Known as the Buhoma Mukono Community Development Association which is found in Buhoma the popular Uganda gorilla safari destination, the association brings together a count of 7,000 local people to tap the benefits presented by tourism to develop the community and improve livelihood not forgetting natural resource conservation.
The Association is working hard to secure sustainable jobs for the
community members and empowerment in skills development to work as
guides among other aspects. This is seen as a way of mobilizing the
community to gain from tourism revenue that is generated from the
travelers that plan gorilla safaris to Uganda.
The community initiative has gone ahead to carry out two (2) impressive
investments in form of safari lodges namely; the Haven and the Buhoma
Community Rest Camp. The revenue that is gathered from these
developments is spread in the communal projects including the Buhoma
Community High School, Buhoma Community Primary School, Buhoma Gravity
Water Flow Scheme, Buhoma Cooperative Savings and Credit Society and
Pineapple and Vegetable Growing Project. These accommodation units
present affordable community organized overnight stay for the travellers
on Gorilla safaris in Uganda.
The Community initiative is in the hands of the local people that stay
in Mukono Parish in the district of Kanungu. It has a functioning
constitution and its promulgation incorporated the views of the members.
It came to existence in the year 1992 when the American Peace Corps
Volunteer John Dubois along with Uganda Wildlife Authority and the local
people. The organization got support from Institute Of Tropical Forest
Conservation, International Gorilla Conservation Program and Bwindi
Mgahinga Conservation Trust to build capacity and contribute to its
The Haven Lodge features two (2) impressively designed
double / twin cottages and one (1) family cottage all featuring en suite
facilities. The Buhoma Community Camp features six (6) en suite safari
tents, three (3) self-contained cottages, two (2) non self-contained
twin bandas and a six (6) bed dormitory along with a camp site. This
shows how Buhoma Community has tapped into the benefits of tourism
revenue brought in by the travelers on Uganda gorilla safaris and tours.
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