Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda


Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda and is located in Nakasongola. The Rhino reintroduction is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority. The sanctuary offers a secure place where rhino populations can be expanded by breeding, protected from human and non-human predators and gradually re-introduced into Uganda’s national parks, while at the same time, allowing the public to enjoy these majestic animals

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is conveniently located 176km north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls. It is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild. The sanctuary is home to fifteen (15) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and holiday relaxation. The sanctuary is home to at least 40 mammal and reptilian species including monkeys, antelopes, hippopotami, crocodiles and numerous bird species.


Both the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), are [indigenous] to Uganda. However, due to a number of factors, including prolonged armed human conflict, poaching and the mismanagement of their natural habitat, by 1982, both species had been wiped out in the country. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established in 2005 to reintroduce the southern white rhinoceros to Uganda. The long-term goal of the sanctuary is to “build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas”. As of January 2010, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only location in Uganda, where rhinos can be observed in their natural habitat.

Starting with a total of six animals, four that were bought from Solio Ranch in Kenya and two donated from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, in the United States, the rhino population had grown to thirteen as of June 2013. Following the birth of another calf in April 2014 to date, the total rhino population at Ziwa Ranch rose to 30.

Activity Highlights

  • Rhino trekking
  • Bird watching
  • Nature walks
  • Holiday relaxation
  • Tourism & Activities on the Sanctuary

Rhino Tracking on Foot:

A Big 5 Uganda Savanna safari is only complete when you include Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to Murchison Falls National Park itinerary. That, any safari expert will tell you. Murchison has the other 4 big game, African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and Ziwa sanctuary completes the list with the Rhinoceros. Guided by rangers you get to track the rhinos on foot, a rare opportunity that is also safe in Africa. Within every 6 to 7 meters,you will spot the Rhinos allowing you some great photo opportunities of the massive, endangered animals at Ziwa Sanctuary in northern Uganda.


An option of taking a half or full day birding hike, and explore the sanctuary known for its Rhino’s but is also home of 350 bird species found in the sanctuary. Birds that you might encounter include much sought after species in Africa; Shoebill Stork, White Crested Turaco, the Giant Kingfisher, and the Speckled breasted Woodpecker. Birding can be done by boat or you can take some guided walks that are from half-day to full-day in length.

Nature Walks:

Hiking in the wilderness of the sanctuary encountering bushbuck, grey duiker, oribi, waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, mongoose, ground squirrels, vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus, and various reptiles such as large monitor lizards, butterflies and interesting insects.


Amuka Safari Lodge, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda

Amuka Lodge at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Lodge is known for giving visitors a comfortable stay in one of their tented cottages.A destination off of the map for most but put it on yours and if you are going to Murchison Falls Park it Ziwa gives you the possibility to see all the Big 5 animals and more with a swimming pool to you enjoy while staying here.

Quick Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Facts

Size: 70 square kilometres (27 sq mi)
Location: The sanctuary is located approximately 180 kilometres (110 mi), by road, north of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. This location is near Nakitoma Village, Nakasongola District, in the Kafu River Basin, off the Kampala-Gulu Highway.
Desc: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a private, non-profit, animal sanctuary in Uganda.
Areas of interest: Murchison Falls National Park for the other 4 big five.
When to Visit: December to February and June to July is the best time to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – during the dry season. However, you may also see some of the rarest bird species.

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