There are few places on earth where safari-goers can get within touching distance of rhinos and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda is a prime example. Located in the Nakasongola district less than 180 kilometers from Kampala, it is a safe and secure destination where the continued existence of these precious animals are taken care of.
An army of more than 75 park rangers and security guards protect the rhinos 24 hours a day within the confines of the sanctuary that is surrounded by an electric fence. Here there are breeding programs from where the new rhinos are slowly re-introduced into the rest of the country’s national parks.
There are a handful of other wildlife species that can be found within the 70 square kilometers of the sanctuary including at least 40 different species of mammals and reptiles as well as a variety of birds.
The sanctuary is situated 170 kilometers north of Kampala and just 4 kilometers off the Gulu highway.
There are 22 white rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary that can be observed at close quarters with an expert guide.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rhino Fund Uganda and a private land management company are responsible for the running of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Together these parties make sure that all the inhabitants of this natural haven are protected. That is at least 40 mammal and reptilian species like monkeys, antelopes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and numerous bird species.
The dry weather between June and August and again from December to February is the optimum time to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Tracking and observing the rhinos at close quarters usually takes place early morning or later in the afternoon.
There are 22 white rhinos that can be observed at close quarters with an expert guide. Other tourist activities include nature walks during the day and at night, bird watching and canoe rides.
There are guest houses with private facilities, budget rooms with share facilities as well as camp sites available at the sanctuary. The use of hydro electric power and solar provide hot water and electricity.