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Batwa Experience

Park entrance (Buhoma side) | Batwa Craft Banda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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Owner description: A project of the Batwa Development Program, this is a truly enriching and unforgettable experience, one that should not be missed by those visiting... more » Owner description: A project of the Batwa Development Program, this is a truly enriching and unforgettable experience, one that should not be missed by those visiting Bwindi. Led by Batwa elders, visitors to the Batwa Experience trek into the forest to see and experience the unique Batwa culture and their traditional lifestyle in the dense forest. Lasting about five to six hours, highlights include learning about medicinal herbs, traditional shelters, fire making, honey harvesting, burial rituals, and different types of snares. This cultural journey also includes story telling, high-energy singing and dancing, scaling to a tiny tree house, visiting a rock shrine, and tagging along on a mock hunt for duikers. Guests also get a shot at a duiker, testing their shooting skills with a traditional wooden bow and arrow. No worries if you cant hit the target, though, we will still let you eat a Batwa-cooked lunch of traditional foods such as goat, matoke, posho, groundnut sauce and fresh fruit.Often said to be the most authentic cultural experience our guests have ever had, the Experience is made by the friendliness, enthusiasm and pride of the Batwa elders, who actually started the Batwa Experience to educate their own children about their forest roots. They choose to be here, wanting to share their culture with anyone who is willing to open their mind and have an incredible new experience. Adventurous travelers from 26 different countries and all continents except Antarctica have had the Batwa Experience, what about you?!*While this is a truly awesome experience that shouldn't be missed, the hike is a challenging one, so we do recommend that our visitors be in fair shape. However, we go at the pace of our guests, so if you're up for the trek, the Batwa are ready to meet you! « less
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I did this batwa experience and it was amazing. you get to know how these batwa people lived in this forest. they show you how hunted,gathered fruits, slept,their medicine, and the most scaring of all, their 'god'. Its a good activity to do especially before going gorilla trekking the next day.

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Cardiff by the Sea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We experienced the 5 hour cultural experience with the Batwa. We hiked the trail we used the day before to track gorillas, but this day was completely different as we stopped along the way to learn how the Batwa had lived in this forest for 500,000 years. They demonstrated hunting, trapping, honey gathering and the use of medicine plants. They... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Before coming to Uganda & Rwanda (on a 2 week ecotourism trip), I had researched the fascinating Batwa pygmy people and learned about the Batwa Experience which became a "must do" item! Today, the Batwa ("keepers of the forest" for millennia) are living as "conservation refugees" outside their beautiful ancestral home, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest/ Park. The Batwa Experience was... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The Batwa Experience was one of the most magical I have had in Africa. It was really equal to gorilla trekking. The people were wonderful and the experience was as authentic as you can get when intruding into another peoples private world. We learned a tremendous amount, met wonderful people and enjoyed every step of the way. DO NOT miss... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Batwa experience was an excellent cultural experience.the Batwa people did an excellent job of showing us their shelters,food gathering,medicine plants,and their traditional clothing and dances. They also provided an excellent lunch made from their traditional foods. It was one of the best one day cultural showing that I have been to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

If you're coming to Bwindi, it's for the Gorillas. Okay, so you've come all that way, and what else is there? Upon arrival, you'll quickly learn that the story of the Batwa is an integral story in the history of the area. They were displaced out of Bwindi when it became a national park in the 1990s. This is a... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

For all who don't want to go Gorilla Tracking, or for those who are staying longer in Bwindi and want to have a cultural experience, this is THE activity to do. It's a half day activity during which u start walking from the school, walk through a banana plantation where we got explained how banana beer and the famous Uganda... More

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