Guided Nature Walk to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Swamp & Community walk
These pre-planned Chimpanzee Safari in Kibale forest and guided nature walk in Bigodi wetland Sanctuary are all-inclusive and can be customized to meet any traveler’s needs. Bigodi wetland Sanctuary is a small sanctuary that offer Swamp walk and protects Magombe swamp closest to Bigodi Community, located on the edge of Kibale forest.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Bigodi Swamp walk, Primates, Bird watching, Bigodi Community walk, Culture & People
The Bigodi Wetland is not just a swamp but also a home to a variety of Wild animals both primates and mammals.
Bigodi wetland Sanctuary is a small sanctuary that protects Magombe swamp closest to Bigodi trading Centre which is located immediately outside Kibale forest national park boundary. Its run by Kibale Association for Rural and environmental Development (KAFRED), therefore all the money raised from the sanctuary is used to fund community projects around Bigodi like construction of class rooms in some secondary and primary schools.
The bigodi wetland sanctuary has circular 4.5 km trail which have wooden platforms at some points, to enable the visitors take nature walk around. The swamp inhabits variety of birds and primates as the main attraction and Visitors have chances to see alot of wildlife species which they sometimes miss in the park.
What to expect while on the Bigodi Swamp Walk
Taking a guided Swamp walk, you stand chances to see grey checked mangabey, Red colobus monkey, black and white colobus among others. During the walk ornithologist/ Bird lovers will spot many bird species which are endemic to swampy areas. These include; Papyrus gonolek, white winged warbler, Great blue turaco, white spotted flufftail, black and white casquered hornbill and many more.
Visitors need to identify their interest to be able to get the right guide since not all the guides know birds. Besides this, the swamp is rich in butterflies, snakes, frogs and Bigodi community guides are well trained to spot some of them. They are rich in knowledge of the area since they are all grown up in Bigodi so they know the best areas to spot each and everything that live in the Swamp. There are many local guides and others still on training, this helps visitors start the walk at any time of the day between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm to avoid delay. Guided nature walk in Bigodi takes 2-3 hours and a bit long for those interested to see birds.
price, Cost of Activities in Bigodi (near Kibale Forest)
Activities available include Bigodi Swamp & village walks (USh50,000 per person) Saturday-afternoon basket-weaving demonstrations, dance and drama performances, and fun interpretive meals (USh15,000 per person; book in advance) where your hosts share the stories behind the local food they serve you. Volunteer opportunities are also available. From Fort Portal follow Kamwenge road, Bigodi is just after Kibale forest national park Uganda.
Best Time to Visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Kibale Forest national park is open to visitors and tourists pretty much all year round. The perfect time to visit however is September to March which is the dry season and catching sight of wildlife is much easier.