Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Echuya Batwa, commonly known as pygmies, are the most vulnerable, marginalized, voiceless and endangered group of people around Echuya Forest Reserve in Kisoro and Kabale Districts of South-Western Uganda. The Echuya is located in the Albertine Rift region recognized as an important eco-region. The Batwa are believed to have migrated from the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of wild animals to hunt, hence the name Kisoro, literally meaning “the area occupied by wild animals”. The Batwa live in small huts mainly made from sticks and grass. (Wikipedia)
“Originally, Batwa were forest-dwelling hunter-gatherers based in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, and are widely accepted as the original inhabitants of the region. As their traditional forest lands and territories fell under the control of agro-industries and conservation agencies, the Batwa became squatters living on the edges of society. The establishment of the Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks for Mountain Gorillas in 1991 enabled the authorities to evict the Batwa definitely from the forest. The Batwa in Uganda (today) have become a tourist attraction and the money you pay to visit them is actually given to them to help their communities.
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Batwa Family Living in Tree
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (8 Hours)
Early morning transfer to bwindi impenetrable national through beautiful landscape, equator stop for photos and lunch break in mbarara arriving late at your lodge, dinner and overnight at Haven lodge Bwindi
Day 2: Ultimate bawta experience – Bwindi impenetrable national park
Batwa will invite you into their homes and show you their traditional hunting techniques and craft making skills. You will enjoy an incredible day hike in the rain forest with Batwa guides, see how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for animals and birds. You will share a traditional meal with the Batwa, hear ancient legends and traditional songs, and join in on a mock hunting party. You can even test your skill with a Batwa bow and arrow and participate in traditional dances.
Day 3: Return to Kampala
You will depart Bwindi after breakfast and travel back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch in Mbarara town. You will continue the journey and make another stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos arriving in Kampala in the late afternoon.