Batwa History; These were people who lived in harmony in the forest and its creatures such as the rare mountain gorillas, plants, vegetation. However, are the people who lived in peace with endangered mountain gorillas and could eat together in harmony. Furthermore, the anthropologists estimate that pygmy tribes like the Batwa have been existing in the equatorial forests of Africa for over 60,000 years and more. In 1992, their lives   changed forever since forest had turned into a game reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In other words, Batwa are the nomadic hunter –gatherers who once used to live widely across the forest areas that extends across much of what in now Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In Uganda, the unique people – the Batwa people can be found in the south western Uganda in the district of Bundibugyo, Kabale and Rukungiri. More so, before the existence of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda the area was the home of the Batwa, this happened before they were evicted thus causing them to become dependent on the Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Conservation Trust.

Batwa History
Batwa History

More then, there are also related other Batwa called Echuya Batwa who are an endangered group of people around Echuya Forest Reserve in Kisoro and Kabale district in southwestern Uganda. However, the Echuya lies in the Albertine Rift region recognized as an important eco-region.

Currently, the Batwa people of Uganda live around the Bwindi Impenetrable national park a home to half remaining mountain gorillas in the world and also a home to biodiversity of species on the earth the endangered mountain gorillas. Although some few years back, thousands of years, before gazette into the forest was home to an indigenous people known as ‘’the Batwa Pygmies. Originally who were ancient dwellers of the jungle. The Batwa are known as ‘’The Keepers of the Forest.’’

Historically, these small –statured people is long and rich, who survived on hunting small game while using arrows or nets and gathering of plants and fruits in the rainforest.  More then, Batwa lived in huts while constructed with leaves and branches who used to move frequently in search of fresh supplies of food.

Fortunately, due to lack of shelter, many died during the early years of exile and the tribes were very existence severally threatened. At the beginning of 2001, there came care take – American medical missionaries Dr. Scott and Carol Kellerman who dedicated themselves to serve the Batwa in southwestern Uganda for decades. This care taker had to purchase land in order to establish programs to improves conditions of the tribe   through home building ,building schools ,  hospitals and clinics ,water supply and sanitation projects ,income generations and  the promotion of indigenous rights.

The activities are now being assumed by the Batwa and other local staff through the ‘’Batwa Development Programs.

 How to help them /Way to help the Batwa People;

You can do donation   to the Kellerman Foundation in the ‘’in the U.S whatever contribution you make stands us tax’s deductible charitable contribution.

Other way, you can contribute to them through booking your reservation to visit the Batwa Experience at Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Batwa History
Batwa History

You can support them, through visiting their craft shop where you can be able to buy Batwa baskets, and other beautiful handmade material while on Gorilla safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National park or Mgahinga Gorilla national park.

 The Batwa people they survived till today on hunting and gathering fruits from the forest and today their number has decreased due to the way of their poor live hood.

For that reason, the Batwa will achieve life in all its fullness. The support you make remains crucial to their survival.

The best way to reach out to Batwa take a Gorilla Safari Tours to Uganda’s Gorilla destination mostly a visit to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, both found in southwestern Uganda, estimate 8 to 9 hours from Kampala to main destination or Use a domestic flight from Entebbe Airport by Aero airline to fly you to Kihihi airstrip near Bwindi or Kisoro to Mgahinga Gorilla national park flies with in 1:30 hours to land.

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