Book a 1 Day Batwa cultural trail, a nature walk safari activity in Mgahinga gorilla national park and discover the rich history and culture of the Batwa people of Uganda, the last forest people; Batwa pygmies for a Uganda cultural tour experience!
The dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes were home to the Batwa people: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food, and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down for generations.
Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park allows you to experience the ways of the ancient Batwa People the First People of the Forest lived here in harmony with nature and Gorillas until they were evicted in 191 and 1992 and became what is called Conservation Refugees living in the shadow of their former home as squatters and outcasts.
The Batwa Trail keeps the ancient ways and culture alive. The Batwa People who have lived here for 500,000 years and have gained much wisdom when it comes to the Forest.
The Batwa, wrongly labeled by movies such as “Gorillas in the Mist” as Gorilla Killers a label that has remained – eviction from the forest without compensation made them become poachers in order to feed their children.
Upon your arrival at the Airport, our Guide will pick you up and transfer you direct to the western part of the country for your safari commencement.
The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Safari Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you will see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and above all, a home. Along the Trail, you will fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions.
The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200m long lava tube beneath Mt. Gahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is a celebration of the forest culture of the ‘first people’. It is imposible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude is a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress towards doing so.
Crafts; Batwa communities living around the Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi impenetrable National Parks produce a variety of attractive handcrafts. These are sold to provide income to craftsmen and women, and to generate funds for UOBDU activities.
Access; The Batwa Trail is located in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes in South Western Uganda. The Park lies 520km from Kampala and 10km south of Kisoro. The first 430km to Kabale are on good tarmac. The 80km stretch to Kisoro follows a winding mountain road which is presently murram but is in the process of being surfaced.