Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Located 6km south of the Kibale Forest National Park visitor centre at Kanyanchu, and 40 km from Fort Portal Town, Bigodi was established by Kibale Association for Rural and Environment Development (KAFRED) a local development organization to protect the 4-sqkm Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco).

It’s also good for spotting butterflies and primates, of which there are eight different species including grey-cheeked mangabey, red tail, vervet, and L’Hoest. Three-hour guided walks (at a fee) depart on demand. Other activities available include village walks, Saturday afternoon basket-weaving demonstrations, dance and drama performances; and fun interpretive meals at Tinka’s place (book in advance) where your hosts (Tinka) share the stories behind the local dishes they serve. Ask the reception for more information and booking.