Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino in the wild. The sanctuary is part of the effort by Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority to rebuild the Rhinoceros population in Uganda. Uganda was once home to thousands of rhino but prolonged civil war and poaching in the 1970s and 80 take its toll and in 1982, the last rhino living in the wild was killed.
Rhinos are classified as threatened animals, with only 5 remaining species, two of which reside in Africa, and the other three in Asia. In 2005, 4 southern white rhinos were introduced from the Solio ranch in Kenya and an additional 2 from the Disney Animal Kingdom in Florida, USA. Today the sanctuary boasts 33 rhinos.
Rhino Trekking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is an incredible way to get up close to the 33 Southern White Rhinos ( April 2021 ) that are currently live here. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is around 70 square kilometers and the Rhinos have 24hr armed protected from poachers. Rhino Trekking can be done at any time of the day but it is recommended during the morning or late afternoon as the Rhinos are more active when there is less heat. ( 08.00 - 10.00 or 16.00 - 18.00 ). The trek itself will last anywhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on where the Rhinos are and it is advisable to have some drinking water, a hat and insect repellent.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is also a great place for Birdwatching in Uganda. The swamp and savannah landscape are home to a great variety or birds. The draw card to the are is still the Shoebill Stork although sightings here are not as good are in other parts of Uganda. To get the best out of this activity you really need to be ready to head out at 06.00. Your first stop will be Lugogo Swamp where you can walk on the edge of the swamp looking for birds such as:
Saddle Bill Stork
Pin Tailed Whydah
After this there a short drive to a canoe point where you hop into the canoe in search of more birds. The Sanctuary is also home to the White Headed Turaco which you can hear calling at various times in the day.