Located along the way to Murchison falls National Park. The Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary is indeed a proud harbor of Uganda’s wild endangered rhinos. It is certainly the only place where you can track rhinos on foot and this activity is closely watched by security and in presence of a guide to avoid repetition of history. In the early 80’swhen there was massive killing and poaching, leading to the extinction of the rhinos in 1983. Subsequently, in 2005, the rhino fund Uganda was started and it re introduced rhinos in Uganda. They started with 6 rhinos and now harbors up to 19rhinoceros. The sanctuary has about 78 skilled park rangers and it works hand in hand with Uganda Wildlife Authority. It covers about 70 square kilometers and is a three hours’ drive from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Besides the Rhinos in Uganda, the Ziwa rhino sanctuary also harbors a number of bird species and plenty of reptiles, antelope species, crocodiles, monkeys etc
In company of a skilled park ranger and involves searching for rhinos and watching them up close (6-7meters) and or at a safer distance. You can watch the rhinos feed in their habitat. Meanwhile this is usually done on foot.
Alltogether the sanctuary is also home to over 350bird species. So birders can choose to have a full day or half day of birding. Guided by experienced bird guides as they spot different bird species like the blue spotted dove among others. The birding experts have described this as a birding hotspot as well.
This can take half or full day as you hike through the sanctuary to spot different animals, birds and more.
Therefore a tourist interested in all these activities will have to stay overnight. Worry not, there is plenty of accommodation to suit your tastes and various places to eat from, in accordance to your preference. Staying a night over here gives you a chance to explore all the activities here.