Buhoma is one of the four gorilla sector headquarters found in the North of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu district where gorilla tracking of different gorilla families takes Place and Top cultural activities in Buhoma region of Bwindi. It is under the management of Uganda Wildlife authority a government body in charge of all National Parks in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in southwestern Uganda and is a habitat to half of the remaining gorillas in the World, and this gives you 98% chances for you to view and see the gorillas and if you have more time you can as well look out for these Top cultural activities in Buhoma region of Bwindi
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National park is divided into different sections/sectors where you can do the Gorilla tracking experience namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector.
What are the Top cultural activities in Buhoma region of Bwindi?
Batwa Cultural experience
The Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet, a profusion of exotic plants and animals that includes the endangered mountain gorilla. For thousands of years, the forest was also home to an indigenous people called the Batwa pygmies. The Batwa were known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” Of the ancient Bwindi Jungle. The Batwa survived by hunting small game using arrows or nets and gathering plants and fruit in the rain forest. They lived in huts constructed of leaves and branches, moving frequently in search of fresh supplies of food. The Batwa lived in harmony with the forest and its creatures, including the mountain gorillas, for millennia. Some anthropologists estimate that pygmy tribes such as the Batwa have existed in the equatorial forests of Africa for 60,000 years or more.
In 1992, the Bata were removed/Evicted from the forest when the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest became a national park and World Heritage Site to protect the 350 endangered mountain gorillas within its boundaries, so they had to occupy unforested Land. The Batwa cultural experiences is one of the top most things to do in Buhoma s you will an opportunity to experience this unique culture, dances, traditions like hunting, fruit gathering among others. This Cultural activity is one of the best things to do in Buhoma and Bwindi when you visit.
Community Walks in Buhoma
There is three-hour village walk begins with a visit to the handcraft shop selling handmade artefacts such as fabrics, beeswax candles and wood carvings, all produced by talented local craftsmen and women. The neighboring Batwa community performs songs and dances about their former life in the forest, introducing you to another unique local culture. You will also meet the traditional healer who treats the sick with medicinal plants, and the teachers and pupils of the local primary school. Finally, you can learn how bananas are used to make juice, beer and gin and taste the results. You will encounter the local community members as you experience the African culture.
Shopping Local Crafts
Going shopping at local shops especially the Batwa Craft Bandas for authentic and unique craft items which are locally made by the local people in the community. You will be able to shop souvenirs made by raw materials locally and this will support the communities in Buhoma region of Bwindi.
Conservation through public health (CTPH)
Conservation through Public Health (CTPH) is a grassroots organization that has improved the health of wildlife, livestock and some of the poorest people in Africa. In Buhoma, visitors can take a tour of the Gorilla Health Centre to learn about their health and how diseases are transmitted between wild animals and livestock, as well as other conservation issues addressed by CTPH.
You will tour the Village Aquaponics project where you will learn about sustainable methods of farming fish, which is then sold to local lodges. If booked in advance, CTPH staff can also offer presentations on conservation issues in Bwindi and guided tours of local communities to demonstrate how improving the health and livelihoods of people and their livestock supports the conservation of gorillas.
Where to stay in Buhoma region of Bwindi.
Buhoma being the backbone of gorilla tourism in Uganda, It has a lot of infrastructure in terms of Lodges and hotels ranging from Budget, Midrange, Luxury and Upmarket. Depending on your budget and availability of space, Eco Adventure Safaris will book you the best lodge with en-suite private toilet and bathroom, access to power, Wi-Fi and standard service as per the gorilla tour package booked with us, You can opt to stay at Buhoma community rest camp as budget, Buhoma Havens as Midrange, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany springs as a luxury option and Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp as the Upmarket Lodge. All these lodges have great views of the forest and very calm and comfortable for your stay.
How to get to Buhoma region of Bwindi
Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park can be accessed from Kampala/Entebbe by road for an approximately 8-9hours drive. You will be able to see the beautiful landscape, the Equator, people and shops. You can also access Buhoma from Kigali as it is even a short drive of about 5-6hours and also you have a lot to see on the road.
Buhoma can also be accessed by air transport. There is Kihihi Airstrip which is very close to Buhoma and has daily domestic flights by domestic Airline companies. We can as well book your flights to Buhoma, and you Land at Kihihi Airstrip which is very close to the Park Headquarters and accessible to all Lodges where you can stay
Why book top cultural activities in Buhoma region of Bwindi with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris is a Local tour operator based in Uganda with its head offices in Entebbe. Eco Adventure Safaris is run and owned by Ugandans. We specialize in life changing experiences and sustainable tours and holidays to all East African countries with cultural experiences. We are members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and are registered by UTB (Uganda Tourism Board). We have a good and long working relationship with UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) and Local communities making it easy to book entrance fees and cultural safari to Buhoma. Contact us here about the Top cultural activities in Buhoma region of Bwindi