KISORO, UG — A revamped trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will allow tourists to explore cultural sites in the footsteps of the Batwa tribe in southwest Uganda.
The three-kilometer trail winds through the dense forests of the Muhabura mountain range, known for its troops of golden monkeys and mountain gorillas-two of the most endangered species in the world.
The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), with the support of U.S. Mission Uganda and the American people, commissioned new markers along the trail that are expected to boost tourism revenue in the park by approximately 50 percent over the next two years.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at the U.S. Mission is investing $31,000 to train Batwa people to serve as guides and to improve lighting, walkways, and shelters along the trail. These new features are expected to add $12,500 per year to national tourism revenue, with 50 percent going to approximately 200 local residents.