Cultural Encounters in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Cultural Tours
Cultural Encounters in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Cultural Tours. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located amidst one of the most densely populated agricultural communities in tropical Africa. The populations of the Bakiga, Bafumbira, and the Batwa stay around the Park with their impressive heritage that can be encountered alongside your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Wildlife Uganda Safari, Uganda Birding Tour in Bwindi, Chimpanzee Tracking Uganda and Nature Walks in Bwindi.
The Batwa people culture in Bwindi Impenetrable national park Uganda Cultural Encounters:
The Batwa people alternatively referred to as the Pygmies are counted among the last surviving groups of short people that dwelled in the hunter-gatherer culture. They thrived in the tropical rain forests of Africa including the Afromontane forest of Bwindi Impenetrable before it was established as a national park to pave way for gorilla conservation. The Batwa believe in Nagasian their god whom they assert that he gave them the responsibility of taking care of the forests. They lived in the forests of Great lake Africa about 4000 years ago prior to the coming of the Bantu communities. The Batwa thrived on wild honey, edible wild roots, fruits and shrubs, medicinal plant extraction and small game hunting using bows and arrows.
The Batwa were removed from the Bwindi forest in 1992 to pave way for the park gazetted implying that they were deprived of their traditional homelands for the new world that they were not prepared to meet. They settled on the forest margins and the survival techniques that they had were very irrelevant to the new conditions which resulted in their suffering and a threat to their continuity. The coming in of the Philanthropists like the American Medical Missionaries – Dr. Scott and Carol Kellermans was a great opportunity for the Batwa. They secured land for them and facilitated a range of projects like school, hospital among others including Sanitation. The Batwa Development Programme (BDB) has been put in place to ensure the prosperity of the Batwa initiatives including promoting their heritage for tourism.
Buhoma Community Tours – Cultural Encounters / Mukono Development Association in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: The Buhoma community tour takes about 3 – 4 hours allowing you to explore the offering of the Buhoma community in the north of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda. The encounter commences at a local handicraft shop selling crafted items like wood carvings, fabrics, and beeswax candles. The community tour takes you through the community homesteads learning the local people’s way of life. The visit to the Batwa community is also involved to see how they are trying to cope up with the new life after their eviction from the forest. The activities range from attending traditional performances to visiting the traditional healer who uses medicinal herbs to cure illnesses, participating in the banana juice making the process not forgetting the local brewing process, a visit to the local school and hospital. The proceeds go to the local school, microfinance and maize mill support while all the Batwa proceeds are given to them in full.
Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Foundation (NCCDF) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda Cultural Encounters: Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Association is located in Nkuringo village southwest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park overlooking the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The community walk-in Nkuringo is coupled with great community encounters and impressive scenic views of the Virunga ranges. The encounter exposes to the blacksmith where knives and machetes are seen live being made, a visit to the local peoples’ homesteads like that of Sicilia enables you to encounter the traditional architecture (local huts), traditional equipment like grinding stones, cooking pots and the equipment for local waragi brewing. The traditional healer Pena demonstrates various shrubs and how she uses them to cure ailments.
Buniga Forest Nature Walk in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda Cultural Encounters: This is a pocket forest under the management of the Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Foundation which conducts the guided walks within the forest. The locals had shown great interest in encroaching on the forest thus threatening the biodiversity existence which prompted various community members to identify an alternative usage and eco-tourism was the better option. The trails were made traversing the forest and visitors are taken through forest walk exploring a wide range of biodiversity that enhances their Uganda safari African tour.
Nkuringo Cultural Centre (NCC) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda Cultural Encounters: This is an experiential encounter within the Nkuringo community. It allows the guests to have a deep encounter with the community that can learn a new skill while on their gorilla safari in Uganda. The activities range from traditional cooking, weaving, dancing, and drumming. The guided village walk takes to local homesteads interacting with the locals, learning their way of life and crafts encounter. You will visit the local school where you will attend to the Kiga dance where the dancers hit the rd on the ground since the best dancer is the one who shakes the ground.
Nyundo Community Eco-Trails of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda Cultural Encounters: The Nyundo residents passed through a period of climate change where the rainfall amounts reduced and patterns changed, hillsides experienced erosion, the mist disappeared and crop production began to reduce too. In return, the local people resolved to restore the forest of Nyundo and later develop it for eco-tourism purposes. The trails were set up and forest walks are organized. The forest nourished the area and reversed the effects of climate change that the area had started to experience. The forest trails take you to King Bakyara’s waterfall, blacksmith, local brewing distillery, beekeeper, and cattle farm and banana plantation. There is also millet bread preparation, craft and yogurt making.
Rubuguri Village Walk (NCC) – Cultural Encounters: The Rubuguri Village Walk is conducted in the south of Bwindi and takes you through the community life in Rubuguri. The inhabitants of this area have impressive traditions of Kiga and Kifumbira culture and taking a walk through their homesteads, the local swamp, and across the village with an encounter at the local St. Peters Primary School where you have opportunities of encountering the Kiga dance.
The Bwindi impenetrable national park has various attractions and these include mountain gorillas, other mammals like chimpanzees, monkeys and bush elephants, tree species, butterflies species, bird species, and the Batwa people.
Mountain gorillas; Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual Read More
The beautiful scenery; Bwindi is gifted with many hills such as Rwamunyonyi, Kahungye, Mubare, Rushura. All these are blanketed by various tree species which act as habitat for the diverse wildlife which in found in this great eco system. The hills can also act as a view point for the Virunga volcanoes in the far distance, lake Edward and George in queen Elizabeth Read More
Chimpanzee in Bwindi; These are close relatives of humans with a 99% matching DNA to that of humans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Bwindi impenetrable national park has the common chimpanzee species with an estimated population of 350 chimpanzees Read More
Black and white colobus monkeys; These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face and also at their tail ending, these strips are called mantle, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches Read More
Bird species in Bwindi; Bwindi impenetrable national park habituates about 348 bird species making it one of the biggest birding site in Uganda. The birds found here include the African green Broadbill The African green broadbill has a body length of 13.6-15.6cm and weighs between 29-32.5g. this bird has a short tail and a green broadbill. Read More
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest Park; Gorilla tracking is done in any of the four sectors of Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. Families in Ruhija include; Orozogo family, Bitukura family and Kyaguliro family. In Buhoma there is Habibanja family, Rushegura family, Mubare family and Katwe family. In Rushaga there is Nshongi family, Bweza family, Kahugye family, Busigye family, Mishaya family and Bikiyingi family. Read More
Nature walks in Bwindi Forest Park; The park has developed nature trails that can be taken by tourists and each of these can enable a tourist to have a glimpse at many of the bird species, primates, beautiful butterflies and the tree species at your disposal while in the park. These nature trails enable a tourist to indulge almost all his or her sensory organs while in the park because mother nature here keeps giving you more than what you imagined. Read More
Cultural visits in Bwindi Forest Park; These visits are aimed at creating a thrilling encounter between the tourists and the local communities in order to appreciate the culture and way of life of people living on the peripherals of this park and also develop an understanding of the challenges existing between the locals and the park. Some of the cultural encounters that can be undertaken by tourists include; the Batwa cultural experience. Read More
Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda & Chimps 10 days; This Uganda Safari is the highlight of Uganda Safaris & Tours. It features Gorilla trekking, wildlife game drives, chimps trekking, boat cruises and beautiful scenery viewing….. Read More