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To celebrate the building of the Gahinga Batwa Village, a film entitled The Batwa of Mgahinga has been launched.
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Volcanoes Safaris and Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), with the support of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund and Volcanoes' guests, has built a permanent village for the Batwa.
Guests staying at Mount Gahinga Lodge can share the culture of this ancient people.
About 10 acres of land has been purchased to allow them to build homes, a community centre and have land for agricultural and recreational use.
The Batwa harvested the first season of their produce in June 2018 and next season they expect to sell some of it to the neighbouring markets to earn a livelihood.
12 sheep and 2 goats have been bought thanks to profits from the sale of Batwa crafts at the Vocational Centre and to the Batwa dancers’ performances.
The next priorities of the project are to improve health, provide water and set up adult literary classes.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.