WHERE IS ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary harbors Uganda’s adventurous endangered rhinos and is located in Nakasongola District just near Nakitoma Village, along the Kampala – Gulu highway in Northern Uganda, approximately 180 km by road on your way to Uganda’s largest national park at Murchison falls national park.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was reintroduced into Uganda in 2005 by a government organization called Rhino Fund Uganda. Ziwa is Uganda’s only place where travelers can track rhinos on foot; rhino tracking is really an exciting tourism activity as you watch both the white and black rhinos.
Ziwa Rhino sanctuary has approximately 78 well-trained, skilled rangers working hand in hand with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to ensure that the rhinos and visitors are protected and safe. Ziwa Rhino started with approximately six rhinos, and currently the number has increased to about 19 animals. Apart from African black and white rhinos, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary harbors many bird species, reptiles, hippos, antelopes, Nile crocodiles, and monkeys.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is an awesomely unique tourism activity that grants visitors a chance to see both black and white rhinos on foot at the same place. Rhino tracking involves watching rhinos closer and at a safer distance under the guidance of a skilled ranger guide. You can also take closer pictures with them as you observe these endangered rhinos feed in their natural habitat. Ziwa rhino tracking can be combined with the Big 5 safari when you visit Murchison falls national park.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary accommodates over 350 bird species. Bird watching at Ziwa can take a full or half day, either on a boat or on a guided nature walk. Ziwa bird species include the blue-spotted dove, African black crake, shoebill stork, and Abdim’s stork.