21.02.2017 - 22.02.2017 32 °C
We stopped in Masindi itself for some groceries (a very eclectic selection) and some money. Most of the road was very good, as it is the main road to Kampala, but the last 7km was back to the usual: dusty and bumpy. The Uganda Rhino Fund runs the Rhino conservation programme. Rhinos became extinct in Uganda in 1983, due to poaching and civil unrest. The first 2 rhinos were reintroduced to Uganda in Entebbe Zoo. There are now a total of 21 rhinos in Uganda, the 2 in the zoo and 19 in Ziwa. We went rhino trekking with a ranger and were very lucky to come upon new mam Malaika with her baby son Noel, who was born last Christmas. He is the youngest calf in Ziwa. Later we met another group of 4. I had seen rhinos before, but never this close! Absolutely fantastic! After dinner and coffee, some other campers knocked on the door of the van to tell us there was a big bull rhino grazing in the camp. He was enormous, but we were told to stay between the buildings and be quiet! In the morning there was another group around the restaurant and on leaving the camp there was a group lying in the middle of the road blocking our exit!