Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is situated in Nakasongola district. It’s a famous home for only wild rhinos in Uganda. It’s a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The sanctuary is conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma Trading centre). Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild while on a safari in Uganda. While at Ziwa Rhino and wildlife Ranch Sanctuary, below are some of the tourist activities:
Rhino Trekking – Free to roam across the savannah, acacia woodlands and cool muddy swamps, Uganda’s only rhinos spend their day grazing on the thick shrubbery or resting under the shade of tall trees. The well trained and knowledgeable guides always lead the group to see Rhinos and offers security to the guests.
Although you can choose to do a rhino trek at any time of the day, the best time to go is between 8 am and 10 am and 4 pm and 6 pm. Make sure you wear comfortable closed shoes, long trousers, and bring plenty of water.
Shoebill Stork and Canoe ride – At first glance, shoebill stalks have a goofy charm due to their Dutch Clog-esque foot-long bill. Despite first impressions, this stork is an unassuming predator known to feast on baby crocodiles, big fish like tilapia and Nile monitor lizards. Head out on an early morning canoe ride in the adjacent swamp, to see this prehistoric looking bird and enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Lugogo Swamp.
Bird watching – Those who love birds, Ziwa is an option. For those keen on bird watching, there are four different trails to choose from which take you across the savannah, woodlands or swamps, each a habitat to the various species of bird that live here. Early morning between 6am and 8 am and evening between 4pm and 6 pm are the best time for birding at Ziwa Rhino and wildlife Ranch sanctuary.
Nocturnal Walks – Ziwa is home to many nocturnal animals and some few nocturnal birds like owl. Nocturnal animals like Leopards, bushbabies and so on are so active at night but shy during day. You can target them between 8 pm and 11 pm. During these nature walks you will be accompanied by a ranger to offer you security and knowledge about the flora and fauna present in the sanctuary.
Nature walks often take between one and three hours and can be quite physically demanding. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes, long trousers, insect repellent, a torch and bottled water.