- On May 22, 2018
- In safari
Uganda Batwa”pygmies” Culture
Uganda is the Pearl of Africa as it was mentioned by Sir Winston Churchill back in the 1908 after him being exposed to Uganda’s magnificent variety of different forms and color, for profusion of brilliant life of birds, insects, reptiles and many other kinds of wildlife in Uganda’s Jungle.
Batwa “Pygmies” happen to be one of the oldest tribe in Africa. They roamed the forests looking for fruits and honey, they used to hunt with bows and arrows with trained dogs to help them get their prey. Unfortunately the woods were cut down by the Bantu hence causing to their departure and them diminishing in number, later on they were evicted from Uganda’s National Park in 1992 without compensation hence forcing them to occupy the game park boundaries and others fled to unknown areas.
Of recent different NGO’s have come up with different kinds of help like Building Schools and health centers as it’s been witnessed in Rushaga “Bwindi Impenetrable National Park”.
A culture tour across the Batwa premises in Mgahinga National Park will reward you with several activities to encounter these include:
The Batwa traditional dance performance, demonstrations on they used to carry out hunting and fruit gathering and their traditional way of lighting fire while in the jungle.
Forest walk at Nkuringo and the Batwa trail in Mgahinga National Park, Echuya Forest reserve located between Kabale and Kisoro is a montane rain forest with the third remaining part of the extensive ancient woods that covered most of the region, here you encounter a different approach of Batwa Trails.
The Echuya forest happens to be a great birding destination and home to blue monkeys, Colobus monkeys and group of baboons.