KAFRED wins a Silver Award at the 2015 African Responsible Tourism Awards in Cape Town, South Africa. George Owoyesigire member of Uganda Trekking Holidays, KAFED said “This wetland is not a national park but it is protected by locals. We receive over 4,000 visitors every year to view close to 200 unique birds, butterfly and primate species as well as to take guided walks, Proceeds from KAFRED are used to build bridges, and schools. We also subsidize school fees to enable rural poor children attain good education”
KAFRED is a community-based tourism and conservation organization that manages and promotes sustainable tourism around the Bigodi wetland sanctuary in Kamwenge district. This project generates revenues of fifty thousand US dollars annually and is globally celebrated for reducing poverty through conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. KAFRED has created 35 direct tourism jobs; it provides clean water for ninety homes and manages a school of over 300 students from 250 families.
In the past KAFRED has won of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) equator initiative a record two times, in 2004 and 2010. 2011 Pearls of Uganda Gorilla Trekking sustainable Tourism Community Awards.
Kibala National park is great habitat for primate species such as the Black and White Colubus, Red Colubus, Baboon, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed Monkey, Blue and Vervet Monkeys and the L’Hoest Monkey. It has birds such as the elusive Great Blue Turaco and the Crested Crane.