Mzee Eriya Begumisa was born in Rweikiniro Sub County, in Rwampala County then Ankole District in the year 1910.

His mother was Butirigiri & father was Babigumira. The family shifted from Rwikiniro to Ntungamo Sub County where he grew up.

 

 

In the year 1926, he escaped from his home & went to another village called Karagwe in search of school, because that is where there was a church & teaching, writing and reading were available. He was baptized on 1st JAN 1928 by Rev. Yoeri Zzake. He was confirmed in the Christian church in April 1929 by Rt. Rev. Wills then Bishop of Uganda. He studied in Elementary Vernacular School (EVS) in 1930. He then went to a tertiary college where he qualified in the year 1934; he started a school Bugamba, which is now known as Bugamba Senior Secondary School in Rwampala County. In 1966, he retired from teaching and joined politics. In 1969, he retired from active politics and migrated from Bugamba to Rwenjeru on 16th April 1970.


The Birth of his Community Camp site Vision.

In 1969, Mzee Begumisa retired from active politics and migrated to Rwenjeru. Initially this community was part of Lake Mburo Natural Park but was later encroached on by the traditional pastoralists who settled in the surrounding communities. As Mzee Begumisa started to settle in his new acquired home, he realized that the future of wildlife in this game park was at a big risk of extinction due to the constant hunting of animals that was carried out by the people who used to kill the animals for meat and other traditional purposes. He later developed a big Vision of conserving nature, wildlife and environment after realizing the effects of poaching and environmental degradation. He started by reserving his 21 hectares of land to be transformed into a community camp site where conservation programs could be conducted in the future.


In 1995 together with his beloved wife late Kangyeya Agnes born 1913, he fulfilled his dream and started Rwenjeru Community Campsite (RCC) which was later registered in 2005. It was unfortunate he lost his beloved one in July 2016 with whom they had lived together in marriage for 79 years andthey had started the campsite. Before the demise of his wife the president of Republic of Uganda hosted the Ugandan long lived couple in marriage, in April-May 2015 for having been faithful to each other for 79 years till death did them part.


Due to the slow progress and publicity of the camp site, the number of guests, volunteers and travelers visiting this beautiful community has been very low until 2016 when family heads of Rwenjeru community established a collaboration with Great Trekkers Safaris a community based travel agency which is now supporting the camp site through promotion of sustainable and fair tourism projects within the communities of Rwenjeru.