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Rhino Trekking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Rhino Trekking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

The sanctuary is proud to be the only area in Uganda where rhinos may be discovered in their native habitat and is located in the Nakasongola district, just 180km from Kampala. A lifted 4×4 is recommended for the dirt road that leads from the main road to the sanctuary, which is a bit rocky.

Rhino Fund Uganda and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) established the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in 2005 with the intention of addressing the rhinos’ predicament and ensuring their safety in preparation for their ultimate release back into the wild. The duties of the more than 70 park rangers include helping visitors locate the rhinos during tracking and ensuring the rhinos’ overall safety and well-being. Unlike other common game drives, rhino tracking is done on foot and takes one to two hours, depending on the rhinos’ position.

You will have the chance to witness these amazing, endangered animals in their native environment. Since these rhinos roam freely over 7,000 hectares of land, it is frequently essential to drive to the rhino viewing sites prior to beginning the bush walk. You can drive your own car for this drive, or you can hire a car and driver from Rhino Fund Uganda; simply inquire about the fee at the front desk. Along with a variety of bird species, you might come across a number of other animal species at the sanctuary, such as Uganda kobs, oribis, bush bucks, and water bucks.

A guided nature walk through the Savannah is also a wonderful experience. The sanctuary’s sights and noises are enlightening; it is home to mammals, birds, and reptiles. The guide imparts information about the 70 acres’ plants and animals. A guided stroll typically lasts two hours. There are about 1,062 known bird species in Uganda. The birdlife of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is approximately 300 species.

The savannah, forests, and wetlands are all covered by the bird routes in the sanctuary. If visitors stay at Amuka Lodge for at least two nights, bird watching is optimal. The bird guides are great for crossing species off the list. A day’s work for the activity takes two hours. It is necessary to have closed shoes, long trousers, water and bug repellent for the tracking exercise.

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