Friday, 18 October 2013

Visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the Southern White Rhinos

Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 The function was to oversee and guide the implementation and management of the RFU to achieve its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. In essence its purpose has been to return a vital aspect of environmental and cultural heritage to the Ugandan context. This was seen to be an inextricably important ecological link returned following the violent demise of the species by 1982.
Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands, which is privately owned by Captain Joe Roy, a citizen of Uganda. A land usage license was agreed on between Rhino Fund Uganda and Captain Roy, giving Rhino Fund Uganda sole usage rights for a period of thirty (renewable) years. The first six rhinos were introduced to this habitat during 2005/2006.

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch located in Nakasongola district is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma trading centre). Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild while in Uganda.

Presently the sanctuary is home to twelve (12) southern white rhinos – six (6) Adults, three (3) adolescents and three (3) babies. Two of the adult females are also expected to give birth next year. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.

Enter the territory of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary's rhinos on foot.  Rhino Fund Uganda has well  trained and informed guides that will guide you through the bush to where the rhino are on the day of your visit.  Your guide is there to keep you safe from harm so listening to the safety briefing he gives you is very important.  You will get the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures doing what rhino do in their natural habitat.  As these rhino are free to move around on 7000ha of land, it is more often than not necessary to drive to the area that the rhino are in before taking the bush walk.  This activity is a once in a lifetime opportunity and should not be missed !
Best times for this activity    :  08H00 to 11H00 or 16H00 to 18H00 (rhino can be lazy when it is hot)

How much time you need    :  Depending on where the rhino are on the day you visit  1 - 2 hours

What you need                       :  Closed shoes, long pants and insect repellent

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Nakasongola

Itineraries that will take you through Ziwa.

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