Join us on an incredible two week expedition to Uganda to spend a week learning traditional skills and craft from the pygmy forest people, the Batwa, before heading into Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest in the Virunga Mountains, home of the Great Ape – the Mountain Gorilla.
As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” We will join them to learn their ancient ways of living and hunting, learning about medicinal plants and craft, and joining them on walks through the forest to observe the way they lived harmoniously with the forest wildlife. In doing so, we are directly supporting these people since their eviction from their ancestral natural homes that they have lived in for 60,000 years, when Bwindi became a national park to protect the 350 remaining mountain gorillas back in 1992.
We will take the spirit of what we have learnt from the Batwa and apply it in our second week which will be spent in the rainforest, monitoring the wildlife, recording everything from spore to spoor. We will be using non invasive techniques such as tracking (spoor) and camera traps to record all wildlife encounters as part of a long term monitoring project set up collaboratively between Panash Adventures and the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help better understand and conserve the wildlife there. The expedition will culminate with searching for the Mountain Gorillas!
*If two weeks in this beautiful country isn’t enough for you then please see our option for an extra week add on .