Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch are located in the Nakasongola district and the only home to wild rhino tracking in Uganda. The rhinos in the ranch are thriving as part of the Rhino re-introduction project by Rhino Fund Uganda and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Being the only ranch that inhabits rhinos in Uganda, it comes in handy for rhino tracking in Uganda. The Ziwa Rhino and wildlife ranch is conveniently located just 176km (100 miles) from Kampala, Uganda’s capital on the Gulu highway.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is currently home to 22 southern white rhinos. This is the only place in Uganda to see rhinos in the wild which is part of the big five games.
Tourists who visit the ranch can also undertake other activities like shoebill trek, canoe ride, bird watching, night walk, nature walk, or just have a perfect relaxation moment.
Rhino tracking in Uganda is such a relaxing and family-friendly activity where individuals enter the home of the southern white rhinos on foot. Tracking can be done along with children above 6 years of age. The activity is guided by well-trained ranger guides who take individuals through the home of the rhinos.
After briefing and entering the rhino habitat, individuals will get the opportunity to watch the endangered, magnificent creatures. The rhinos move freely through the 7000 hectares of land. From the reception, it is common to be driven by car until where the rhinos are before starting the bush trek.
The rhino habitat also inhabits other wildlife species and it is possible to spot wildlife like the Uganda kobs, oribis, waterbucks, bushbucks, among others. Several bird species can also be seen at the sanctuary.
The amount of time needed for rhino tracking is about 1 h 30 min and 2 h 30 min depending on where the rhinos are spending their day.
This makes it ideal to go rhino tracking in Uganda on just a 1-day tour. The recommended time for visiting the rhinos is from 08:00h to 10:00h in the morning or from 16:00h to 18:00h in the evening.
Requirements for the trek include a permit, closed shoes, long pats, water, and insect repellent.
The 1-day rhino tracking tour Uganda starts from Kampala at a place of residence with pickup by your Uganda safari guide. The drive continues to the sanctuary taking about 2h 30 min. On arrival at the sanctuary, you go rhino tracking for about 2 hours or more. After rhino tracking, you will have lunch at a preferred hotel either at the sanctuary or in Masindi. After lunch, you are driven back to Kampala marking the end of the tour.
Located halfway between Kampala and Murchison Falls National Park, including rhino tracking on the popular 3 days Murchison Falls Safari. To have a complete big five game safari in Uganda, you can also tailor rhino tracking in Ziwa with a wildlife tour to Kidepo Valley National Park or Queen Elizabeth National Park which are habitats to the big four alongside Murchison Falls Park.
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