Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Batwa Become Guides in Their Ancestral Homes

The origin people known as the Batwa that lived in Mgahinga forest and Bwindi Impenetrable forest over 20 years ago have decided to work as tour guides in their inherited areas turned into national parks.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has employed the Batwa as guides in Mountaingorilla tracking in Mgahinga National Park and also sell their hand crafts and entertain the tourists with their cultural dance.
The United States Agency for International Development has spent $31,000 in the rehabilitation of the Batwa trail and has been used to train the Batwa as tour guides, improve the walkways, shelters and the lighting along the trails.34 Batwa have been trained and employed as guides in the park. The trail has raised a lot of revenue and the money has been shared equally with Batwa communities and UWA.

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