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The Batwa Pygmies, Bwindi National Park
The Batwa experience is a one unique cultural experience within the tropical jungle of Bwindi impenetrable national park. The Batwa are pygmies who originally lived in the jungle in harmony with the giants who have propelled many to undertake a gorilla safari Uganda. Many enjoy the Batwa experience as they themselves take tourists through the tales and stories of their culture, but do you know about the Batwa? Keep reading for more surprising facts
Who Are The Batwa?
Batwa pygmies are a hunter-gatherer tribe who lived in caves and trees of the forests for hundreds of years. Most of the pygmies have a height on average less than 150 cm (4 ft 11 in) tall. They are restricted to the mountain range areas of Bwindi and Virunga.
A relatively large number of the Batwa are still existent in the south western part of Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park. As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as the Keepers of the Forest.
Batwa people survived by hunting small animals using arrows or nets and collecting plants and fruit in the rain forest. They lived in huts made of leaves and tree branches and didn’t live in a specific place. For years the Batwa lived in harmony with the mountain gorillas and today they are part of the conservation process as they take Uganda gorilla tour visitors through their former home.
The Batwa People
How Did The Batwa Experience Start?
In a bid to conserve the diverse Bwindi forest, the Batwa were relocated to the lower slopes of the mountain. In need to preserve their culture, the Batwa started the Batwa experience as a way of sharing their culture with the rest of the world.
Today, the Batwa communities are benefiting from tourism and making a living that keeps them from poaching and turns them towards conservation of the forest and its inhabitants. They entertain Uganda gorilla trekking safari tourists with their traditional dance that you are free to join. This is done outside the conserved area as they take you through how they prepared food, did hunt and any other aspect of life.
Batwa Cultural Dance
Experiencing the rich culture of the Batwa doesn’t only stop in Bwindi, it can also be encountered in Mgahinga gorilla national park. Having this experience will leave you with memories of a great unique culture that remained to be hosted by the foothills of the tropical rainforest. To have a great experience plan a safari with a gorilla safari tour operator in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Don’t miss a once in life experience, go meet the Batwa and have a glimpse of what you didn’t expect existed.