Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Bigodi swamp

We had been recommended to visit the Bigodi swamp, which is an area of wetland looked after by a local group.  This small area was being protected from being drained and turned into farmland, but would have to pay for itself in the long run.

We had a great young guide, called James, who walked us round the path on the edge of the swamp pointing  out various interesting birds and plants.  He was also excellent at spotting primates, including the rare red colobus monkey.

The walk was a lovely relaxing stroll in comparison to the madness of the forest earlier, and helped calm us down enormously.  There is a small visitor centre at the the swamp where the local ladies sell some handicrafts to help with funding of the local community.  They gave Karen a round of applause when she told them how beautiful the baskets were.

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