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September 2017. Batwa guide, Machate Emanuel, leads the Buniga Community Forest Trail tour in his local language, The Batwa Pygmies were evicted from their home lands in the forest in the early 1990s when the National Parks were established, leaving them landless and poor in a society that saw them as a lower class. Today some of them try to make ends meet by hosting trail walks; cultural tours that include examples of where and how they use to live in the forest as well as singing, dancing, and handicrafts for sale. Nkuringo, Uganda. Photograph by Jason Houston for USAID

Bazanya Safaris encourages travelers to visit local people in their communities which is one way of contributing to the incomes of the locals. This is a win win for both travellers and the communities because it provides travelers with an opportunity to experience the community life and appreciate the daily lives of the people. You can request an activity in a community to be added on Uganda safari itinerary. Alternatively, you can spend days in the community or just hours participating in a chore or visit a local school. Our desire is that locals get to earn directly from the ‘tourism dollar’ and bring about development in their communities. This we realize also contributes heavily to conservation as they are protective of the wildlife they benefit from.

Visit local school/health centre: Here you can visit a local school or health center which takes anything between 1 to 3 hours depending on what you engage in while at the school/health center. This allows you to learn more about the education and health systems of the countries. You can bring along things to give a way to the people like scholastic materials, balls etc. If this is part of your itinerary, you are encouraged to carry along something to leave with the pupils or as a contribution to school or health center.

Village Walk:This takes you through the community stopping at various sites like tea/coffee farms (tea experience/coffee experience) if they have such in their village, a waterfall, distillation site of local gin, banana-beer brewing demonstration site, a traditional healer, a primary school, bird-watching in a community, music and performance. These walks are laid back and just provide an opportunity for you to interact with the community especially the children who are always eager to interact with visitors.This kind of walks can take approximately three hours depending on the sights and activities; however, visitors are free to choose the sites of particular interest and opt for a shorter itinerary.

Home stays: With more time and interest in immersing yourself further in the culture and community of the area you visit, you can choose a few days to stay with a local family. Here you will have the opportunity to get involved in the daily chores of this family and eat the traditional and adapted foods.

Community tours in Uganda

Bazanya Safaris encourages travelers to visit local people in their communities which is one way of contributing to the incomes of the locals. This is a win win for both travelers and the communities because it provides travelers with an opportunity to experience the community life and appreciate the daily lives of the people. You can request an activity in a community to be added on Uganda safari itinerary. Alternatively, you can spend days in the community or just hours participating in a chore or visit a local school. Our desire is that locals get to earn directly from the ‘tourism dollar’ and bring about development in their communities. This we realize also contributes heavily to conservation as they are protective of the wildlife they benefit from.

Visit local school/health center: Here you can visit a local school or health center which takes anything between 1 to 3 hours depending on what you engage in while at the school/health center. This allows you to learn more about the education and health systems of the countries. You can bring along things to give a way to the people like scholastic materials, balls etc. If this is part of your itinerary, you are encouraged to carry along something to leave with the pupils or as a contribution to school or health center.

Village Walk:This takes you through the community stopping at various sites like tea/coffee farms (tea experience/coffee experience) if they have such in their village, a waterfall, distillation site of local gin, banana-beer brewing demonstration site, a traditional healer, a primary school, bird-watching in a community, music and performance. These walks are laid back and just provide an opportunity for you to interact with the community especially the children who are always eager to interact with visitors.This kind of walks can take approximately three hours depending on the sights and activities; however, visitors are free to choose the sites of particular interest and opt for a shorter itinerary.

Home stays: With more time and interest in immersing yourself further in the culture and community of the area you visit, you can choose a few days to stay with a local family. Here you will have the opportunity to get involved in the daily chores of this family and eat the traditional and adapted foods.

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While we can’t tell you who your leader is prior to departure, we can tell you they will be awesome. Our leaders are experts in their regions, some because they’ve been travelling there for years, others because they’re local to the region and can’t wait to show you around. On longer journeys, or ones that travel through more than one country, you may change leaders part way through – but this just means double the awesomeness.

Although you won’t be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused, you can opt to sign off the trip if you need to leave a day or so earlier. If you let us know before travel that you’ll be arriving late or need to leave before the trips ends, we will notify our team on the ground to best accommodate your requirements.