Bigodi Swamp Walk – Great Adventure Safaris introduces you to the Bigodi swamp guided walks. Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. The Bigodi community is located about 40 kilometres outside of the town of Fort Portal, and borders Kibale National Park, which has the highest density of primate life in the world in its forests.
Rich in biodiversity and scenic beauty, the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a must visit. A 4,5kilometres long walk will take you through this important wildlife corridor of Kibale Forest and will take up to 3hours.
The “Home of the Great Blue Turaco” is a real bird watcher’s paradise. This wonderful place shelters over 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, Velvet 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 every day from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The best times to start the walk, which takes up to 3 hours, are 7:30am or 3:00pm. However, visitors are free to enjoy the walk whenever they like.
The tour goes deep into the wetlands, in many places on boardwalks that are just above the water.