Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
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Seeing our rhinos in their natural environment, up close and in person is an unforgettable experience. Due to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary being the only park in Uganda where you will find wild rhinoceros’ this is an essential stop if you are looking to complete your “big five” safari experience. Amuka can provide both a vehicle for hire and a well-trained guide who will help visitors understand more about both the rhinos – their history, facts – as well as the local botany, ‘general bush knowledge’, birds and other animals seen on the savannah.
Heading out across the 70 square kilometers of rolling landscape and native woodlands, on which Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located, visitors will keep an eye out for the rhinos which have thrived since their arrival in the early 2000’s.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and more specifically the rhinos, are patrolled and monitored by Rhino Fund Uganda’s own rangers. They are very well trained and armed – their responsibilities are the safety and security of the rhino (who are physically monitored by armed rangers on a 24/7 basis) and data collection.
Guests will be thrilled when they head out on foot to observe these amazing creatures up close. Many describe it as one of the most emotional, exhilarating and unforgettable experiences of their lives.
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 Ugandan Citizens as well as visitors about the rhinos and ensure they remain part of Uganda’s rich cultural heritage long into the future.
GUIDED NATURE WALKS
Amuka is perfectly located as a stop midway between Kampala and Murchison Falls National Park, or even further north such as Kidepo Valley National Park.
Nature walks can be scheduled in the late afternoon or early morning and enable you to get a glimpse of the diverse and plentiful wildlife that share the sanctuary. Visitors regularly see Ugandan Cob, Bushbuck, Oribi, Duiker, Warthogs, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Vervet monkeys, and black and white Colobus monkeys. Interesting reptiles often turn up including: Chameleons, Geckos and Agamas. You’re also likely to see a recently-discovered species of dragonfly that is unique to the area. If you’re very lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Leopard, Aardvark, Genet cat or Porcupine!
BIRD WATCHING/SHOEBILL SAFARI
One of Uganda’s best kept secrets is part of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary’s border. A 10 kilometer swamp border, The majestic Lugogo Wetlands. This wetland is an integral part of the ecosystem and is home to a multitude of animals and rare birds. It provides guests with some of the most unparalleled opportunities for bird viewing in Uganda – including the threatened and endangered Shoebill Stork.
Our amazing birding is due to three biospheres being integrated in the Wetlands meaning that vast numbers of birds not normally seen residing in the area.
Taking a pair of binoculars and well-worn bird book on the usual tour, avid bird watchers will be ecstatic to view some of the 350+ species found on the Sanctuary, including White Crested Turacos, Giant Kingfishers, Palmnut Vultures, Barbets, and 11 of the woodpecker species, including the Speckled-breasted Woodpecker.
The Lugogo Wetland is, arguably, Africa’s richest birding destination and Amuka is working with the Rhino Fund to have this area officially declared a wildlife conservancy.
Our latest addition to the activities list, our guided night walks promises to provide you with the best possible chance to see one of our elusive Leopards or Aardvark. Walking with only your flashlight to clear the dark this is certainly one of our more exhilarating activities and will certainly have your heart pumping. Leaving the lodge between 9pm and 10pm, this is one of the must do activities in Uganda.