Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Reopens To Tourists
Disagreements between the Rhino fund Uganda, UWA, and the owner of the land occupied by Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary led to the closure of this protected area in April. After negotiations, responsible authorities have decided to open this place again for tourists.
It is now under the hands of the Uganda Wildlife Authority in collaboration with Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches. You are free to visit it and do the Rhino tracking.
Nothing has changed except management. Located in the Nakasongola district, this Sanctuary is the only place to go for these wild animals in Uganda.
It was established in 2005 mainly to reintroduce the Rhinoceros back to Uganda. Rhinos were typical residents but phased out due to some unfavorable factors that included civil wars, poaching, limited pastures, and severe diseases.
Right now Ziwa is home to over 32 White Rhinos. The first batch of these animals came from Solio lunch in Kenya and others were donated by Disney kingdom of animals in the USA.
Adding to the Rhinos, this place provides shelter to wildlife species like birds, reptiles, insects, some antelopes, and more.
From Kampala, it takes not more than three hours to reach this thrilling spot. Besides tracking the Rhinos, this area is ideal for anyone who needs to enjoy other activities like bird watching, canoe rides, guided nature walks to name but a few.
Since it’s a major habitat for one of the African big fives, it is rare to find most Uganda game viewing tour packages without this Sanctuary.
Most operators consider it as the first stop for a Safari to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest park in Uganda.
After Ziwa tourists proceed to the Northern side of the park for spectacular views of animals such as elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, bush-bucks, and other antelopes.
The southern side treats you with a hike to the top of the cascading falls. The view here, serenity, and the feeling are just exceptional.