Nkuringo Community Experience
Location: Nkuringo, bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Congo border
Set in a lush hillside bordering Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with dramatic views towards Congo, Nkuringo is a wonderful place to visit for those who want both a cultural experience and beautiful scenery.
Step back in time with a visit to Nicholas the blacksmith, who beats knives and machetes into shape in coals fired by his father´s sheepskin bellows. Sesilia will welcome you into her home – a series of traditional huts used for grinding millet, cooking over an open fire and distilling waragi gin. Pena is the village´s traditional healer – and she will show you how she uses native plants to make tea, ointments and powder to cure all manner of ills.
Visitors with extra time can request a visit to the school, hike up to the top of a hill overlooking the Congo border or see the piggery project in action – just let us know!
- The blacksmith´s art has changed little in centuries – watch how a shapeless lump of iron is magically transformed into a sharp knife!
- Greet local residents as you stroll through the village streets enjoying the spectacular scenery
- Learn the secrets of the Impenetrable Forest as the traditional healer shows how leaves and bark are used to treat headaches, pneumonia, polio and “bewitched legs”!
- The tour and craft shop are operated by the Nkuringo Conservation and Development Foundation (NCDF). The community conserves the gorillas in this area, and in return are able to benefit from gorilla tourism through the development of community tourism activities in Nkuringo.
- All guides and NCDF staff are local, and all profits from the sale of crafts are returned to the artisans
- The local Batwa community are also supported and promoted through NCDF
- 30% of the tour fee goes to NCDF, 30% to the community guides and 40% to the site owners
- NCDF trains a group of local orphans who perform at the community-owned Clouds Lodge – guests can arrange to sponsor an orphan (selected by a local committee)
- Guided walk and all demonstrations
Contact us for more information
Phone: +256-414501866 / +256-772657700
Two to three hours, depending on preferences
What to Bring
- Good walking shoes (it can get muddy)
- Waterproof jacket and warm layers as the climate is extremely changeable
- Sun screen and hat
- Money for tips (please give to your guide after the tour) and craft purchases from the NCDF shop
$10 US per person