Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
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  • LizaGroenewald
    Orkney, South Africa153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk with great birding
    Community based initiative. You have access to a swampy wetland sanctuary with boardwalks (not all very good maintained). We saw some good birds, including a White-spotted flufftail, the highlight of our day. Do be warned that you are in a swamp, it is wet, humid, hot and muddy. Be prepared with your clothing and bug repellent.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Tom L
    London, United Kingdom10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic community-led conservation initiative
    Fantastic mix of conservation and community support - I hope many other ventures will learn from this community-led initiative. The swamp hosts an incredible variety in primates and birdlife - much of which we were able to see thanks to our very knowledgable local guide. An added bonus is that the craft shop at the entrance (stocked with goods made by the Bigodi Women's Group) sells the highest quality goods that we found anywhere in Uganda.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Z2256SXelizabethb
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting walk and activities with our guide Innocent.
    Our guide Innocent, and his apprentice Fiona, were very knowledgeable and delightful companions for our cultural walk. We were taken through the coffee making process from beans on the tree to delicious hot coffee. We learned the names of plants we’d previously been confused about. We saw women making straw items, and recommend this village as the spot for your souvenir purchases. Very reasonably priced and we felt confident our money was going to the community. Banana Man on beer and gin making and tasting was very entertaining. We felt we learned a lot, without the theatrical aspect experienced in the Masai Mara. Our guide, Innocent, joined us the next day for a trip to the crater lakes. I’m sure he will have a successful career in tourism as he is absolutely charming and very well informed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • DLulay
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Educational Worthwhile Experience
    Our first impression of the Bogodi Swamp was lack luster. Then our guide Ben started pointing out many different species of monkeys, birds, vegetation and shared sustainability activities and we were all in. This became an absolutely enjoyable experience. At the end we stopped at the Craft store near the reception area and found high quality locally made items. We would highly recommend fitting this into your schedule.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Wild Expedition... S
    Entebbe, Uganda58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bigodi swamp walk.
    Bigodi Wetland Walk is a local community initiative, to protect wetlands around Bigodi. Walks around the wetland introduce you to fauna and flora. For bird lovers, this is a place to include in your safari to Kibale National Park. Bigodi supports over 200 species of Birds, over 6 mammal species, and more than 20 species of trees. The walk around the swamp takes about two hours accompanied by a local guide. Good walking shoes, alist 2 liters of water, and a rain jacket are a must-have plus a camera. The walks can either be done in the morning or mid-afternoon.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 23 May 2024
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Wild Expedition... S
Entebbe, Uganda58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Bigodi Wetland Walk is a local community initiative, to protect wetlands around Bigodi. Walks around the wetland introduce you to fauna and flora. For bird lovers, this is a place to include in your safari to Kibale National Park. Bigodi supports over 200 species of Birds, over 6 mammal species, and more than 20 species of trees. The walk around the swamp takes about two hours accompanied by a local guide. Good walking shoes, alist 2 liters of water, and a rain jacket are a must-have plus a camera. The walks can either be done in the morning or mid-afternoon.
Written 23 May 2024
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DLulay
Morris Plains, New Jersey16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our first impression of the Bogodi Swamp was lack luster. Then our guide Ben started pointing out many different species of monkeys, birds, vegetation and shared sustainability activities and we were all in. This became an absolutely enjoyable experience. At the end we stopped at the Craft store near the reception area and found high quality locally made items. We would highly recommend fitting this into your schedule.
Written 25 September 2023
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Z2256SXelizabethb
Torquay5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Our guide Innocent, and his apprentice Fiona, were very knowledgeable and delightful companions for our cultural walk. We were taken through the coffee making process from beans on the tree to delicious hot coffee. We learned the names of plants we’d previously been confused about. We saw women making straw items, and recommend this village as the spot for your souvenir purchases. Very reasonably priced and we felt confident our money was going to the community. Banana Man on beer and gin making and tasting was very entertaining. We felt we learned a lot, without the theatrical aspect experienced in the Masai Mara.
Our guide, Innocent, joined us the next day for a trip to the crater lakes. I’m sure he will have a successful career in tourism as he is absolutely charming and very well informed.
Written 1 September 2023
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Sofie J
Aarhus, Denmark8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I did the cultural village walk and the Bigodi wetland walk.

I really enjoyed the cultural village walk, as I experienced how coffee and banana juice, -beer and -liquor is made. I also experienced how local women crafted beautiful baskets and got a chance to try it myself. Finally I also visited the local doctor, that told me about how he heals people without modern medicine. As I am within the public health field, this was super interesting!

The wetland walk was a nice little trip, and I saw a few monkeys very up close.

My guide was very informative and genuine!
Written 7 August 2023
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Tom L
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Fantastic mix of conservation and community support - I hope many other ventures will learn from this community-led initiative.

The swamp hosts an incredible variety in primates and birdlife - much of which we were able to see thanks to our very knowledgable local guide.

An added bonus is that the craft shop at the entrance (stocked with goods made by the Bigodi Women's Group) sells the highest quality goods that we found anywhere in Uganda.
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LizaGroenewald
Orkney, South Africa153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Community based initiative. You have access to a swampy wetland sanctuary with boardwalks (not all very good maintained). We saw some good birds, including a White-spotted flufftail, the highlight of our day. Do be warned that you are in a swamp, it is wet, humid, hot and muddy. Be prepared with your clothing and bug repellent.
Written 27 July 2023
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CynPete
toronto36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We saw many different species of adorable monkeys and birds on our wetlands walk. It was a worthwhile experience. Very muddy though - you need proper footwear.
Written 9 July 2023
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CLDAM
Cali, Colombia144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We did the Bigodi Community Walk. We visited 4 stations: a place ran by a man who called himself banana-man and who makes different drinks using bananas, a house where a lady taught us how she makes coffee for the community, a house where the community shaman shared his knowledge on the healing power of plants, and a shelter where a group of ladies performed for us and showed us some of the crafts they make.
Written 1 July 2023
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Life traveller
North East England, UK3,783 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We loved seeing the monkeys in the trees right at the start of the walk round the swamp, although after 15 minutes we didn't see any more. There were some very interesting aspects to the walk (loved meeting a fellow Gooner along the way!), but it was long and a bit too much for me, having enjoyed quite a stenuous chimp trek in the morning. You can bail our half way round and get picked up - I staggered on for another 20 mintes and regretted it! So, enjoyable and interesting, but pace yourself or reassess your limits as you go round.
Written 10 April 2023
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Vicky K
Lavington, Kenya4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
We took a walk with Owen and Trainee Gladys. Very informative and pleasing to see this community project in action.
We were warned the board walk was under water and that did indeed prove to be the case. We saw numerous bird species, red tailed monkeys, a cobra and a green snake.
Written 14 December 2022
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