Birding and Batwa Cultural Experience at Echuya Forest

Birding Excursion at Echuya

Abundant Endemic Birds

Learn About the Batwa Culture

Explore the sights of southwestern Uganda’s hidden gem, Echuya Forest Reserve, an Important Birding Area. Learn about the forest reserve endemic bird species such as Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, learn about the rich history of the Echuya forest reserve, and explore the culture of the Batwa Community of the Echuya forest. Choose between a half-day birding tour or a full-day birding or book the Batwa Cutlraul Tour as a stand-alone activity.

Tour Highlights

Track through Muchuya swamp to spot endemic bird species of this Afromontane forest

Experience the cultural of the Batwa community of Echuya forest region

Learn about conservation projects and efforts to preserve this important forest

Discover why Echuya forest reserve is an Important Birding Area

Learn about the local communities and how the forest ties in with their traditions

Discover the linkage between gorilla tourism and sustainable tourism in the Bwindi national park region

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Trip Details

Trip Details


Adults (10-70): $30 (Half Day Birding); $50 Full Day Birding; $30 Batwa Tour

Departure Time

  • Start Time at 9:00 am
  • Full Day Tour ends at 4:00 pm

Meeting Point

Tour guide to meet up at your hotel in Kisoro or Lake Mutanda


Monday to Sunday, year-round


3hours (half day); 5hrs (full day)

Difficulty Level


Group size

1 to 10 persons


  • Activity fee

Not Included

  • Transport to Echuya forest
  • Meals
  • Tips

What to Bring

  • Hiking boots
  • Garden gloves
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Long-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Cameras and extra batteries
  • Hat/cap and sunglasses
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Other items to include: zoom lens for wildlife shots and energy bars/bites

Participation Requirements

  • Age restriction: Participants must be aged between 10 and 70 years old

Good to Know

English speaking tour will be provided during the excursion.

What You’ll Do

Bamboo Ecotours organizes a day tour to the Echuya Forest Reserve primarily focusing on bird watching. The tour can start from the nearby Kisoro town or any lodge in the vicinity of the forest. A Bamboo Ecotours tour guide will meet clients at the lodge or in Kisoro town at 9:00am and travel together to the activity site at the Echuya Forest. The birding excursions will take the full morning and after a short break for lunch (packed lunch recommended), the guests have three options:

  1. Drive back to the lodge after the half-day tour
  2. Extend the birding experience to a full day
  3. Visit a nearby Batwa Village for a cultural experience and learn about the life of the Batwa Indigenous communities. After the Batwa Cultural Tour, the guests and the tour guide will drive back to the lodge.

The Batwa Cultural experience at the Echuya Forest Reserve can also be booked as a separate tour independent of bird watching.

Cost: USD30 per person (Half Day Tour) and USD50 per person for the Full Day Birding Experience. The Batwa Tour is USD30 per person.

The price does not cover transportation from downtown Kisoro or lodge to the Echuya Forest. No meals are included in the quoted prices.

Guest opting for a full day Echuya forest experience are expected to carry packed lunch and sufficient drinking water.

For reservations, contact us at: or WhatsApp: +256779499670

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