Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary


The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is located in Magombe swamp adjacent to the Kibale National Park.


The sanctuary is greatly recognized for an extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey, grey cheeked, Ugandan mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey.

Additional Mammals such as chimpanzees, Sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, otters plus bush bucks, also occasionally visit the swamp coming from the adjacent Kibale National Park.

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a great example of a community-based approach to the natural resources management which can be of good economic benefit to the different local residents living within this area plus the Uganda safaris industry as well.



The swamp is a fascinating birders paradise boasting up-to 138 species that have been recorded. For well skilled and equipped birders there are chances of spotting around 50 new bird species on a birding list.


These could include:


  • White-spotted Flufftail,
  • Yellow-spotted Barbet,
  • Hairy-breasted Barbet,
  • Yellow-billed Barbet,
  • Western Nicator,
  • Grey-winged Robin-chat,
  • White-tailed Ant-thrush,
  • Brown-backed Scrub-robin,
  • Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher,
  • Brown-throated Wattle-eye,
  • Superb Sunbird,
  • Brown-crowned Tchagra,
  • Bocage’s Bush-shrike,
  • Black Bishop,
  • White-breasted Negrofinch
  • Black-crowned Waxbill
  • Great Blue Turaco

Rare species include


  • Papyrus Gonolek,
  • White-winged Warbler,
  • White-collared Oliveback
  •  Papyrus Canary.


Community Responsible Conservation


Conservation of this swamp has its real benefits, since it receives more than $150 000 got from tourists each year. A fraction of this earning was used to build Bigodi Secondary School as well as a nursery school, in addition to pay salaries of the school teachers; furthermore bridges have also been constructed over swamps plus streams within the village.