The Batwa cultural experience at Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Uganda explores the culture of the Batwa forest peoples & their role in conserving the mountain gorillas.
The Batwa, who number more than 2,000, are settled around the national parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The Batwa used to live in the gorilla parks but were removed in the early 1990s to pave the way for conservation of the mountain gorilla parks, which destroyed the Batwa’s economic life entirely.
That is why Bamboo Ecotours sees ecotourism as a means to break the poverty cycle among the Batwa families. During the Batwa cultural experience at Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Uganda, the Batwa families will share their history, culture, and contemporary life with the visitors. After the tour, the guests will realize that there is an opportunity cost to preserve the mountain gorilla habitat, so ecotourism must generate economic opportunities for the Batwa families.
The Batwa cultural experience at Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Uganda takes you to the Batwa community adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park. You'll explore how the Batwa indigenous populations lived in the gorilla forests before eviction in the early 1990s.
Trained local cultural guides lead the cultural experience. Through dance and drama plays, the Batwa will showcase their ancestral practices such as hunting and fruit gathering, fire making, and construction of grass thatched huts. The Batwa currently resides on the outskirts of Mgahinga gorilla national park and in the periphery of Bwindi National Park.
The Batwa, who no longer access the forests for economic survival, struggle to meet necessities for daily life. The income collected from the Batwa cultural visit supports Batwa families to get basic household necessities.