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“Rhino Trek” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Gulu Highway, Nakitoma, Uganda
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Nakitoma
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino in the wild. This conservation project is self sustained and the activities fees that are paid by you is our source of income. The activities offered by RHINO FUND UGANDA are : On foot rhino trekking, Birding walks, Shoebill canoe rides and Nature Walks.The accommodations on the sanctuary are privately managed by the respective owners and consists of - Ziwa Rhino Lodge and Amuka Safari Lodge.
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“Rhino Trek”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Ziwa is attempting to re-establish rhino herds in the national parts of Uganda. At this sanctuary, the guides take you out in the forests and fields to see the rhinos. At time we were there, two rhino had been born in the past 5 months. It was an incredible experience to see them up close. The sanctuary is very isolated and peaceful.

Visited May 2014
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“Well worth a visit & no entry fee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

There are 17 rhinos in Uganda, 15 are in Ziwa (the remaining 2 are at Entebbe Zoo) and we saw 11 of them!
We saw two of the dominant males .... the current boss & his nemesis. Moja (dom male no2) actually blocked our return to the guest house as he wouldn't get off the road.
We also saw their youngest member at only 2mths old & very cute. You can get very close to them but the guides are very conscious of not allowing you to get too close, constantly watching & moving as the rhinos move.
We also did the shoebill trek/canoe ride and while the only got a distant glimpse of a shoebill they are so large it doesn't matter too much. Getting up for a 06:15hrs start wasn't ideal but to see the swamps as the mist starts to lift was beautiful.
Unlike the National Parks you do not pay an entry fee, just for the activities you do.

Visited May 2014
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“Worth the Time To See Rhinos In Uganda Up Close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We had an enjoyable time viewing the Rhinos up close. We saw one solo male, and a large combined group of 2 which the guide said was unusual. The land was charred black when we visited, with little bits of green grass growing up. It looked very desolate, inhospitable, and was quite ugly. It did not seem to bother the Rhinos who seemed oblivious to our presence. They say they burn the grass so that the Rhino have the little green grass to eat, but if the ground is charred while you are there it will get all over your clothes.

We did not have to walk far to see the Rhinos, and they were pretty much sleeping the entire time, so it was not an overly exciting visit, but It was amazing to see these creature free instead of behind bars at a zoo. I don't have much hope for them ever being reintroduced to the parks again...but one should never say never!

If you are driving this way make a stop for sure, should you go out of your way to see them....it depend on how much you like to look at Rhinos :)

The money here goes to a good cause, and seems to be used as stated. I cannot say this is true for other parts of Uganda where we dropped off school supplies and the teachers sold and pocketed the money. I recommend a visit to the Rhino Sanctuary, you will get a quick Rhino 101 lesson, and see the animals up close without any barriers.

Visited February 2014

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RhinoFundUganda, General Manager at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, responded to this review, June 14, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. It seems your visit was during our dry season. This years season was exceptionally dry and as nature works it's wonders, after the first rains, everything is green and beautiful. Burning on the sanctuary is done according to a management plan and only done ever 3rd or 4th dry season. We do have fire that enters from outside of the sanctuary which are stopped immediately to prevent unnecessary damage to habitat within the sanctuary.. All money received for activities on the sanctuary is used to manage this program as we do not get funding other than private funding or Augsburg Zoo that assists annually. We are audited annually and our audits checked by our Board of Directors and Members. I do however think it is a bit unfair to compare how Rhino Fund Uganda "possibly" uses its funds to a bad experience you may have had with someone else. This could be interpreted negatively for this program that has transparent books and tries very hard to have people paying for rhino trekking feel comfortable doing so.
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“Worth a visit if you want to see rhinos!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited here on the way back from Murchison Falls NP and it was definitely worth the visit. The rhinos are able to roam free and have been humanised - so you are able to watch them from very close by. It is great to know that attempts are being made to reintroduce rhinos into the parks of Uganda and to know that they are breeding successfully.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

It has been really a nice experience visiting rhinos here, first of all for sanctuary's hystory and foundation: it has the aim to "re-settle" rhino's presence in Uganda.
Rangers are really kind and friendly, they'll explain you all its history and will go with you throught this amazing experience.
You'll be really close to rhinos and you'll be walking on the ground, not on cars or separated by barriers, you'll see them in their natural condition, it's amazing :)
So I really recommend a visit hear!

Visited January 2014
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