The Ziwa rhino Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district in the Kafu River Basin off the Kampala-Gulu highway towards Murchison falls National Park.
It is located approximately 176 kilometers north of Kampala city. It’s the only home for wild Rhinos in Uganda.
The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.
It is regarded as an astonishing moment to watch these rhinos in their nature environment. The sanctuary is majorly a home to the white.
It’s hoped that in the nearby future Rhinos will be reintroduced into parks most especially the nearby Murchison falls National Park.
The large Sanctuary is not only home to the endangered Rhinoceros but its vast wetlands are habitat for birds.
The sanctuary is a home to over 40 mammals and reptilian species including antelopes, monkeys, hippopotamus, crocodiles and numerous bird species
It 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.
Being the most done activity carried out at the park, the sanctuary gives you a rare opportunity to see the rhinos not from a vehicle but from up close and on foot, and you do have unusual photo opportunity in a close distance.
You will be escorted by Sanctuary rangers who certainly understand the habits and ways of the white Rhinos. This is regarded as the only place where you can watch these species.
You will encounter a range of other wildlife species including Uganda kobs, bush bucks, oribis, rich bucks, hippos and crocodiles.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is also home to over 200 bird species
Birds that you might encounter include much sought after bird in Africa, the pre-historic looking Shoebill Stork, others such as the White Crested Turaco, the Giant Kingfisher, and the Speckled breasted Woodpecker and many more.
Birding can be done by boat or you can take guided walks that are from half-day to full-day in length. For Birders, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of those places in Uganda that should be on your must-visit list.
The nature walks will enable you experience the geography, fauna and flora of this beautiful part of Uganda.
You will encounter bushbuck, grey duiker, hartebeest, mongoose, Vervet monkeys, black and white colobus, various reptile such as monitor lizards, butterflies and rare insects, various species of birds to mention but a few.
Where to stay
Amuka Safari Lodge
A night night at Amuka Lodge located in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary will give you a great African experience.
Among its amenities is a swimming pool for your enjoyment.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of a very few places to see the endangered rhinos in Africa. Trekking these animals can be very exciting, there are a lot of other animals in the Sanctuary and a large species of bird.
However, the experience can never be fully expressed in this short article. To encounter the real adventure, you need to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.