Buhoma Community Cultural WalkLocation: At the main entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Overlooking the imposing hillsides of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, with the mist swirling over the summits, this is one of the most dramatic settings for your cultural tour!
Your first stop is a handicraft shop run by the community women´s group. These skilled artisans create beautiful grass mats, wood carvings, dyed fabrics, handmade paper and natural beeswax candles. Next, you will meet the Batwa – former forest dwellers who perform songs and dances about the forest they are no longer permitted to live in. One of the most important community figures is the traditional healer – who not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants. The primary school visit gives an insight into life as a rural child in Buhoma, as you meet the friendly teachers and pupils.
You are sure to see many, many bananas on your travels through Uganda – and this tour concludes with an explanation of the different types – along with a demonstration of how they are used. Watch, taste and enjoy!
- Purchase beautiful crafts made by local women – and know that your money will help them take care of their families and send their children to school
- Hear the moving story of the Batwa people- they are working with local NGOs to purchase land in order to cultivate crops and finally become self-sufficient again.
- Meet the local healer. He can treat anything from stomach aches to impotence - a form of traditional Viagra!
- Learn the process of transforming bananas first refreshing banana juice, then to a popular beer (rwarwa) and finally to local gin (waragi). Will you dare to try it?!
- All 12 guides used are local, and the banana brewing and the sale of handicrafts benefit local producers
- The Batwa receive all the proceeds from their performances
- 20% of the fee goes to Buhoma Community Rest Camp Council which supports community development projects
- Since the Community Rest Camp opened, a community secondary school has been opened with funds from tourism. They also support a local primary school, are starting others, and fund local nurseries.
- A maize mill has abeen funded by the Rest Camp
- A microfinance "circle" has also been started in the community.
- Guided tour
Contact us for more information
Phone: +256-414501866 / +256-772657700
What to Bring
- Good walking shoes or boots – it can get muddy!
- Waterproof jacket or poncho, and warm layers – the weather is extremely changeable in the mountains
- Sun screen
- Sun hat
- Waterproof bag for cameras and other equipment