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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a private, not-for-profit animal sanctuary located in central Uganda. The sanctuary is a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (a government body) and Rhino Fund Uganda - a Ugandan NGO.

The sanctuary offers a safe place where the populations of rhinos can be increased by breeding and protection from human and non-human predators. Gradually rhinos can be reintroduced to other Ugandan national parks in an effort to restock the ecosystem.

Starting with 6 rhinos in 2005, the Ziwa now has more than 20 rhinos. Ziwa has become a popular tourist stopover for travelers going to Murchison Falls National Park since they can go and see rhinos as well as other animals and birds.


On your visit to Ziwa, you can enjoy taking part in any of the following activities.

  • Tracking Rhinos on foot
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching
  • wildlife viewing (other animals)
  • Camping

When To Visit

Ziwa rhino sanctuary can be visited at any time of the year. The dry season months between June and September are ideal to avoid the rain which can slow things down.

Getting There

Ziwa is located around 180 kilometres north of Uganda's capital - Kampala. The drive from Kampala to Ziwa takes between 2 and 3 hours on the Kampala-Gulu highway.

There are plenty of signs along the road and even self-drive visitors can easily locate the sanctuary.

Where To Stay

While in Ziwa, you can stay at the campsite or the guest house.

The accommodation is limited because of the nature of tours to the sanctuary. It works as a stopover when someone is going to Murchison Falls National Park, or coming back to Kampala.