Filming the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda – where to film the Batwa pygmies in Uganda
Filming the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda – Uganda is the best place to make your film documentary about the Batwa Pygmies in Africa. The Batwa Pygmies in Africa inhabit parts of southern Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. This Batwa population is estimated to about 70,000 people in Africa, and about 3000 remaining in Uganda, they are an endangered tribe who have suffered mass displacement by the Ugandan government to make way for conservation and protection of wildlife.
Filming the Batwa Pygmies will give you an insight into their traditions, language, and their communities. At Great Adventure Safaris, we highly recommend that before starting on your filming project, do get in touch with a local fixer who will guide you on how to film, process your filming permits, do scouting, Press Accreditation, Kit clearing customs as well as transport and accommodation.
The Batwa people were once specialists in hunting and gathering in the mountains and lowland forests around southwestern Uganda. Batwa speaks several different languages today, in some areas, the Ugandan Batwa prefers to call them Abayanda. Despite different names, all recognize their shared Batwa identity and the majority only refer to themselves as Batwa. They have a rich history of their way of life; Great Adventure Safaris will help to organize your film production about the Batwa Pygmies.
Where to film Batwa Pygmies in Uganda?
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
The Batwa people can be filmed in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the Batwa Pygmy tribe once co-habited in harmony with the Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi forest, south-western part of Uganda. When Bwindi forest became a protected area, National Park, and world heritage, the pygmies were forcefully evacuated from the forest to protect the endangered Gorillas and the biodiversity of the forest. The Mountain Gorillas are key attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which you can film as well.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda in Kanungu, Kabale, and Kisoro districts, it is one of the only two National Parks in Uganda where you can film, 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 the best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. The Batwa tribe are found in the different sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park namely Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija, and Nkuringo sectors. You can film all the sectors for a great production.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also one of the best places to film Batwa Pygmies in Uganda and the Pygmies here once lived in the forest as well and were later evacuated. With the cultural trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you will be able to film the ancient ways of the Batwa people who once lived within the forest and also explore their ancient cultures. The dense forests on the foothills of Virunga Volcanoes used to be their comfortable homes where they lived as hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors depending on the forest for food, herbal medicine, and food.
You will be able to film the Batwa trail, The Batwa Trail leads from the base of Muhuvura Cave in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and the walk is a living museum where you can learn about the Batwa People. These people were hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food, and medicine. This walk is conducted by Batwa guides who provide insights into their traditional forest life and culture. The Batwa demonstrate their past hunting techniques ways of gathering honey, fruits, leaves, firewood. You can also make a documentary about the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, the cultural dances, and lifestyle. Contact Great Adventure Safaris to help you with all permissions process to film the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda.
Batwa Pygmies are also found on an Island in Lake Bunyonyi which is also one of the best places to film this indigenous tribe. Lake Bunyonyi is also found in south-western Uganda in the district of Kabale and Kisoro and it has 29 Islands on it. You will take a canoe boat ride to the Islands where some Batwa communities are settling near the Echuya Forest, you will be able to film their lifestyle on those Islands. Great Adventure Safaris will help in the ground handling of all the services for pre-production, production, and post-production.
The Batwa people lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle where men used simple spears or bows and arrows to catch birds, monkeys, and small antelopes, and bush pigs, while the women gathered wild honey, fruits and berries. They relied entirely on the rainforest for their existence, living in grass huts and dressing in the skins of the animals they killed.
Requirements to film Batwa Pygmies in Uganda
Filming the Batwa pygmies indigenous tribe in Uganda is very possible and will match your production expectations about their lifestyle, traditions, language, and life after staying in the forest and their culture. You will need to have a filming permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority and other Authorities, Media Cards from Uganda Media Council, and all permissions. You are required to also pay fees of 40% of the activity fees, 15% Monitoring fees on top of the actual activity cost. Then for your filming equipment will also need to be cleared with customs at the point of entry. Contact us at Great Adventure Safaris we will be able to process both the filming permits, Uganda Media Cards, Accommodation, transportation for you as well as guide and help you with clearance processes at the point of entry into Uganda.