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Batwa Experience

| Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
+256 772 901628
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Brandt Safaris @ Batwa village Bwindi

We really enjoyed ourselves! Even thou it was a little staged one is not discourage and it is still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dylan B
via mobile
Too commercial. Everything was done to ask for more money

The visit was nice, but no real added value. We felt that we they were continously lying to us. For... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Jordi B
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Sabadell, Spain
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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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| Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 15 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
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
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
Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 26 April 2017

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.More

Thank Halyna M
Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thank you, Halyna, for your review. You don't provide much detail, so it is hard to tell what you saw that you thought was inauthentic. The publicity for Batwa Experience talks about their lives in the forest before the government chased them out in the...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017

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...More

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

Hi LosDosPenguinos, Thank you for your review. Please note that the Batwa are paid from your admission. Visitors should not feel obligated to tip the performers. Paul

Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank bubbles028
Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Hello bubbles028, Thank you for your review. Please note that the Batwa put on this show to educate their own children. In fact, that was their original purpose. The tourism benefit was secondary. So yes, it is theatre, but the representation is as authentic as...More

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...More

Thank lisalou1963
Paul T, Consultat at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Dear lisalou1963, We regret that you had such a bad experience with Sylvan. However, he does not work for us. He guides for Buhoma Village Walk, which includes the visit to Bachiga lands as you describe. He may have said he was taking you on...More

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

Thank you for your review

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...More

Thank Erika0416
Paul T, Consultant at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Dear Erika, Thank you for your review. Did your guide say that the culture may be lost in 20 years time? In my opinion, this is unlikely. The Batwa have been growing in numbers since they were given land by the Kellermann Foundation, of which...More

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