Tuesday, 7 November 2017

BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY

A HAVEN FOR BIRD LIFE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Bigodi is a community based tourism project and a perfect example of successful community initiative, fully managed by a local development organisation, KAFRED (Kibale Association For Rural And Environmental Development); the initiate was set up primarily to enable local communities benefit from tourism and conservation. It is situated in Kabarole district on the fringes of Kibale national park, 6 kilometer away from Kanyanchu park head quarters.

The wetland sanctuary provides preferred environment for special visitors who travel mainly to participate in niche activities that are environmentally friendly like birding safaris in Uganda, butterfly watching, wildlife viewing, nature / community walk. The existence of Kibale national park makes it very relevant because this wetland sanctuary is a great complementation of chimp trekking in Kibale national park. There are a variety of unique activities that position Bigodi wetland as the best tourism destination one has to visit while in Uganda;
The Blue Turaco in Bigodi wetland


BIRD LIFE IN BIGODI WETLAND

This  4 sq. km swamp is a paradise for over 200 endemic species of birds including the papyrus Gonolek, white winged warbler and the beautiful Great Blue Turaco.   
The wetland is best for tourists who are interested in bird learning and birding experience, definitely leaving them with a long lasting memory. Other wetland dwellers include; African pitta, crowned eagles, kingfishers, weaver birds, horn bills, black bishop, black Bee eater, purple breasted sun birds, among others.