Meet Ziwa, a wildlife sanctuary in central Uganda that is on a mission to protect and repopulate rhinos ahead of their re-introduction into Uganda’s savannah parks. This follows an uncontrolled poaching spree that befell Uganda in the 1980’s, wiping its national parks of their entire rhino population. This has negatively interfered with the normal functioning of the eco-system of the parks considering Rhino grazing helps maintain savanna grasslands. This in turn supports numerous other flora and fauna species.
To the above effect, Ziwa’s 70square kilometres (7,000 ha) jungle has been left in its pristine state. This heartens humans to understand, appreciate and protect this critically endangered herbivore that is ranked as the second biggest land mammal after elephants.
It has 26 individuals, over 15 of which were born here since its establishment in 2005. It also boasts of at least 40 mammal and reptilian species like hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, antelopes and variety of bird species. This is one of the things that make Ziwa a great stopover between Kampala and Murchison falls national park.
Here, you will have a rewarding bushwalk through an amazingly untouched savannah sanctuary—where an astounding array of birdlife are still shy of people and vehicles. You will track rhinos using their footprints in the sand whilst learning a bit more about native flora and fauna.
You will be amazed by the great work that is being done to convert ex-hunters into conservationists in an effort to protect rhinos from become extinct. As you pursue nature walks, you will find ranger guides patrolling the park to scan out any snare that might have been planted by poachers.
Do not just look for rhinos, take time to experience nature’s healing power and appreciate every little bit in there; every moment is worthwhile.
Best time to visit: All year round