Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola District, Nakitoma sub-county. It has been well known for harboring Rhinos in Uganda as far as Wildlife is concerned, but as you read this now, over 33 rhinos are to be relocated from their known habitant to a not yet known place. All this has happened as a result of land conflicts that have been going on for over 5years.
These persistent land misunderstandings between the Ziwa Rhino, the Wildlife Ranches and the land owners where the rhinos are bred have been happening for the past 5years. This 16,000 acre land was offered by Captain Joseph Joy in 2002 to act as a Rhino Sanctuary under the management of the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU), a Non-Government Organization (NGO) where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed.
It was agreed that this land was to be used for a period of 30years but suddenly, in 2021, Capt. Joseph Roy, the original land owner, wrote a letter to the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) terminating the Agreement with reasons of using his land for sugarcane plantation.
Series of meetings have been put in place between the land owner, the ministry of Tourism, Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to at least sign a fresh 5year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the continuance of the Rhino Sanctuary on the land. All these flopped as the land owner continuously insisted on telling the Authorities to vacate his land and relocate the Rhino breeding project to another place.
With the mandate of protecting Wildlife resources as per the Uganda Wildlife Authority Act, 2019, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has taken security over Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. As we talk now, security guards have been deployed everywhere at the Sanctuary. And with immediate effect, the public Operations manager for Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Mr. Hangi Bashir put a total ban on all tourism activities at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary until further notice as the Authorities find a new favorable place for the rhinos.
NOTE; – Pamoja Tours and Travel will be giving you all the updates about the Rhino Sanctuary new location.
For further information about the relocation of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, please feel free to contact us any time.
For those that had already booked a trip with us, and rhino trekking was one of your listed activities, we extend our sincere apology to you.
Please do not cancel your already scheduled Trips with us as we have still got for you a lot of other memorable tourism activities in place.