Venture into the heart of primate paradise with Primate Walks in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Nestled in the lush embrace of nature, this sanctuary is a haven for primates, offering a unique opportunity to witness the fascinating lives of these creatures up close. With approximately nine primate species residing here, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary ranks second only to Kibale Forest National Park, which boasts thirteen primate species. However, Bigodi’s accessibility and the dense forest cover make it an excellent destination for observing and photographing these charismatic primates.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary showcases a primate lineup that includes gray-cheeked Mangabeys, red colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and baboons. During seasons of scarce food availability in Kibale Forest, even chimpanzees have been spotted venturing into the swamp to feast on seasonal fruits and vegetation.
Beyond its primate wonders, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a treasure trove of birdlife. Bird enthusiasts will delight in sightings of species such as the Papyrus Gonolek, white-winged warbler, Shining blue kingfisher, white-spotted flufftail, Great blue Turaco, White-tailed ant-thrush, Yellow-billed barbet, Uganda spotted woodpecker (speckled-breasted woodpecker), and the Joyful green bull.
Prepare for an enriching primate walk with these essential insights:
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is conveniently located, making it easily accessible. It is approximately 40 kilometers from Fort Portal town, and the well-maintained road ensures that any vehicle can manage the journey. The drive through Kibale Forest National Park takes about 45 minutes to one hour.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary welcomes visitors year-round. The driest months, from December to February and June to July, are ideal for exploration. During these periods, the trails are more manageable, and the overall experience is enhanced.
A variety of accommodation options are available around Bigodi, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Choices include Kibale Forest Camp, Kibale Homestay, Primate Lodge, Turaco Tree Tops, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, and Isunga Lodge. Each offers a unique experience, allowing you to tailor your visit to your preferences. By choosing to stay in Bigodi, you directly support the local communities bordering Kibale Forest National Park, contributing to conservation efforts and community development.