RHINO TRACKING IN UGANDA’S ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY – ZIWA RHINO AND WILDLIFE RANCH.
Rhino tracking in Uganda can be done in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is managed by Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch. Rhinoceros are second largest wild animal in the world after elephants and are among the Africa big five animals. Both black and white Rhinos in Uganda national parks became extinct in 1983 due to poaching and illegal human activity.
However, the Rhino fund Uganda which is currently called Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch together with Uganda Wildlife Authority have set up the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to look after the Rhinos that have been re-introduced in Uganda.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was then established in 2005 starting with 6 Rhinos 2 from America and 4 from Kenya so that in future, rhinos can be re-introduced in Uganda’s protected areas. There are currently 38 Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary that are available for trekking. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary provides a secure place for breeding and expansion of wild Rhino population in Uganda away from poachers and predators.
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is located in Nakasongola district approximately 180 km from Kampala city along Gulu high way. The Ziwa Rhino and wildlife Ranch is a privatly owned and nonprofit animal sanctuary in Uganda. The wild Rhino 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 trekking can be done at any time of the day but the best time is between 8:00 am and 11:00 am in the morning and 4: 00 pm in the evening. At around this time sechedule, rhinos are more active which gives visitors opportunity to take good photos. Rhino tracking activity lasts about 1 to 2 hours and can be included as en-route activity to do on your Murchison falls safari itinerary.
During the trekking you will also get to see different animals that stay in the sanctuary like antelopes, monkeys, hippopotamus, crocodiles and many bird species like shoebill stork, Abdim’s stork, African green pigeon, sacred ibis, speckled weaver, white headed barbet, yellow billed stork, yellow wagtail, grey heron and many more.
People interested to do Rhino tracking are required to pay a fee per person at the entrance gate. Rhino tracking in Uganda is USD.50 For Foreign non-resident adults, Children pay USD 25, for East African residents adults pay $40 and children pay $20, Ugandan citizens adults pay 30,000 Uganda shillings and children pay 10,000 Uganda shillings.