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
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.
There was also a great opportunity to see how people in the rural communities live.
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!
We didn’t do a very good job of fixing it however and Wandermust Daddy ended up in the 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