Located 6km south of the Kibale National Park’s visitor centre; Kanyanchu, Bigodi wetland was established by the local development organization to protect the 4-sq-km Magombe Swamp. Its name “Bigodi” was derived from a local Rutooro word, “kugodya”, that means ‘to walk tiredly. This is because when people reach this wetland, they are supposed to walk to the swamp on foot. This area is recognized for an extensive collection of biodiversity among which are several primates, bird, butterflies and plant species. It is also home to additional mammals such as chimpanzees, Sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, otters plus bush bucks.
Tourists that have visited this wetland have appreciated its rich biodiversity and scenic beauty that catches a good number of the tourists who safari Uganda or undertake Uganda safaris to Kibale National Park Uganda for chimpanzee trekking safaris Uganda. As part your adventure, you will undertake a nature walk into the Bigodi wetland swamp; a haven for other mammals such as sitatungas, bushbucks and otters. Our Uganda safari guide will take you on an interpretive tour as they escort you through the lush vegetation. This is the perfect opportunity to view the wildlife from the forest pathways, and over a tree house tucked high in the canopy.
This wetland is a very rich birders’ haven including “the Great Blue Turaco”, one of the most sought-after birds by tourists on Uganda birding safaris. This wonderful wetland shelters over 200 species of birds including Hornbills, Turacos, Parrots, Cranes, Kingfishers and many more swamp endemics. For primate lovers, the Bigodi wetland sanctuary is the home of 8 species of primates, including the Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, L’hoest Monkey, Vervet Monkey and the Blue Monkey.
The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a great example of a community-based approach to the natural resources management which can be of good economic benefit to the different local residents living within this area plus the Uganda safaris industry as well.