Uganda’s latest addition to the safari circuit, the Amuka Lodge on the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, is now open for business it was learned during the week, as Johan Genade welcomed his first guests. Built with predominantly timber and local stone, the other ‘visible’ material is canvas, creating exactly the feel visitors expect when ‘going bush’ for an African safari.
The new lodge will complement the existing but more basic facilities for overnight accommodation and meals at the head quarter of the Rhino Fund Uganda / Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where individual visitors, driving their own cars, can pitch their tents or else use dormitory rooms or the more private family units which have between two and three bedrooms and a sitting room.
The new lodge is aimed at the ‘traditional’ safari market, offering all the facilities and amenities tourists expect while touring the country, and being small enough Johan and his staff will ensure that their guests are well looked after.
The Rhino Sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists visiting the Murchisons Falls National Park as it is conveniently located just over 100 miles from Kampala, enroute to the park. Ziwa is the only place where rhinos can be seen in the wild in Uganda. Presently 10 Southern White rhinos are found on the nearly 17.000 acres of the sanctuary, with the land provided by Capt. Joe Roy on a long term use right agreement to RFU. There are 3 adult males, 3 adult females, three adolescent males born on the sanctuary just over two years ago and a more recently born female calf. Two of the adult females are also ‘in the family way’ again and are expected to give birth over the next few months.