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Address: Park entrance (Buhoma side) | Batwa Craft Banda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Phone Number: +2560772901628
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Description: A project of the Batwa Development Program, this is a truly enriching and...
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!
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Gorillas are what draw people to this remote corner of Uganda but do not miss the opportunity to experience some of the culture of the Batwa (pygmies) whilst you are here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

Gorillas are what draw people to this remote corner of Uganda but do not miss the opportunity to experience some of the culture of the Batwa (pygmies) whilst you are here. Fascinating to see how people live in harmony with nature like this. I defy anyone not to join in the joyful dancing of these people's when you are invited... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

After an arduous Mountain Gorilla trek the day before we thoroughly enjoyed the Batwa Experience. Although we opted for a short morning introductory experience we were totally enthralled by their knowledge of the forest and its bounty. We had a fantastic few hours being entertained and informed. We learnt to make fire and about the medicinal value of plants. If... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We visited a small Batwa village close to the park entrance. It was a chance for the people to provide a slight insight into their culture and heritage. The walk we went on was organized by a local organization that runs a small school for the most disadvantaged children in the village. Our guide essentially was a volunteer that provided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The Batwa Experience near Buhoma and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, was organized by an anthropologist, and patterned after such cultural reenactments as the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts (although it is not nearly as developed as that one). Go to the Batwa Development Program (BDP) Craft Banda, just before the park gate on the left to book your tour, or... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The Batwa people have an incredible history that a lot of people don't appreciate. This experience gives the Batwa people a chance to show you some of their culture. The program is led by the Batwa Development Program (make sure you get the right one, not the fake) which is working to reduce poverty in Batwa communities through education and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It was very special day which we will never forget with the Batwa People. The walk up was a bit challenging but we stopped along the way and our guide would explain different things as we caught our breath - but when we saw the people the walk was well worth it. We were greeted with brightly dressed people in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We hiked the long Batwa Experience and were led at a leisurely pace by an experienced guide from the Batwa Development Program. We stopped at one place where he explained the local process of making banana drink and then climbed the hill toward the Batwa reenactment of their ways of living in the forest. Along our climb, we were blessed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Due to time constraints in my travel schedule, I arranged to have a shortened version of this experience. It was very enlightening, especially since I spent the previous day doing the gorilla trek in the very forest the Batwa once called home. I enjoyed meeting and learning about the Batwa, and I think it's an important part of any trip... More 

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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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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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Address: Park entrance (Buhoma side) | Batwa Craft Banda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Phone Number: +2560772901628
Location: Africa  >  Uganda  >  Western Region  >  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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