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Batwa Experience

| Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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Educational and fun experience

The man who does it all, Hillary, form the Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge walked us into town and... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2018
Catherine A
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Libertyville, Illinois
Worth the addition

Great theatrical presentation. We really enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend. It is a... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
JudyJudyJudyH
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The Batwa Experience is a historical reenactment by the Batwa Pygmy people of what their life used to be like in the forest. Highlights include learning about medicinal herbs, traditional shelters, fire making, honey harvesting, burial rituals, different types of snares, and more. The Batwa do not just demonstrate their culture for tourists, but also for their own children, so they strive for authenticity. The experience was designed by a professional anthropologist together with Batwa elders who had lived in the forest. Proceeds from the tour go to Batwa education and healthcare. The tour is governed in part by Batwa. FRAUD ALERT! Make sure your guide is either Levi or Sylvia. They have photos on their name tags. If you book by email, you will get copies of their photos. Tourist drivers sometimes take tourists to other tours that call themselves "Batwa Experience" in exchange for kickbacks. If in doubt, see Constance or Josum at the Batwa Craft Banda. They usually wear name tags. The banda has adjacent signage with the TripAdvisor logo, and is 30 meters north of the Park Gate on the east side of the road. HOURS: Call the tour or have your lodge call the tour early in the morning of the tour or the day before. It takes 4 hours notice to organize the longer tour, two hours for the shorter tour. You can also book before you travel, using the phone number, email, or website for this property. OPTIONS: Visitors have two options: The full experience lasts 3 to 4 hours and involves a hill climb that is done slowly in stages. Visitors may also elect a shorter version which runs for one hour and has fewer features, but does not include climbing a hill. The shorter version goes to the contemporary Buhoma Batwa settlement. Visitors on the long walk can also request a visit to this settlement. PRICING: Quote is $70 for two to four visitors. Pricing is lower per person for larger groups, and higher for single visitors. Price is $30 for the Batwa Walk. LOCATION: The booking office is located just north of the Buhoma entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the first establishment on the east side of the road going north from the gate. Tours begin 1 km northeast of the park entrance, past Bwindi Community Hospital.
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The man who does it all, Hillary, form the Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge walked us into town and escorted us on the Batwa Experience walk. (Thanks Hillary!) It was so educational learning about the Batwa culture and how they were "relocated" when Bwindi NP was...More

Thank Catherine A
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Great theatrical presentation. We really enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend. It is a re-enactment of course but really interesting and fun! Some crafts at the end you can buy if you like.

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

This is a very interesting activity, relatively unknown compared to the Gorilla Trekking. If you are in Bwindi to experience the Gorillas, take the time to experience The Batwa. This is a 5 to 6 hour activity and is not suitable for persons unable to...More

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

I had the pleasure of going on the Batwa experience when I was in Uganda on holiday on November. It was truly an unforgettable experience and was very interesting. The guide who takes you is very knowledgeable and is a very humble man as he...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We signed up for the authentic Batwa Development Program- Batwa Experience. This is a four hour trip. They describe it as a “strenuous “ hike. We took just over five to complete because we were busy dancing with the tribe but it was strenuous and...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

I had the privilege of going on this trail. It was fun education and enjoyable and if you get the chance do go. Funds raised help these people who were displaced when their home became a national park it is a first class experience. Watching...More

1  Thank Petertheredhead
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Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you for your encouraging review.

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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed ourselves! Even thou it was a little staged one is not discourage and it is still very authentic! High recommend for an afternoon/evening activity. Dylan @ Brandt Safaris

Thank Dylan B
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Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your review. Of course it is a bit staged, and the Batwa are role playing. However, the program was designed by an anthropologist, and originally it was conceived as a demonstration for Batwa children who no longer live in the forest. Paul

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The visit was nice, but no real added value. We felt that we they were continously lying to us. For example, they told us that the woman that we were seeing was 128 years old and she was dancing and moving vigorously without problems... For...More

Thank Jordi B
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Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Dear Jordi B. The Batwa of Batwa Experience do not lie about a 128 year old woman. They do not ask you for more money. They do not beg. You visited a competing tour. Please consider removing the review. There is cutthroat competition for tourist...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We went to those short people Wearing a leaves clothes We dance with them It's a must to see really fun but try to ask them about how thy live and to see there houses How thy eat They sell some stuff but the prices...More

Thank Amal A
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Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your review, Amal A. However, he Batwa of Batwa experience do not sell anything. Unfortunately, we believe you visited one of the competing tours that may even pass themselves off as Batwa Experience. Please consider removing your review. Paul

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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

This is a guided walk with a translator. People from the Batwa tribe demonstrate what life was like for them in the Forest, before the were forced out, when the area became a national park to protect Mountain Gorillas. The Batwa people lived as hunter/...More

Thank Leah F
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Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for your review.

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