Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
Rich in biodiversity and scenic beauty, the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a must visit. A 4,5km long walk will take you through this important wildlife corridor of Kibale Forest and will take up to 3h.
The “Home of the Great Blue Turaco” is a real bird watcher’s paradise. This wonderful place shelters about 200 species of birds including Hornbills, Turacos, Parrots, Cranes, Kingfishers and many more swamp endemics. Furthermore, the 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 swamp is also a haven for other mammals such as sitatungas, bushbucks and otters. Local and knowledgeable guides 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, boardwalks and atop a tree house tucked high in the canopy.
Visitors may tour the wetlands only when accompanied by a trained Sanctuary guide. The office is open everyday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The best times to start the walk , which takes up to 3 hours, are 7:30-9 AM or 3 PM. However, visitors are free to enjoy the walk whenever they like.
Costs per person are shown in the table below. The tour goes deep into the wetlands, in many places on boardwalks that are just above the water. Rates effective 2017:
|Guided Nature Walk||Cost in UG Shillings||Cost in US Dollars*|
|Visitor Category||Per Person||Per Person|
|Non-Residents of Uganda||UGS 50,000||$23|
|Residents who are not Ugandan||UGS 40,000||$20|
* US dollars must be from year 2006 or later.