Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a private, non-profit and animal sanctuary in Uganda located approximately 180 kilometers by road, north of Kampala- Uganda’s capital and largest city. It’s found near Nakitoma Village, Nakasongola District in the Kafu River Basin off the Kampala-Gulu Highway.

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. Currently, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only location in Uganda where rhinos can be observed in their natural habitat.

The sanctuary sits on 70 square kilometers and is surrounded by a 2 metres electric fence to keep the rhinos in and the intruders out with a team of about 78 park rangers and security guards keeping a 24-hour watch on the rhinos to ensure their safety.

The sanctuary is home to at least 22 Rhinos together with other mammals and reptilian species including monkeys, antelopes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and numerous bird species.

Tourist facilities at the sanctuary include a safari lodge, guest house and camp grounds. There are several tourist activities conducted at this sanctuary and they include; on- foot rhino tracking, birding, canoe rides as well as nature walks.