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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

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.

In 2005 the sanctuary was established and rhinos were re-introduced by the Rhino Fund Uganda. Ziwa is the only place where you can track rhinos on foot; it is really great and exciting as you watch the white rhinos!

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.

What to do in Ziwa

Rhino Tracking

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.

Bird watching

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 and many more.

Nature Walks

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.

Where to stay

Amuka Safari lodge

This lodge has very nice facilities and comfortable for an overnight stay in the tented cottages, food served here is tasty. This lodge also has a swimming pool; generally it’s a great time spent here.