Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is where the Batwa Trail takes place. Formerly Mgahinga park was a home to the Batwa tribe but unfortunately were evicted from Mgahinga Gorilla Park to conserve mountain gorillas an endangered species and were given no compensation because they had no title to land.
They were forced to abandon their low-impact, nomadic lifestyle. Now landless, they work when they can for local farmers, and the only time they are permitted to re-enter their cherished forest is as tour guides on Batwa Trail in Mgahinga where they invite visitors to discover the magic of their old home.
The Batwa Trail in Mgahinga operates across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Safari Park of Uganda. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you will see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and above all, a home. Along the Trail, you will fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions.
What to see during the Batwa Trail in Mgahinga
During the Batwa Trail in Mgahinga, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a striking and moving sense of the richness of this fading culture.
The Garama cave, a 200m long lava tube beneath Mt. Gahinga is the highlight of the Batwa Trail in Mgahinga .The Batwa or Pygimies are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is a celebration of the forest culture of the ‘first people’. It is imposible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude is a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress towards doing so.
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