Rhino tracking in Uganda can only be done in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Rhinoceros are second largest wild animal in the world after elephants and are among the Africa big five animals. Rhinos in Uganda national parks both black and white rhinos became extinct in 1983 due to poaching and illegal human activity. However, the Rhino fund Uganda together with Uganda wildlife authority have set up the Ziwa rhino sanctuary to look after the rhinos that have been reintroduced in Uganda.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was established in 2005 starting with six Rhinos two from America and four from Kenya so that rhinos can be reintroduced in Uganda’s protected areas in the long run. There are currently 32 Rhinos that are available for tracking. The sanctuary provides a secure place for breeding and expansion of rhino population in Uganda away from poachers and predators.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district approximately 180km from Kampala city along Gulu high way. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is privately owned and nonprofit animal sanctuary by Rhino Fund. The sanctuary is surrounded by a 2-meter electric fence to keep rhinos from getting out and also to keep away intruders. Many activities are done here which include rhino tracking, bird watching, shoebill canoe ride, guided nature walks and many more.
Rhino tracking can be done any time of the day but the recommended time is between 8am and 11 am in the morning and 4pm in the evening. This tracking activity lasts about 1 to 3 hours and can be included as an activity on your Murchison falls safari itinerary
During the tracking you will also get to see different animals that stay in the sanctuary like antelopes, monkeys, hippopotamus, crocodiles and many bird species like shoebill, Abdim’s stork, African green pigeon, sacred ibis, speckled weaver, white headed barbet, yellow billed stork, yellow wagtail, grey heron and many more. Someone to do Rhino tracking is required to pay a fee. For non-residents adults pay USD 50 and children pay USD 25, for East African residents adults pay $40 and children pay $20, Ugandan citizens adults pay 30000 Uganda shillings and children pay 10000 Uganda shillings.