Ziwa rhino sanctuary is a popular destination and most of the tour operators travelling from Kampala towards Murchison include a stop at the sanctuary as a permanent part of their itineraries. Feedback from visitors is extremely positive, and our visitor numbers are expected to continue to grow!

A security force of 80 Rangers of which many are armed, patrols the fence, guard the gates, and monitor the rhinos 24 hours per day. The sanctuary is not only home to the rhinos but also to approximately 20 other species of wildlife as well as 300 different bird species highlighting Uganda’s unique biodiversity and emphasizing the importance of conserving it. The conservation effort is proving successful as we see the numbers of wildlife growing within the sanctuary.

Our rangers are also very active with Anti Poaching activities around the sanctuary. Furthermore, Rhino Fund Uganda assists the local communities by capturing problem animals like crocodile and python. These problems animals after capture are released into a safe environment.

We are working toward a future in which there is a sustainable rhino population! We are very excited about adding rhinos to our current population both through the upcoming births and through additional animal donations.

We are working to expand our education and community programs to teach more people about the urgent need to conserve the rhino, the value of biodiversity in Uganda, the rhino’s place in local and global ecosystems, the impact of conservation on the community, and the importance of conservation efforts worldwide.

In addition, we have built a primary school and are planning to build medical clinic so we can better care for our immediate community since medical care and educational opportunities are located too far away for many of our families and the community to access easily.
We are currently looking for funding for our school and clinic.

Please consider supporting this important project. Contact the Executive Director to support our programs.

Future at Risk

A report last year by the World Wildlife Fund, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and wildlife-trade monitoring network TRAFFIC said rhino poaching had reached a 15-year high, pushing the animals close to extinction. About 1,500 rhino horns were traded illegally in the last three years, despite a long-standing ban on international trade.

The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos.

At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary we strive to protect the rhinos through community education and tourism while at the same time providing a safe sanctuary for rhinos to live and breed. Please support our efforts toward saving the rhinos.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a collaborative effort between the Rhino Fund Uganda, a Ugandan NGO committed to the restoration of Uganda's rhinoceros population and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

The sanctuary offers a secure place where rhino populations can be expanded by breeding, protected from human and non-human predators and gradually be re-introduced into Uganda's national parks, while at the same time, allowing the public to enjoy these majestic animals, as the project moves forward.

A team of approximately 80 park rangers and security guards keep a 24-hour watch on the rhinos to ensure their safety. The 70 square kilometres (7,000 ha) sanctuary is surrounded by a 2 metres (6.6 ft) electric fence to keep the rhinos in and the intruders out.

The sanctuary is home to at least 40 mammal and reptilian species including monkey, antelope, hippopotamus, crocodile and numerous bird species. In addition to rhino trekking on foot, tourist activities include birding, canoe rides and nature walks.

The sanctuary is located approximately 180 kilometres (110 mi), by road, north of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. This location is near Nakitoma Village, Nakasongola District, in the Kafu River Basin, off the Kampala-Gulu Highway.

Mission and Vision

After the first six rhinos were translocated in 2004 and 2005, a period of four years elapsed before the first calf was born in March 2008.

Sadly this calf was stillborn to mother Bella. In June 2009 we had a healthy calf born and named him Obama.

Our History

Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 with a management Board of Directors appointed later that year.

The function was to oversee and guide the implementation and management of the RFU to achieve its ...

Pricelist and Rates

Booking in advance is recommended to prevent delays and dissapointment All activities on Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary are managed by Rhino Fund Uganda and includes a Trained Guide For Bookings, Enquiries & More Information contact Angie.

Ziwa Rhino at Present

Ziwa rhino sanctuary is a popular destination and most of the tour operators travelling from Kampala towards Murchison include a stop at the sanctuary as a permanent part of their itineraries. Feedback from visitors is extremely positive, and our ...

The Future of Ziwa Rhino

We are working toward a future in which there is a sustainable rhino population! We are very excited about adding rhinos to our current population both through the upcoming births and through additional animal donations. We are working to expand ...