Known as the “Keepers of the Forest” the enchanting Batwa pygmies of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are a hunter-gatherer tribe that has lived side-by-side with the wildlife of this ancient park for thousands of years. Strap on your hiking boots for this full-day adventure as it kick-starts with a 3-hour hike through the forest to a Batwa settlement. At this Batwa homestead observe how the women prepare, cook and serve a meal. Engage with medicine men and learn about the medicinal properties of the lush forest flora. Hear ancient legends and traditional songs. After a warm welcome, your 1-hour cultural immersion begins. Enjoy a lively music performance, learn about the Batwa’s fascinating way of life; from religion to their food gathering and hunting techniques, and interact with the tribesmen.
Living in harmony with the forest and surviving by hunting small game using bows and arrows, this fascinating excursion gives great insight into how this ancient tribe exist. Foraging in the lush undergrowth and gathering plants for both food and medicinal purposes, the Batwa have a symbiotic relationship with the wild. In an effort to reveal their amazing heritage and traditions with the world, this is a magnificent opportunity to experience the forest through their eyes. Once acknowledged as the owners of the high mountain forest, there are very few Batwa in existence today.