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Shoebill Trekking Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Shoebill Trekking Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; Ziwa rhino sanctuary was established in 2005 with the aim of re-introducing Southern white rhinos into the wild. It is located approximately 165 kilometers from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The ranch is not only for rhino tracking but also bird haven for the notable bird, shoebill. Tourists interested in birds get the opportunity of trekking the shoebill while at Ziwa rhino sanctuary.

Being the most sought after bird to be seen in Uganda, the shoebill, with the assistance of the game rangers tourists will be able to locate this bird. It derives its name from the structure of its bill that resembles a shoe. It can be seen with the use of a dugout canoe in Lugogo swamp that covers a distance of 10 kilometers.

Shoebill birding in Lugogo swamp provides the tourists opportunities of spotting other birds as follows; pied kingfisher, African grey hornbill, African Jacana, African pygmy kingfisher, marabou stork, African Marsh Harrier, giant kingfisher, Goliath heron, Malachite king fisher, Egyptian goose and grey crowned crane among others. Bird lovers are therefore advised to carry with them good binoculars extra batteries and cameras for capturing these long lasting memories. The dugout canoes are provided by the local community at a fee thus enhancing partnership and collaboration.All this is made possible with the help of a team of experienced bird guides.


Ziwa rhino sanctuary is located approximately 176 kilometers from Uganda’s capital city Kampala and a 3 hours’ drive. It is conveniently located in Nakitoma and tourists visiting this sanctuary can as well combine it with game drives in Uganda’s largest national park, Murchison falls. A well-equipped vehicle is well recommended for tourists visiting and this can be arranged by your safari guide.

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