Who are the Batwa
The Batwa are a historically marginalized community of pygmies who live in the outskirts of Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla national parks. The Batwa ancestral homes were forests, which got dismantled in the early 1990s when Bwindi and Mgahinga were officially recognized as conservation parks. The Batwa face social and economic hardships but with the rise of cultural tourism, there is hope that the lives of the Batwa will improve for the better.
The Batwa Trail
The Batwa Trail was established by Uganda Wildlife Authority in collaboration with other development partners as a means to boost economic opportunities for the Batwa through tourism. The tour rests on show casing the life the Batwa lived before they left the forests. During the half day tour, the Batwa demonstrate their hunting skills, construction of huts and fire making. The tour ends with a traditional “sorrow” song performed by Batwa women at the Garama cave, which used to be the royal palace for the Batwa chiefs. The tour can be booked at the Amajambere Camp.