5 Things to Experience with the Batwa culture in Western Uganda
For great Batwa Cultural Experiences, here are five things you need to do when you visit western Uganda. The Batwa pygmies are indigenous people who lived in the forests.
Batwa Pygmies cultural experience is an activity can be done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Buhoma side).
The half-day Batwa cultural trail is an incredible experience that the tourists can engage in during the gorilla tracking experience.
The Batwa lead visitors through the forests and introduce them to their old home and the techniques they used to survive.
Other activities include showcasing hunting skills, honey harvesting skills and demonstration of making bamboo cups.
You will also visit the pharmacy and the walk to the sacred Ngarama cave.
The Batwa Cultural Experience can be done in Semuliki National Park.
In Semuliki National Park the Batwa guides take visitors to their cultural sites in the forest, such as the king’s burial site and palace.
A day spent with the Batwa gives you an opportunity to enjoy the following:
- Hike in the forest with the people of the forest. You will have a guide and you will an opportunity to see the forest and its habitats through their eyes.
- See how they lived and hunted in the traditional manner. Enjoy trying out your hunting techniques as the Batwa teach you how to shoot with a bow and arrow.
- Visit a traditional Batwa homestead and learn from the women how to prepare, cook and serve a meal. You will also have the opportunity to sample the dishes.
- Interact with medicine men and learn about the medicinal properties of the forest flora.
- Listen to ancient legends and traditional songs.