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Address: | Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Phone Number:
+256 772 901628
09:00 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Batwa Experience is a historical reenactment by the Batwa Pygmy people...

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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Something you must do in Buhoma

Seems that the reviews are up and down for this experience and much seems to depend on your guide. It also seems that there are a couple of different groups that offer similar... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the experience as a way to support the community and of course it is interesting to learn their history but there isn't much authenticity to their life style anymore.

Thank Halyna M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Seems that the reviews are up and down for this experience and much seems to depend on your guide. It also seems that there are a couple of different groups that offer similar tours. We did ours with Batwa Cultural Rock & Cave Settlement Walk. This was suggested and booked by Go2Africa and we were not disappointed. Our guide Anthony... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Levi & Julius guided us up the mountain through the rain forest to visit the unique Batwa people. They also interpreted directly with Batwa to tell us their story. Their demonstrations of how they make their clothing from the tree bark, hunt animals, use rainforest plants for medicinal purposes, make crafts and bury their dead proved to be a worth... More 

Thank LosDosPenguinos
San Diego
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

My husband and I went on the Batwa tour and while we were hesitant overall we think it was worthwhile. If you can move past that this is theatre put on by local Batwa, it is really very educational and helps to support the local Batwa people. In the end, we were thankful that we got to meet people who... More 

Thank bubbles028
Lynnwood, Washington
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I wish I had gotten the full 3 hour experience other reviewers got. I was alone and and had to argue with my guide to show me the Batwa village. My guide (Sylvan) was NOT Batwa, he was Bachiga and he took me on the long hike through Bachiga lands (for the tea farm, banana beer, medicine man visit, etc)... More 

Thank lisalou1963
Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

The hike up to the Batwa people is exhilarating and the view beautiful and learning about their customs was interesting & fun.

Thank amy m
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We met our guide, his trainee and a delightful armed guard, paid 50 us and walked through the village, up into the hills to see the medicine man, the banana brewery, had a brief stop at the hydro electric plant that supplies the hospital with power, then onto the Pygmy model village. The hospital was donated by the USA and... More 

Thank hhl
Brussels, Belgium
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The Batwa people showed us with a very animated tour how they used to live in the Bwindi forest before they were moved into the villages when Bwindi became a protected area. Very interesting, and we learned that this culture may be lost in 20 years time, so we were very happy to experience it.

Thank Erika0416
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My guide Mathias was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in my "community walk" to visit the Batya, learn about their past and present, and experience other aspects of the community, including the growth and processing of coffee beans, the local production of banana gin, and the processing and use of millet. It was a privilege to see the world through... More 

Thank LMG48
Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We really enjoyed the two hour trek with a Batwa guide in their former territory in the forest. I expected it to be more of a tourist trap, but since our guide (as the accompanying translator explained) actually lived here less than 25 years ago, the walk really gave us some perspective of the Batwa’s history. You will learn about... More 

Thank ETWTraveller

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