Uganda is culturally diverse and such indigenous tribes qualify her as a notable destination for authentic Africa Safari tours. The Batwa People have remarkable history of unique art and way of life that dates far back to the prehistoric era.
thriving to the South west of the country, their settlement history is
very rich and the symbols of art indicate that they at one time occupied
a greater part of East Africa. The series of rock paintings including
Nyero in Kumi to the East of Uganda and Dolwe Islands in Lake Victoria
act as evidence of their historic settlements. Such historical art is
still at the center of the Uganda Safari products.
the influx of the Bantu tribal groups, the Batwa were pushed into the
forests and started to live a hunter gather culture until they were
evicted to pave way for conservation of endangered species including the
Mountain Gorillas which are highly sought after by travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda.
Now, they thrive on the boundaries of Bwindi Impenetrable National
Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Semuliki National Park and Echuya
forest reserve all in South Western Uganda.
It can be noted that
their integration with the community has taken long since they were
totally green in a range of normal life aspects including agriculture.
As a result, the Batwa have since lived a vulnerable life and a range of
local and International relief Organizations have always come in for
support in terms of food, medication, water, clothing and shelter. The
travelers on Safaris in Uganda also visit them and the payments made help to make their ends meet.
Batwa used to survive on forests for food, medical care and shelter.
And as part of Collaborative management, the Uganda Wildlife Authority
established the Batwa Heritage trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
where the world travelers interested in the heritage of the Batwa can
undertake under the guidance of the Batwa themselves. The percentage of
this money is put together to buy land where the Batwa can be resettled