Rhino tracking – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of Uganda

Posted by on October 26, 2020

Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & Wildlife Ranch – Rhino Trekking on Foot

The Best Things to Do and See in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife ranch


Rhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of UgandaThings to do in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:  Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch are halfway to or from Murchison Falls Park from Kampala. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is home to Uganda’s Rhinos in the Wild. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is where the Ugandan Rhino re-introduction project takes place.  The project is overseen and managed by the Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

 Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinoceros in the wild of Uganda. With the birth of Baby Rhoda in August 2020, there are now 31 White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch.

Presently the sanctuary is home to thirty-two (32) southern white rhinos. The Sanctuary experienced a baby boom in August of 2020 when Jamali and Roda were born.

The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists who visit for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk, and Relaxation while staying at Amuka Lodge.


 Things to Do and See – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Best and only Place to see Rhinos in the Wild in Uganda:


Rhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of Uganda Rhino Tracking on Foot:

Ziwa Rhinoceros Sanctuary is where you can track the southern white rhinos on foot. Well-trained Uganda Wildlife Rangers will guide you to where the rhinos are on the day of your visit.

You can watch these endangered, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. As these rhinos are free to move around on 7,000 hectares of land, it is often necessary to drive to the rhinos’ areas before taking the bush trek. This drive is done in your Kabiza Wilderness Safari Vehicle,

While at the sanctuary, you may also encounter a range of other wildlife species, including Uganda kobs, oribis, bushbucks, waterbucks, among others, and many other bird species.

This activity is a once in a lifetime opportunity and should not be missed!

Your guide is there to keep you safe from harm, so listening to the safety briefing he gives you is particularly important.

How much time you need: 1½ to 2½ hours (depends on the location of rhinos)

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

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – the best and only place to track and see Rhinoceros in Uganda


In Search of the Shoebill Stork in Lugogo Swamp:Rhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of Uganda

One of the most sought-after birds to be seen in Africa, in Uganda, is the shoebill stork. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch are only places where you are always almost guaranteed to see the shoebill storks. The most sightings of the stork have been eleven on one canoe ride in Lugogo Swamp.

An early morning (6:00 am) shoebill trek and canoe ride through Lugogo Swamp allows you to find the shoebill and see the beautiful Ugandan sunrise over Lugogo Swamp.

Waterbirds are plentiful, and this activity is necessary for anyone who loves nature or is interested in birding.

As this activity is so early in the morning, you must stay the night at Amuka Lodge as you cannot enter the sanctuary before 07H30.

How much time you need: 4 hours

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


Birding Walks:Rhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of Uganda

The sanctuary contains over three hundred bird species! Four bird trails within the sanctuary cover woodlands, swamp, and savannah. The birding guides are excellent, and this is an activity that cannot be missed by bird lovers. You will get to see some of the other wildlife on the sanctuary while doing your bird walk.

The Sanctuary has become a favorite with Birders visiting Uganda.  Birding is often overlooked but not to be missed activity at Ziwa Sanctuary.

Spend a night or two at Amuka Lodge and enjoy the array of feathered friends that can be seen on a Birding Walk at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch.

How much time you need:  at least two hours mornings or late afternoon

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

The Sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch is one of the best Birding Locations in Uganda.

  • Abdim’s Stork
  • Blue-spotted dove
  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • Booted eagle
  • African Black Crake
  • Broad-billed Roller
  • African Black-headed Oriole
  • Bronze Manikini
  • African Blue Flycatcher
  • Brown-backed Srub Robin
  • African Broad Bill
  • Brown-crowned Tchagra
  • African Citril
  • Brown Parrot
  • African Crowned Eagle
  • Brown-throated Wattle-eye
  • African Darter
  • Buff-spotted Flufftail
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • African Golden-breasted Bunting
  • Cattle Egret
  • African Golden Oriole
  • Chinspot Batis
  • African Goshawk
  • Common Bulbul
  • African Green Pigeon
  • Common Chat
  • African Grey (domestic)
  • Common Fiscal Shrike
  • African Grey Hornbill
  • Common Greenhawk
  • African Hawk-Eagle
  • Common House Martin
  • African Hoopoe
  • Common Kestrel
  • African Jacana
  • Common Ringed Plover
  • African Marsh Harrier
  • Common Waxbill
  • African Morning Dove
  • Coqui Francolin
  • African Open-billed Stork
  • Crested Francolin
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • African Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Dark-caped Yellow Warbler
  • African Scop’s Owl
  • Double-toothed Barbet
  • Augur Buzzard
  • Dusky Tit
  • Bare-faced Go-away Bird
  • Eastern Grey Plantain Eater
  • Barn Swallow
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Barred Warbler
  • Emerald-spotted Wood Dove
  • Bat Hawk
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Bateleur
  • Eurasian Nightjar
  • Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher
  • European Bee-eater
  • Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill
  • Fan-tailed Widow Bird
  • Black-and-white Cuckoo
  • Flappet Lark
  • Black-and-white Manikini
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • Foxes Weaver
  • Black-crowned Tchagra
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Black-crowned Waxbill
  • Goliath Heron
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Grassland Pipit
  • Black-headed Gonolek
  • Great Blue Turaco
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Black-headed Weaver
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Black Kite
  • Great Sparrow Hawk
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Greater Blue-eared Starling
  • Black-winged Bishop
  • Greater Honey Guide
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Green Crombec
  • Blue-breasted Kingfisher
  • Green-Wood Hoopoe
  • Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
  • Grey-backed Camaroptera
  • Blue-naped Mouse Bird
  • Grey-backed Fiscal Shrike

 

  • Red-headed Weaver
  • Red-knobbed Coot
  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • Red-throated Wryneck
  • Red-winged Starling
  • Red-necked Falcon
  • Ring-necked Dove
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • Ruff
  • Rufus-billed Heron
  • Rupell’s Long-tailed Starling
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Sand Martin
  • Scaly-throated Honey Guide
  • Scarlet-chested Sunbird
  • Sedge Warbler
  • Semi-colored Flycatcher
  • Senegal Coucal
  • Shikra
  • Shoebill Stork
  • Soot Chat
  • Sooty Falcon
  • Speckled Pigeon
  • Speckled Mouse Bird
  • Speckled Weaver
  • Spotted Eagle Owl
  • Spur-winged Lapwing
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Standard-winged Nightjar
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Sulphur-breasted Bush-Shrike
  • Superb Starling
  • Tambourine Dove
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • Thick-billed Honey Guide
  • Tree Pipit
  • Variable Sunbird
  • Village Indigobird
  • Vinaceous Dove
  • Violet-tipped Courser
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • Wattled Lapwing
  • Western Banded Snake Eagle
  • Western Black-headed Oriole
  • White-backed Night Heron
  • White-bellied Tit
  • White-browed Coucal
  • White-browed Robin-Chat
  • White-browed Srub Robin
  • White-chinned Prinia
  • White-crested Turaco
  • White-faced Scop’s Owl
  • White-faced Whistling Duck
  • White-fronted Bee-eater
  • White-headed Barbet
  • White-headed Mouse Bird
  • White-headed Saw Wing
  • White-rumped Swift
  • White Stork
  • White-winged Tern
  • Willow Warbler
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Woodland Kingfisher
  • Woolly-necked Stork
  • Yellow-backed Weaver
  • Yellow-billed Shrike
  • Yellow-billed Stork
  • Yellow-breasted Apalis
  • Yellow-fronted Canary
  • Yellow-rumped Tinker Bird
  • Yellow-throated Longclaw
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Eurasian Nightjar
  • Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher
  • European Bee-eater
  • Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill
  • Fan-tailed Widow Bird
  • Black-and-white Cuckoo
  • Flappet Lark
  • Black-and-white Manikini
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • Foxes Weaver
  • Black-crowned Tchagra
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Black-crowned Waxbill
  • Goliath Heron
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Grassland Pipit
  • Black-headed Gonolek
  • Great Blue Turaco
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Black-headed Weaver
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Black Kite
  • Great Sparrow Hawk
  • Black-shouldered Kite

 

  • Grey-crowned Crane
  • Piapiac
  • Grey-headed Kingfisher
  • Pied Crow
  • Grey-headed Sparrow
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Grey Heron
  • Pin-tailed whydah
  • Grey Kestrel
  • Pin-tailed whydah
  • Grey Woodpecker
  • Plain Martin
  • Hadada Ibis
  • Purple Heron
  • Hammerkop
  • Puvel’s Illadopsis
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Red-billed Fire Finch
  • Heuglin’s Francolin
  • Re Red-chested Cuckoo
  • d-cheeked Cordon-bleu
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Red-eyed Dove
  • Isabelline Shrike
  • Red-faced Crombec
  • Klass’s Cuckoo
  • Red-headed Bluebill
  • Knob-bellied Duck
  • Red-headed Bluebill
  • Large Brown Snake Eagle
  • Red-headed Malimbe
  • Laughing Dove
  • Red-headed Malimbe
  • Lemon Dove
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Lesser Blue-eared Starling
  • Lesser Honey Guide
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Lesser Masked Weaver
  • Lesser Striped Swallow
  • Levaillant’s Cuckoo
  • Little Bittern
  • Little Egret
  • Little Grebe
  • Little Sparrow Hawk
  • Little Swift
  • Little Weaver
  • Lizard Buzzard
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Long-tailed Cormorant
  • Long-toed Lapwing
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Marabou Stork
  • Marico Sunbird
  • Martial Eagle
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Northern Black Flycatcher
  • Northern Carmine Bee-eater
  • Northern Wheater
  • Nubian Woodpecker
  • Olive Sunbird
  • Pallid Harrier


Rhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of UgandaGuided Nature Walks:

You can spend the day hiking in the sanctuary’s wilderness, encountering bushbuck, gray 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.

Be at one with nature and its sounds and smells. One of the well-trained guides will take you on a walk through our lush bush. Who knows what you will see, the sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals, birds, and reptiles, and wildlife.

The guide will share his knowledge of not only the animals but botany and vegetation as well.

African Nature walks are informative, and those who participate find them a learning experience.

Recommended times: Early mornings and late afternoon.

How much time you need: Two to three hours

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


Guided Nocturnal WalksRhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of Uganda

The guided night walk will introduce you to the African night sounds.  You will sense things that you did not know existed.  This is an experience you cannot exclude from your activities in the sanctuary.

There are many nocturnal animals, and who knows what you might bump into from leopards to warthogs and anything in between. Another rewarding experience that you will find only at Ziwa.

This is the only night walk on the Savannah in Uganda.  Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers guide it inside of the 7200-hectare sanctuary.

Recommended times: from eight to eleven pm.

How much time you need: 2½ hours

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

This is one of your Safaris, unforgettable experiences.


Rhino tracking - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary-Home to the Rhinos of UgandaAmuka Safari Lodge:

Spend a day or stay overnight at Amuka Lodge at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – a destination off the map for most, but put it on yours. If you are going to Murchison Falls Park it Ziwa gives you the possibility to see all the Big 5 animals and more.

Amuka Lodge is known for giving visitors a comfortable stay in one of their tented cottages.  There is also a swimming pool for you to enjoy while staying here.

The Food at Amuka Safari Lodge is some of the best you will have while on a Safari in Uganda.

Amuka Lodge is the only lodge in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary that qualifies as an upper midrange or lower upmarket lodge.

An overnight stay cuts down the drivetime to Kampala from Murchison Falls, or it is also a terrific location for an overnight on the way to or from Kidepo Valley Park.


Your visit is for a worthy cause since all fees support the Rhino Fund Uganda – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – a rare opportunity to see Rhinos up close.


If you like to include the Things to Do and See – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in your Safari, please let us know.

Jon Blanc