The Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED) is an association of more than 120 members and it manages the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary (in Magombe swamp), located just outside Kibale National Park. The association provided experienced and trained guides in birding and to conduct the Bigodi village walk. Before and after the activity, it is also possible to book the traditional lunch, with a variety of local food prepared for the visitors. The craft shop is selling local made handicraft. All benefits from tourism go directly to the community, which also has developed sustainable organic agricultural projects (maize, bee-keeping), sustainable forestry and conservation of the wetland, education and training (though supporting the secondary school) and improved the health facilities (they built a dispensary).
We include the visit to Bigodi in our main itinerary Uganda Nile Adventure 12 days.
What can you do: It is possible to book a special experience with the Kafred, spending time in the homestead and participating in harvesting crops, cooking meals, collecting firewood, grazing animals.