2 Days Rhino Tracking Tour in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda
Keen at Rhinoceros conservation, the 2 Days Rhino Tracking Tour in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary introduces you to the endangered White Rhinos in their natural habitat.
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife ranch is the sole home of the southern white rhinos in the wild and every trip to the sanctuary is a contribution to the conservation of these endangered creatures that were re-introduced in Uganda in 2001 and 2006.
This 2 days Rhino Tracking Tour in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary involves other amazing adventures such as shoebill trekking and canoe riding, nature walk, birding and view of the milky way.
Highlights of the 2 days Ziwa Rhino Tracking Tour
- Day 1: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Rhino Tracking and campfire.
- Day 2: Shoebill trekking, Canoe riding, nature walk and bird watching.
Detailed Itinerary for 2 days Ziwa Rhino Tracking Tour
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Just like any other short Uganda safari, we start our journey early in the morning so as to reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in time and catch up with the planned activities. Our tour guide/driver will pick you from your hotel or Airport at around 08 HRs and drive you straight to the Sanctuary.
You are most likely to reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary during lunch hours, therefore, you will check in, have lunch while waiting for the evening shift of trekking the magnificent white rhinos usually from 16HRs to 18HRs.
At around 15H:30, you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts before setting a foot on the ranch for rhino tracking. Accompanied by the well-trained rangers, you will enter the territory of the southern white rhinos, tracking them where ever they could be then.
Since the sanctuary is thousands of hectares big, a vehicle can be used to drive closer to where rhinos are to ease your trek.
While tracking the rhinos on the 1st day of the 2 days Rhino Tracking Tour, there is a possibility of spotting other mammals that also inhabit in the sanctuary. These include among others, bush bucks, the Uganda kobs, water bucks, oribis and Hartebeests.
Return to your lodge or camping site for the dinner and overnight. At night, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary take you to the skies as you will be able to see the milky way from your lodge. There is also camp fire at night.
Accommodation Options at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Luxury: Amuka Safari Lodge
- Midrange: Ziwa Guesthouse
- Budget: Ziwa Rhino Camp
Travel Time: 5 hrs., Activity Time; 11/2 to 21/2 hours.
Day 2: Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride
To catch the worm, we shall be up by the dawn on our day 2 of the 2 days Rhino Tracking Tour and head to Lugogo Swamp for shoebill trekking. You will ride in a canoe to view the whale-headed birds, shoebills nests in wetlands (swamps) as they feed on lungfishes, frogs and other creatures living in swamps.
This early morning canoes ride gives opportunity to view shoebills in the swamp and a colorful sunrise over the Lugogo swamp of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda. The swamp is rich in nature and is also a home to plenty of water birds.
It is recommended to sleep with in the sanctuary as gates are opened at 07H:30 yet this activity is best done early in the morning.
Approximately 4hrs are spent on shoebill trekking and canoe riding at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
You will there after go for a guided nature walk where you watch hundreds of birds, small wild animals and some primates such as the black and white colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys.
Head ack to your lodge for lunch and check out before driving back to Kampala or Entebbe airport. This will mark the end of your 2 days Rhino Tracking Tour.
Note: for a smooth experience, you need to carry drinking water, wear closed shoes and long pants, insect repellent and also a camera (no flash) to capture moments.
2 days Rhino Tracking Tour Includes;
- Transportation in a private vehicle.
- Accommodation for 1 night
- Park Entrance fees
- Fees for all activities mentioned
- English speaking guide
- Food as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water
- French or German speaking Guide on request
- Accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe except when asked to book on your behalf
- Beverages not served with food such as alcoholics drinks
- Any other activity at the sanctuary not included in the itinerary
- Money for tips, buying souvenirs and laundry
- Visa entry fees and flight fees.
About Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a 7000-hectare rhino and wildlife ranch located in Nakasongola district of Uganda. It was established with the aim of re-introducing the endangered white rhinos that had gone extinct in Uganda due to poaching activities that happened earlier.
The sanctuary initially had only 6 rhinos by 2006 and as of 2021, there were 32 white rhinos in the ranch. Several wild animals, primates and birds have also made Ziwa their habitat.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary project was headed by Rhino fund Uganda and Uganda wildlife Authority.
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