assortment of rescued animals – from a pair of colorful grey-crowned cranes to a tiny antelope, making it a wonderful and educational place to visit for both adults and children.
Activities in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
A number of activities take place at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary including ; Rhino Tracking, Bird watching and Nature walks.
Rhino Tracking at the Sanctuary
Tourists heading to Murchison Falls National Park normally make a stopover at the Sanctuary to Track the Rhinos on foot through the savannah and swamps for 2 hours as guided by experienced Game rangers. The guides know each of the nine rhinos by name, from the huge, battle scarred males to the gentle females resting in the shade with their calves.
Bird watching in the Sanctuary
The large Sanctuary is not only home to the endangered Rhinoceros but its vast wetlands are a place that birders with 350 species of birds. The Sanctuary is also one of the best places in Uganda where you can see the ancient looking Shoebill Stork while traversing the swamp in a Canoe.
You can do a half or full day Birding Tour as you explore the sanctuary by either boat or guided walks
Other Birds that you might encounter include; the pre-historic looking Shoebill Stork, others such as the White Crested Turaco, the Giant Kingfisher, and the Speckled breasted Woodpecker to name a few.
Nature Walks in Ziwa Sanctuary
You can spend the day hiking in the wilderness of the sanctuary encountering bushbuck, grey duiker, oribi, waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, mongoose, ground squirrels, vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus, and various reptiles such as large monitor lizards, butterflies and interesting insects.
Nature Walks like with Birding Walks can be from 3 hours to longer. Such Nature Walks on foot are with guides who will help in pointing the wildlife that is found here at the Sanctuary.
Accommodation in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
If you plan to stay overnight in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you may sleep at Ziwa Rhino Guest house for both Budget and mid-range visitors. For upmarket or Luxury visitors consider sleeping at Amuka safari Lodge.
To book your next for Rhino Tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary or Murchison falls National Park
For 1 Day Ziwa Rhino Tour, contact us at Katona Tours and Travel