Rhino Trekking

A close up of a mature rhino backlit by early evening sunlight.

The only place to see white rhinos in Uganda

Whilst rhino trekking at Ziwa, you will enter the territory of the southern white rhinos on foot. Our well-trained rangers will guide you through the bush to wherever the rhinos are at the time.

This adventure will give you the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. All the rhinos at Ziwa are free to move around the 27 square miles within the ranch. Therefore, it is often necessary to drive to the areas where the rhinos are, before continuing the trek on foot.

Typically, this drive is done in your own vehicle. However, you can hire one of our vehicles along with a driver. Please ask at reception or send us a message to enquire about costs and availability.

Rhino Trekking Details


How much time do you need
1½ to 2½ hours
(depending on the location of rhinos)

Available from
07:00 until 17:00

What you need to bring
Closed shoes, drinking water, long pants, insect repellent, and of course, your camera


Rhino Trekking Prices

Visitors to Uganda (Costs in USD)

ActivityAdultChild (up to 12)
Park Entry*$50$30

Foreigners residing in East Africa (Costs in USD)

ActivityAdultChild (up to 12)
Park Entry*$45$25

East African Residents (Costs in Ugandan Shillings & USD)

ActivityAdultChild (up to 12)
Park Entry*40,000 UGX10,000 UGX

*Park Entry cost includes Rhino Trekking, whether on foot from the ranch or driving out to see them in the bush.
(When driving to track rhinos, your own vehicle is required, unless prior arrangements have been made with Ziwa.)
Please also note that pets are not allowed at Ziwa.

A Ziwa ranger briefing customers before heading out on a trek.

Safety Briefing

Rhinos can weigh up to 350 stone and can run much faster than any human. Our rangers are extremely well trained, and your safety is our first priority. Therefore, it’s important to listen to the safety briefing and obey the rules in order to keep safe.

Other Wildlife

While at the ranch, you may also encounter a range of other wildlife, including Uganda kobs, oribis, bushbucks or waterbucks. And of course, you may see many of the 300+ bird species that thrive here at Ziwa.

The Rhino Trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity and should not be missed! Ziwa is now a regular feature in many safari tours of Uganda.

A waterbuck antelope in a grass clearing in the woodland.
Tourists on safari take photos of two sleeping rhinos from a safe distance.

Don’t forget your Camera.

It’s not often you’ll get this close to wild rhinos in their natural habitat. So make sure you charge your camera battery and save plenty of memory. We love seeing photos from our visitors on Instagram, so make sure you tag @_ziwawildliferanch_ in your photos and use the hashtag: #ZiwaRhinos.

Make an Inquiry

If you’d like to ask us a question or make an inquiry about booking, then we’d love to hear from you. Click the link below to send us a message via our web form.