Rhino conservation volunteering in Uganda

“Superb two week experience volunteering on a renowned project to reintroduce white rhino to the wilds of Uganda. Stay on site in shared lodge, with all meals included. Trip includes 3 day safari at Murchison Falls NP.”


Reintroduction of white rhino to Uganda | Monitoring rhino | Data collection | Habitat management | Community engagement work | Onsite bush lodge accommodation | 3 day Murchison Falls National Park safari trip | Nile cruise

Description of Rhino conservation volunteering in Uganda

The last wild rhino was seen in Uganda in 1982. Volunteer with this rhino conservation project, established in Uganda in 2005 to reverse that tragic trend and return this species back to their native country. Since its creation, the sanctuary has tripled in size, with about 20 rhinos now living in safety in this protected wilderness. Volunteers help these rhinos on their journey to eventual release back to the wild.

Join a team of passionate conservationists to protect this ancient species. Head out in the field to assist the team, helping to monitor the rhinos and manage their habitat so that they can prosper fully. Whilst you are on this project you will have unparalleled access to this ancient creature, said to have been on the planet for several million years.

Volunteer tasks are varied and demand-driven, but often feature monitoring, surveys, data collection, vegetation management, basic maintenance and community engagement work. The work is tiring but satisfying, and you are welcomed to join the team for an ice cold beer at the lodge when the working day is done.

You will be living on-site in the lodge, sharing a comfortable en-suite room with one or two other volunteers. The rooms are spacious, with hot water and flushing toilets, and a lovely balcony that you can relax on in the evening.

The setting in the African bush is truly magnificent, and your volunteer period will leave you feeling rewarded, knowing that all your energies have gone towards protecting this fascinating mammal.

After your 10-day volunteering period, you will head off on safari to the stunning Murchison Falls National Park for 3 days of wildlife watching, including a cruise up the Nile.

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2019: 11 Feb, 15 Apr, 14 Oct

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Rhino conservation volunteering in Uganda


We are commited to conserving, saving, protecting and, where possible, rehabilitating the animals brought under care at this sanctuary. The rhinos started with just 3 and have been selectively breeding ever since to maintain a positive gene pool. The ultimate aim is to release the rhinos back to the wild, when a safe location can be found and when there is less of a threat from poaching. When this project started in 2005 rhinos in Uganda were extinct. There are now 20 rhinos living at the sanctuary, a huge achievement over such a short amount of time.

Our company is an environmentally responsible one that operates recycling and reusing of waste products. We also offset carbon emissions in our office (gas,electricity, business mileage) and encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid. This means that trees are planted in poor local communities to encourage local people's incomes, as well as to help sustain the environment.

Participants are advised to use hand wash gel that does not require water. We also advise to take care with water. In many of our destinations, water is precious and expensive.


Meeting local needs
Volunteers live and work with members of the local community. They benefit the locals through eating food in the area, renting accomodation, providing work and bringing ideas to the local area. There are campaigns to work more with the local community so that they can come here to see these native animals for free.

Campaigning for change
Poaching for rhino horn and hunting for bush meat both contributed to the rhino population of Uganda going extinct in the 1980s. This project is all about educating people about animals, the importance of their presence on the environment and how protecting them will benefit local people in the longer term. Ultimately these rhinos will be released to the wild, but for this to happen a lot of education is required.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural Uganda.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure documentation. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

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