RHINO TRACKING IN ZIWA SANCTUARY UGANDA
Rhino tracking in Uganda happens in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is located in Nakasongola District as you head towards Murchison falls national park along Gulu highway. Rhinoceros are second biggest mammal in the world after an African elephant. Uganda national parks had both black and white rhinos but because of poaching they became extinct in 1983. In Uganda, Rhinoceros were re-introduced by Rhino fund Uganda in collaboration with Uganda wildlife authority and now Uganda has only white Rhinos in Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
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 sanctuary is privately owned and non-profit animal sanctuary. The Ziwa 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. Accommodation is available for those who wish to spend the night near the Rhinos at AMUKA Lodge, This allow visitors ample time to do tracking and other activities without rush.
Rhino tracking can be done any time of the day and can be included as an activity on your trip itinerary to Murchison falls national park while on Uganda Safari. The recommended time is between 8am and 11 am in the morning and 4pm in the evening. The tracking activity takes about one to 2 hours and during the tracking you will get chance to see different animals that stay in the sanctuary like oribi, Vervet monkeys, hippopotamus, crocodiles and many bird species like shoebill, Abdim’s stork, African green pigeon, ibis, weavers, barbets, yellow billed stork, wagtail, heron and many others. Someone to undertake Rhino tracking in Ziwa Sanctuary is required to pay Rhino tracking fees. Below is are the charges;
- For non-residents adults pay USD 50
- Non Resident Children pay USD 25
- East African residents adults pay $40
- East African foreign residents children pay $20
- Ugandan citizens adults pay 30000 Uganda shillings
- Ugandan children pay 10000 Uganda shillings.
Inform your tour agency to include this activity on your itinerary as there will be no any other chance in other game parks to see Rhinos.