The Batwa Pygmies ~ Gorilla Tour Booking Safaris
Bwindi impenetrable forest’s mountain gorillas share their forest with the Batwa pygmies, a tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in its caves and trees for more than 4,000 years.

Although they never hunted gorillas, the Batwa’s proximity increased the risk of infection to animals that share 98 per cent of human DNA.
The Batwa pygmies

When the National Park was gazetted in 1991, the Batwa were evicted from the forest to protect the primates, becoming conservation refugees. With no land rights or compensation, they were left to fend for themselves, living in a society that stigmatised them and for which they were totally unprepared.

Only an estimated 4,000 Batwa live in south-west Uganda, about 1,000 of them in the Kanungu district, which includes Bwindi. In 2000, a survey conducted by an American physician, Dr Scott Kellerman, and his wife, Carol, revealed shocking statistics: life expectancy of the Batwa was 28 years, and four in 10 would die before their fifth birthday. The tribe was dying out, along with its unique culture and intimate knowledge of the forest.

Moved by their findings, the Kellermans founded the Bwindi Community Hospital, which today is a lively hub for Buhoma village. They have since helped to establish schools, homes, health clinics and water programmes.

A community preservation project, “The Batwa Cultural Experience”, has recently been developed by the Batwa in 100 acres of forest bought for them by Kellerman alongside the National Park. “But at least the Batwa Experience preserves their culture and traditions.

 At 5ft 2in, I’m quite petite, and the Batwa are smaller, but their diminutive stature belies their enormous strength.

The elders’ faces radiate sheer joy during their dancing display, full of jumps and rhythmic stomping, passionate, energetic and energising.

These also dress in goats-skin and backcloth.

We shall keep you posted


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