Known in the safari circles as the primate capital of the world, Kibale National Park is a Uganda safari destination for wildlife tourism in Uganda with the highest density of primates on the continent. The 796 Square Kilometer park is an area characterized with a moist tropical Forest that inhabits to 13 primate species and more than 300 species of birds, hills and swampy valleys. Kibale National Park is situated in western Uganda, south of Queen Elizabeth National Park and north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. There are several safari activities there to enjoy including, nature walks, chimpanzee trekking, birding watching and many more.
The main primate capital of the world chief attraction is the Chimpanzee, a cheeky and intelligent tailless ape with 99% human DNA and human-like limbs and behavior. There are more than 1000 Chimps in the park. Some Chimp families are habituated for tourism and research while others are left to wander and multiply in the thick jungle.
Because it’s the Primate capital of the world, there are several other primate species found in the park including; Olive baboon, Red colobus, Eastern black and white colobus, blue monkey, Potto, grey cheecked mangaby, red tailed monkey, bush baby, coppery tailed white nosed monkey, Vervet monkey, and L’Hoest’s monkey.
Bigodi wetland in Kibale National Park Uganda – best Nature walk destination in Uganda
Located 6km south of the Kibale National Park’s visitor centre; Kanyanchu, Bigodi wetland was established by the local development organization to protect the 4-sq-km Magombe Swamp. Its name “Bigodi” was derived from a local Rutooro word, “kugodya”, that means ‘to walk tiredly. This is because when people reach this wetland, they are supposed to walk to the swamp on foot. Because of its extensive collection of biodiversity, it is regarded as the best destination to go for a nature walk in Uganda for you will enjoy sightings several primates, bird, butterflies and plant species. It is also home to additional mammals such as chimpanzees, Sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, otters plus bush bucks.
Tourists that have visited this wetland have appreciated its rich biodiversity and scenic beauty that catches a good number of the tourists who safari Uganda or undertake Uganda safaris or short Uganda safaris to Kibale National Park Uganda for interesting chimpanzee trekking safaris Uganda. As part your adventure, you will undertake a nature walk into the Bigodi wetland swamp; a haven for other mammals such as sitatungas, bushbucks and otters. Our Uganda tour guide will take you on an interpretive tour as they escort you through the lush vegetation. This is the perfect opportunity to view the wildlife from the forest pathways, and over a tree house tucked high in the canopy.
This wetland is a very rich birders’ haven including “the Great Blue Turaco”, one of the most sought-after birds by tourists on Uganda birding safaris. This wonderful wetland shelters over 200 species of birds including Hornbills, Turacos, Parrots, Cranes, Kingfishers and many more swamp endemics. For primate lovers, the Bigodi wetland sanctuary is the home of 8 species of primates, including the Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, L’hoest Monkey, Vervet Monkey and the Blue Monkey.
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.