Community-based tourism (CBT) refers to a variety of tourist-host interactive activities that generate economic and social benefits for the host communities. CBT enables rural communities to participate in tourism development to supplement their household incomes.
The formation of Community-based Organizations among host communities facilitates this achievement. Community-based tourism in Uganda primarily relies on the establishment of such organizations. In particular, a Community-based organization is an organization that aims at making desired improvements to a community’s social health, well-being, and overall functioning. Community organization occurs in geographically, psychosocially, culturally, spiritually, and digitally bounded communities. It involves community work, community building/development, community mobilization, and community empowerment. They are also charged with the following roles;
For those interested in community-based tourism in Uganda, Safari Vacations and Travel Services stands out as the ideal tour operator to contact. We specialize in crafting tailor-made packages and itineraries perfectly suited for individuals who actively seek to explore communities involved in conservation and tourism. Our expertise lies in creating bespoke packages and itineraries that cater specifically to individuals who are eager to explore communities actively participating in conservation and tourism development. In Uganda, there are several community-based organizations that you would like to visit on your journey in Africa. Below are some of them whose organization and benefits would be good to fix in the itinerary.
Bigodi Community-based Tourism
KAFRED is located on the outskirts of Kibale National Park and was found in Bigodi in 1992. Its purpose and objective is to protect the local environment while advancing health, education, and economic growth in the wider local community. John Tinka of Bigodi is a founder and the continuing Program Manager. The group’s emblem is the great blue turaco, a majestic bird found in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. The Organization’s emblem is a great blue turaco which inhabits the Bigodi wetland, conserved by the community. KAFRED was formed with the vision of seeing communities live in harmony with nature. The mission was and is to advocate for the management and sustainable use of natural resources in and around Bigodi wetlands for the development of the Rwenzori region.
KAFRED has two main achievements and these are;
KAFRED operates under the complete management of the community, with an elected committee representing the community chosen during the Annual General Meeting. Tourism activities, such as the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary walk, actively redirect revenues into community projects that specifically enhance education, health, and sanitation. Moreover, the local community serves as the primary workforce, with exceptions made only in cases where specific skills are required. KAFRED allocates its net income to various community development projects, including those funded by donations from volunteers. By prioritizing local employment and utilizing locally sourced materials, KAFRED contributes to the overall development of the area. Furthermore, additional income-generating activities in the region, such as agriculture and employment opportunities in neighboring Kibale National Park, further enhance this holistic development.
KAFRED’s main aim reads in part: “… and the conservation of natural resources, wetlands in particular”. Community development projects have been funded with income from tourism. Some of the ways through which KAFRED has improved Biodiversity and conservation are as follows;
The local community around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda initiated and manages the Buhoma Community Development Association (BCDA), a community-based business enterprise. Established in 1993, its purpose is to empower residents to earn a sustainable livelihood while promoting the conservation of the unique ecosystem. Situated at the entrance of the park, BCDA plays a vital role in fostering community development and environmental conservation. One of the main reasons that led to the creation of BCDA was to position the local communities around the National Park to earn a living through methods that would not destroy the biodiversity in their living environment. Simultaneously, its objectives included enhancing the socio-economic income of the communities in Mukono parish by elevating education standards, improving healthcare, empowering women, and promoting conservation. This was achieved through the establishment of a sustainable resource base within our communities.
BCDA has registered several successes which lie in conservation, social, and economic categories and these include;
This demonstrates how community-based tourism can thrive in Uganda and other regions grappling with the co-existence of wildlife and humans. In other words, it is an experience that one would cherish, considering that a visit to a particular National Park not only provides a fulfilling experience for the tourist but also contributes to the continuous efforts of local communities in resource conservation. Consequently, the quality of life for these communities keeps improving due to the positive impact of tourism.
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