Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – A Jungle Swamp near Kibale Forest

Posted by on December 22, 2018

Explore Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – A Jungle Swamp on foot

Bigodi Wetlands SanctuaryFabulous Birding & Primate Viewing in a Jungle Swamp


 Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – A Jungle Swamp – an award-winning community sustainable Tourism project where visitors have the opportunity to see a Jungle Swamp. Bigodi Wetlands has become one of the most popular destinations in Uganda. It is one of those not to miss places in the Pearl of Africa, besides your visit helps the local community that has won awards for this UNESCO Wetlands Sustainable Tourism Project.

No Visit to Kibale Forest is complete without a visit to Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary where the jungles of West Africa meet East Africa, a visit here is an experience not to be replicated anywhere else in East Africa.  You will know what we mean when you walk across the crude boardwalk like planks and take in the sights, sounds and distinct smells of this jungle swamp next to Kibale Forest and support the local Community at the same time.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – a hike worth your time  


Most come to this area of Kibale Forest to visit the Chimpanzees and other Primates in Kibale Rainforest and yet there is much more to do and see and Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. The verdant vegetation of Bigodi Wetlands is simple a sight in itself – Wild Palms, Polita Fig Trees and the ever dominant Papyrus among the many other plants, flowers and trees you will see here.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is part of the greater Magombe Wetlands – which is one of the most important Eco-Systems in Uganda and  Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary allows you to experience this unique jungle like eco-system as you venture through it with your guide.

Bigodi Wetlands is a project of KAFRED – the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (Conservation) and your visit here benefits the local community and the individual guides and their families, especially if you show your appreciation through a tip to your guide.

 There are two guided tours a day – the first one is 7:30 am and the second one is at 3 pm as you enter this amazing sanctuary you will be pleasantly surprised by its wide range of biodiversity.  There are primates such as Red Colobus Monkeys,  Gray Cheeked Mangabey’s, L’Hoest Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Baboons, Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, and the occasional Chimpanzees.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – A Jungle Swamp – is also home to many mammals including the rare and elusive, semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelopes (they have webbed toes) who make their home here, there are also Bush Pigs, Bush Bucks, Otters, Mongooses.

For Birders Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is close to Paradise – 138 plus species have been spotted here and  Bigodi Wetlands is best known for being home to the Great Blue Turaco. Often you will spot many varieties of birds such as Papyrus Gonoleks, Hornbills, Waxbills, Weavers, Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Flycatchers to name just a few of the many species of birds found here.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – its jungle like setting in an African Swamp, its beauty enhanced by thick vegetation, its colorful flowering plants and trees, butterflies, primates, mammals, and birds all make it a must visit place in Uganda especially if you are already visiting nearby Kibale Forest…enjoy the Pearl of Africa.


 Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – Jungle Swamp-our Take:

Include Bigodi Jungle Swamp in your visit to Kibale Forest, it will be worth your time, the small cost involved and rich to you in experience.  It is rewarding visit that you will remember for a long time. 

You cannot experience this in Kenya or Tanzania, only in Bio-Diverse Uganda.  In a time when wetlands are eradicated to make room for people and so-called development, this is a rock bed of Community Conservation at its best and Bigodi Wetlands has received the rewards for it.

The morning walk is best for birders while during the afternoon walk you often get to see Chimpanzees.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is an activity we include for 99% of our clients that visit Kibale Fores.  We highly recommend a visit to Bigodi, you will be glad you did.


If you like to include Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – A Jungle Swamp in your safari with us – please contact us