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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Welcome, wanderers of the wild! Today, we embark on a journey to one of Uganda’s wildlife wonderland, where giants roam freely and tales of conservation unfold amidst the savannah. Join Ngoni Safaris as we uncover the hidden gem of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a reflection of  Uganda’s dedication to preserving its natural heritage.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary


A Brief History Lesson
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola and stands as a beacon of hope for Uganda’s endangered rhinoceros population. Established in 2005, this sanctuary has a compelling story of rejuvenation. Once home to both black and white rhinos, Uganda faced a tragic decline due to poaching and habitat loss. Thanks to concerted conservation efforts led by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rhino Fund Uganda, Ziwa became the pioneering project to reintroduce rhinos into the country.

Where on Earth is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary?
Located conveniently on the road to Murchison Falls National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary enjoys a prime spot approximately 180 kilometers north of Uganda’s bustling capital, Kampala. Don’t worry about getting lost; Ngoni Safaris knows the way like the back of our safari jeep!

Getting To Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary?
Embark on a scenic drive from Kampala, passing through vibrant villages and rolling hills. As the urban jungle fades, anticipate a landscape shift to sprawling savannah and quaint rural settlements. A smooth journey with occasional stops for samosas and Ugandan chai will get you to the sanctuary in about 3 hours. Pro tip: Bring your favorite playlist for the road; lions might not be the best DJs.

Fun Facts About Our Horned Friends
Did you know rhinos have been around for over 50 million years? Talk about ancient! These gentle giants can weigh over 2,000 kilograms—about the size of a small car—and yet, they munch on grass and leaves like your pet rabbit.

Tracking Rhinos: A Dance of Stealth and Patience
So, you’ve arrived at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary—now what? Time to channel your inner safari ninja for rhino tracking! Ngoni Safaris will equip you with a trusty guide and all the gear you need: binoculars, a hat (rhinos are not fashion critics😊, but the sun is relentless), and a keen sense of adventure. The tracking itself involves slow, deliberate steps, staying low-key to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Briefing at Ziwa
Our Guests being briefed


Best Time to Visit, When Rhinos Are in Their Element?
The dry seasons—December to February and June to August—are ideal for visiting Ziwa. Why? Rhinos love to sunbathe in the warmth, and it’s easier to spot them amid the dry grasslands. Plus, fewer rain showers mean less mud wrestling for your safari boots.

Where to Rest Your Safari Hat: Accommodation Options
After a day of rhino whispering, unwind at one of the nearby lodges or campsites. Ngoni Safaris recommends the cozy lodges around the sanctuary where you can swap stories with fellow travelers over a bonfire and perhaps a taste of Uganda’s famous Nile perch.

Beyond the Rhinos: What Else Can You Do?
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary isn’t just about rhinos (though they are the VIPs). Extend your adventure with a boat trip on the serene Victoria Nile, where hippos and crocs play hide-and-seek in the water. For thrill-seekers, Murchison Falls National Park beckons nearby, offering safaris, hikes, and the jaw-dropping sight of the Nile squeezing through a rocky gorge.

In Conclusion
As you bid farewell to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, remember this isn’t just a trip; it’s a pledge to protect our planet’s wildlife. Ngoni Safaris invites you to join our mission: to explore, to learn, and to cherish the natural wonders of Uganda. So pack your bags (don’t forget the camera!), and let’s embark on an adventure where giants walk the earth and every moment is a story waiting to be told.

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This blog post blends humor with informative content to engage readers in the unique experience of visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary with Ngoni Safaris. It covers all essential aspects from history and location to practical tips and additional activities, ensuring a comprehensive guide that captivates and inspires.



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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .