Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, located in Nakasongola District , is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project, was a project of Rhino Fund Uganda, and Uganda Wildlife Authority.
We are conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala–Gulu Highway, highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma Trading center).
Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild. Presently the sanctuary is home to thirty two (32) southern white rhinos.
The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk and Relaxation.
About Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
The Rhino sanctuary was established in 2005, by a collaborative effort of Uganda Wild life authority, Rhino Fund Uganda and Ziwa Ranchers Ltd.
This was to re-introduce the southern white rhinoceros. The black and white rhinoceros, were once indigenous to Uganda but, got instinct by 1982.
However, the good news is that during the Uganda safaris, the rhinos can be trekked at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The sanctuary was started with 6 rhinos, but now they are 32 rhinos.
In the past, Northern Uganda was once famed for its dense numbers of rhinos. Up until the early 1970s, Murchison Falls National Park was an important stronghold for the rare northern white Rhinos.
By the mid 1980s, no rhinos at all survived in Uganda, mainly due to commercial poaching and lawlessness. The good news is that rhinos are finally back in Uganda, and increasing in healthy numbers as each year goes by!
Eight southern white rhinos were reintroduced into Uganda between 2001 and 2006. Six of those rhinos were brought to Ziwa and they have since bred up to a total of 30-plus individuals in the Sanctuary.
What to expect in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Treasured wildlife is hosted by the sanctuary. It is home to 32 southern white rhinos including Taleo, Nandi, Bella, Obama, Malaika, Sonic, Zawadi, Lunna, Donna, Laloyo. UWEC is another home for only 2 of the rhinos.
These are names given by donors to the sanctuary, and it is the only place where the wild rhinos are found in Uganda.
Other wild life species include; the Uganda kobs, oribis, bushbucks, waterbucks, monkeys, antelopes, hippopotamuses and crocodiles found in the wild.
The tranquility in this area, has made comfortable more wild species including the rare shoebill bird, and over 300 bird species. Some of the birds at this sanctuary include;
The Broad billed roller, Aafrican Black-headed oriole, African Blue Flycatcher, Brown-backed srub Robin, Bronze Manikini, African broad bill, brown crowned chagra and many more.
Activities to do in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Rhino Trekking, is the key safari activity in the sanctuary. Rhino trekking to the wild rhinos in their undisturbed habitat, is best explored on foot by a well trained ranger.
The tourists drive to the park, then take a bush trek to find the rhinos which take about, 1 and half hours to 2 and half hours, depending on where the rhinos are.
Trekking the rhinos in the wild, requires closed shoes, long pants, water, insect repellant clothes and of cos yourself. Very interesting an activity with all the requirements.
The rare shoe bill trek, is another common activity that is carried out with exception of the rhinos. Ziwa rhino sanctuary in Uganda, is the only place where you almost guaranteed to see the shoe bill.
The perfect sighting is during, the early morning hours at around 6am, on a canoe ride through the swamp. During the morning trek, the Ugandan sunrise is viewed over Lugogo swamp, and the activity takes about 4 hours.
Birding is a must do activity for passionate birders, with about 300 bird species in the sanctuary. Birding walks are done in four bird trails, for about2 hours where you walk with your eyes wide open, just to make sure you don’t miss.
Nature walks and night walks
Safari guided nature walks and night walks, avail a perfect opportunity to exploit vegetation, discover night sounds and sensations, from the nocturnal animals that you had never imagined existed.
The torches used for night walks, are bright enough to bring the bush to day time views. Our Tracking of Rhinos by foot brings you within a few meters of these Jurassic animals.
Our experienced local guides at Ziwa ranks, among the most exciting wildlife experiences you will probably have within Africa.
Overnight stays enables one to enjoy an early morning canoe safari, in search of one of the oldest birds, the shoebill and other aquatic birds in nearby Lugogo Swamp. In addition, one can also enjoy night time walking safaris. Our home is constantly evolving.
Ziwa is where the magic unfolds.
Come join us in our little corner of paradise, with Inspire African Safaris , we look forward to welcoming you all.
Indeed! Uganda, is just one of a kind when it comes to wildlife diversity. Ever wondered meeting all the big 5 wild game, just in a single safari? Rhinos of cos are a part of the big 5.