Uganda Bird Walk Through Bigodi Wetland

Uganda Bird Walk Through Bigodi Wetland

Most people who go to Uganda go to see chimps and gorillas, not realising the amount of biodiversity in the country. Now I will be honest, I have never been a bird watcher but one thing about Uganda is that if you didn’t arrive a bird watcher you will definitely leave one! One of our afternoons was spent in Uganda doing a Uganda bird walk through Bigodi Wetland. 

Uganda Bird Walk through Bigodi Wetland Swamp

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The swamp walk at Bigodi Wetland was billed as a great opportunity to see an array of Ugandan birds. Unfortunately for us, we only got to go in the afternoon. Now as any experienced birder will tell you, the best time to see birds is in the morning. Even by going in the afternoon though we still managed to still a lot.

On top of that we got to see pretty much every primate (barring gorillas and chimps) in our one walk. Uganda is home to so many types of primates including the black and white colobus, the red tailed monkey and baboons to name just a few. We managed to see them all on our swamp walk.

Primate in the tree

Primate in the tree

There was also a great opportunity to see how people in the rural communities live.

A farmers hut, Uganda

A farmers hut, Uganda

Local women carrying goods home

Local women carrying goods home

The walk, on the whole was like a gentle stroll through the park, however the swamp lived up to its name and as we passed the half way mark we discovered that the boardwalk that was there in the morning was no longer there in the afternoon. The perils of travelling in the wet season!

Swamp boardwalk

Swamp boardwalk

Fixing the swamp boardwalk

Fixing the swamp boardwalk

We didn’t do a very good job of fixing it however and Wandermust Daddy ended up in the swamp!

Wandermust Daddy was glad of waterproof trousers when he fell in a swamp

Wandermust Daddy was glad of waterproof trousers when he fell in a swamp

Perhaps my favourite part of the walk was going up into a hide and having an opportunity to sit and watch the wildlife in silence.

Overall, if I were to do this again, I would probably go in the morning but it really was an unforgettable experience



    • September 8, 2016 / 7:34 am

      Thanks – it is definitely worth the morning alarm. The fact that the local coffee is nice also helps

  1. September 16, 2016 / 7:37 am

    This looks like such a fun and interesting swamp walk. Would love to go to Africa someday soon to see wildlife up close. What a great experience for all of you to watch all that wildlife.

    • September 16, 2016 / 9:41 am

      I would thoroughly recommend. Uganda isn’t top of everyone’s list for Africa by the diversity and people really were outstanding

  2. October 6, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I have yet to be able to explore Africa. I would love to – I think the kids would be in awe. I love the idea of all the biodiversity! Thank you kindly for linking up with first ever #FarawayFiles – we’re happy to have you part of the community! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • October 6, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      The biodiversity is incredible. Can’t wait until my lo gets older and I can take her there too

  3. October 6, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    I love your photos! This is something I’d very much like to do with my two boys. Great reading about it! Thank you so much for joining us on our first ever #FarawayFiles

    • October 6, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Aww thank you! I can’t wait until my little one is old enough so we can return. Though that may be quite a while yet

  4. October 6, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    What an amazing experience – apart from the gorilla trekking, I know remarkably little about Uganda so this sounds a fantastic way to discover more about life and wildlife. Wet feet aren’t too bad a price to pay (especially someone else’s!) #farawayfiles

    • October 6, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      I was very glad it wasn’t me in there swamp lol. It’s really such a diverse country ?

  5. October 6, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Ooh this is great! My brother and family live in Tanzania and visit Uganda often for work. My nephew would love to see those primates. Thanks for linking up with #FarawayFiles – loved reading this post

    • October 9, 2016 / 10:16 am

      The gorilla trekking is for over 15s only but the swamp walk gave a great opp to see other types of primates

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