Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary,
Kibale, Uganda

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Bigodi is run by the local community, through KAFRED (Kibale Association For Rural and Environmental Development). The tours are guided walks of 3 to 4 hours around and through the swamp. To get there requires driving through and slightly north of Kibale National Park, to the community centre on the right just after a bridge covers the swamp. The tour groups that go through the area normally track chimps in Kibale in the morning and do the walk in the afternoon, so it is advisable for independents to do the walk in the morning; it is also obviously cooler and a better time for birds. In the wet seasons (don't forget, Uganda has two!) you might want to wear rubber boots as the rickety boardwalk will be under some water, and there will be lots of mud around.

The 'swamp' is a freshwater wetland. It seems to be dominated by a species of Fig which doesn't mind getting it's feet wet (Ficus polita pethaps?), and of course the classic African wetland species, the 'original' Papyrus.

This swamp has a reputation among birdwatchers to catch a few species that might be harder to see the adjacent rainforest. I photographed mostly more open country species.

One of the most rewarding features of this walk is the chance of seeing a range of primate species,  including Ugandan Red Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L'Hoest's Monkey and Black and White Colobus Monkey.


Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.