About Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
In 2002, Rhino Fund Uganda and Ziwa Ranchers Ltd, entered into a lease agreement on seventy square kilometers of land which would become Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The first rhinos arrived at the sanctuary in July 2005, from Solio Ranch in Kenya. These four southern white rhinos, Taleo, Moja, Bella, and Kori, were donated by the European Union in support of the rhino project.
Today, with much effort and support, Rhino Fund Uganda is working to reintroduce the rhinoceros to its native lands and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The sanctuaries long term goal is to build a sustainable rhino population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda's protected areas.
Visiting the Sanctuary
|The 70 square kilometre sanctuary is conveniently located 176 km north of Kampala on the Gulu Highway toward Murchison Falls.
One of their trained rangers will meet you upon arrival and give you an introduction to the sanctuary and some information about the rhinos. Depending on where the rhinos happen to be when you arrive, you will drive to the closest location and then approach the rhinos on foot.
You will then have an opportunity to observe the rhinos in their habitat at a very close, and very safe, distance. Guests inevitably find that the experience was better than they had imagined. The animals are magnificent and the opportunity to see them up close is truly one not to be missed! The tracking excursion lasts on average between 1-2 hours.
Visitors can come for a few hours, overnight or for a few days. The sanctuary is currently in process of becoming a game reserve, in which rhinos and other species of wildlife can be encountered, highlighting Uganda’s unique biodiversity and emphasizing the importance of conserving it. There are over 20 species of mammals already living in the sanctuary and their numbers are increasing as well as an extensive variety of birds.
The sanctuary offers guesthouses, backpacker rooms, and camping options for overnight accommodation. It also has a restaurant and full bar that will keep you well cared for during your stay.
Booking a Visit
- Bookings can be made direct with the sanctuary or through their Kampala booking office:
All About Uganda
Lower Ground Basement Floor
Nakumatt Oasis Mall
Yusuf Lule Rd
Tel: +256 (0)794 842632
- It is recommended that all trips be booked in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment.
- Receipt must accompany you to the sanctuary for any payments made in advance to the Kampala office.
About Rhino Fund Uganda
|Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was established in 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to fulfill the following objectives and functions:
RFU is a registered charity and graciously accepts donations as tax-deductible gifts.
- To promote the reintroduction of rhinoceros to protected areas within Uganda;
- To promote breeding programs to ensure the long term viability of reintroduced rhinoceros populations in Uganda;
- To establish programs in conjunction with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), district governments and local communities to ensure the protection of the rhinoceros populations from poaching;
- To conduct education programs about the endangered rhinoceros;
- To build national support for the protection of rhinoceros populations in Uganda;
- To conduct fund raising campaigns and generate funds in support of translocation, protection, and management of the reintroduced rhinoceros populations.
How can you help?
- Visit ! Go and see them, stay with them, visit the rhinos, and shop in the craft shop.
- Join ! Become a member of the sanctuary. The members program has several different categories of membership, each with varying privileges attached.
Individual memberships are US$50 per year, family memberships are US$100 per year, and corporate sponsorship is available on request.
- Contribute! For US$100 you can fund one of the education workshops. Transportation, handouts, and food for one group of school children are covered with these funds.
- Sponsor! For US$200 per month you can sponsor one of the rangers. This will cover their salary and health insurance.
- Adopt! For US$3000 per year you can adopt your very own rhino and RFU will send you photos and regular updates of your rhino.
- Volunteer ! RFU always has needs for specific volunteer projects, both on site at the sanctuary or remotely. Recent projects have included restaurant remodelling, website design, education program assistance, brochure layout and printing, etc. The options are endless.
- Donate ! Funds from donations are used to further the project goals and specifically to bring additional rhinos to the sanctuary and facilitate their outreach programs.
- Ask ! Contact the executive director, Angie Genade, who would be happy to talk with about ways in which you can get involved.
- Share ! And when you have done that tell your friends, colleagues, and especially people travelling in Uganda, or in the travel industry about the work they are doing.