Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is so far the only place in Uganda to see the Rhinos in the wild during your tours in Uganda, thus any tourist with the dream of seeing the Big five animals will be able to achieve the dream by visiting this site while the other four animals-Lions, Leopards, Elephants, and Buffaloes are found in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks.
This Rhino Sanctuary is situated within Nakasongola District, about 180 kilometers north of Kampala City along the Kampala-Gulu Highway, near Nakitoma Village and offers seclusion and serenity in stunning surroundings but tourists who visit the site can enjoy several activities. The site is about 3 hours’ drive away (about half the journey to Murchison Falls National Park) and is known for several activities including;
On-foot Rhino Tracking
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a haven to over twenty southern white Rhinos, making it the only place to enjoy on-foot Rhino Tracking in the company of experienced ranger guides who will take you through the vast plains to observe them go by their activities such as feeding, mating, and grooming. This on-foot activity takes one to two hours depending on the location of the Rhinos and involves spotting them up-close (at 6-7 meters away) and take as many photos as possible but also learn about their behavior and natural habitat. It is not only the Rhinos but you will be able to encounter other wildlife species such as Hippos and antelopes during the activity.
Therefore tracking the Rhinos within Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary can be well added on your itinerary for visiting Murchison Falls National Park due to the close proximity of the Park to the Sanctuary hence allowing tourists to achieve their dream of seeing the big five animals in an African wilderness.
Day and Night guided Nature Walks
The only way you can explore all or half of the attractions within this Rhino Sanctuary is by undertaking a nature walk where you will get the chance to encounter the wild animals such as ground squirrels, waterbucks, hippos, warthogs, vervet monkeys, grey duikers, reedbucks, bushbucks, black and white colobus monkeys, mongoose and hartebeests as well as reptiles especially Monitor Lizards, tree and butterfly species among others. Nature walks usually last at least 3 hours or more depending on the pace of movement but is done in the company of trained ranger guides who know where all the interesting attractions are found.
Bird watching and shoebill canoe tours
Even when everyone knows the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the Rhinos, it is also home to over 350 species of birds that can be explored through canoe tours and walks through some of the maintained trails. Some of the fascinating bird species you might see within the Sanctuary include the rare and mysterious shoebill stork, Blue-spotted doves, speckled-breasted woodpeckers, African black crake, giant kingfishers, white-crested turacos, and many others.
There are several serene and secluded campsites near the Headquarters of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary with amenities such as Hydro-Electricity power as well as backup solar with clean toilets and running water. Camping is one of the ways of having a close encounter with the wilderness since you will be surrounded by trees, wildlife, and singing birds that wake you up.
Therefore, the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of the top destinations for family or solo travelers and is known for a number of activities that include on-foot rhino tracking, camping, bird watching, and guided nature walks to offer you an unforgettable tour in Uganda.