A Rhino Tracking safari at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the best way to come up close and personal with white rhinos, from a safe distance in their natural environment. Seeing these beautiful rhinos which are on the list of the big five is an unforgettable experience.Rhino tracking activity gives you a chance to see rhinos on foot, and it is easily accessible on your way to Murchison Falls National park and can be combined with a wildlife and boat safari in the park thus offering travellers a chance to see all the big five animals in a short wildlife and rhino tracking safari. The activity is guided by armed ranger guides, who explain to you the nature, facts and behaviours of these awesome rhinos, and other animals and birds around the sanctuary.
Both black and white rhinos were once living freely in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park but got extinct from the wild during the Idi Amin political era due to wide spread poaching in and around the national park.
In 1998, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a 70 square kilometre sanctuary was founded by Rhino Fund Uganda with an aim of reintroducing black and white rhinos into Uganda. They carry out a breeding programme. So far the programme is successful and many rhino babies have been born from the sanctuary. It started with 6 rhinos but has grown to about 21 rhinos
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary employs a good number of armed rangers (about 78) who are well trained and their main job is the safety and security of the rhinos. They monitor these rhinos 24/7and the data is always collected.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary’s mission is to create a safe environment where rhinos can multiply and be conserved for future generations. A conservation, education and community empowerment program has been initiated to inform Ugandans and visitors about the rhinos and ensure they remain part of Uganda’s rich cultural heritage long into the future, and works closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Ziwa Ranchers Limited.
Other animals at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
The sanctuary is a habitat to a good number of bird species, reptiles, and 40 mammal species that include antelopes, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys among others.
Guests can go for bird watching and nature walks too after the tracking but a night over at Amuka Safari Lodge is recommended which has tented cottages, delicious food and a swimming pool.
2019 prices for Rhino Tracking
- Adult (Non-Resident) USD 50
- Adult (East-African Resident) USD 40
- Adult (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 30,000
- Child (Non-Resident) USD 25
- Child (East African Resident) USD 20
- Child (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 10,000
ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES
Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride; Night Walk; Aardvark and Pangolin Walk; Birding Walk and; Guided Nature Walk
- Adult (Non-Resident) USD 35
- Adult (East African Resident) USD 30
- Adult (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 25 000
- Child (Non-Resident) USD 18
- Child (East African Resident) USD 15
- Child (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 10 000
Rhino tracking combined with any other activity
- Adult (Non-Resident) USD 75
- Adult (East-African Resident) USD 60
- Adult (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 50 000
- Child (Non-Resident) USD 38
- Child (East African Resident) USD 30
- Child (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 20,000
Rhino tracking combined any two activities
- Adult (Non-Resident) USD 100
- Adult (East-African Resident) USD 80
- Adult (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 70,000
- Child (Non-Resident) USD 50
- Child (East African Resident) USD 40
- Child (Ugandan Citizen) UGX 30,000
What to bring for Rhino tracking
- Closed shoes
- Long pants and
- Mosquito repellent is a must
Suggest itineraries with Rhino Tracking safari
- 1 Day Ziwa Rhino trekking
- 2 Day Luxury safari to Murchison
- 3 Day safari to Murchison Falls with En route rhino tracking