Western Uganda Guide

Batwa Experience

Batwa Experience

The Batwa, also known as the Twa people, are pygmies who are often referred to as the forest keepers due to the many years they lived in the Bwindi forest with animals. They are the original inhabitants of the Bwindi forest and are believed to have resided there for more than 300 years. In 1991, they were evicted from the forest for conservation purposes, which led them to live a beggar’s life just outside the forest with limited resources1. Despite their eviction, they are still deeply connected to the forest, maintaining their traditions through hunting, music, dancing, and storytelling. The Batwa live in small, congested houses and marry in their teens, which has led to a significant increase in their population.

The Batwa Experience is another day trip well worth making when staying in western Uganda and is described as "a hands-on, mind-opening adventure you will never forget." During your five hour stay you will share a traditional Batwa meal, hear legends and songs from yesteryear and even try a traditional Batwa bow and arrow in a mock hunting ritual.

The Batwa Experience was created by the Batwa themselves to preserve their ancient culture and ensure future generations were educated about their way of life. Your visit will make a financial contribution to ensure that legacy is secured. Trips cost around £50 + travel.

For more information visit: www.batwaexperience.com


Batwa Experience

Batwa Experience

Batwa Experience

Batwa Experience


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