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Batwa Experience

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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About Batwa Experience
NOTE: There are several imposter tours in the area, particularly near local lodges, who charge a fee for tours. This FREE tour is available ONLY through the Batwa Development Program Craft Banda just outside the park gates. This original and authentic Batwa Experience tour provided to help the Batwa. The historical reenactment by the Batwa Pygmy demonstrates the use of medicinal herbs, traditional shelters, fire making, honey harvesting, burial rituals, different types of snares and tribal dances. The Batwa share their heritage with tourists as well as their own children so their culture may be preserved out of the rainforest. They strive for authenticity. FRAUD ALERT! If someone has asked you to purchase tickets, it is an imposter taking advantage of Batwa. Levi Busingye will be your guide. Levi and the other tour hosts are pictured on this page. 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.
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We always try to include a primal tribe experience when we travel: the San in Namibia, the Hadsabe in Tanzania and the Vedda in Sri Lanka. Although these encounters are set up for tourists, there is always something interesting. The Batwa Pigmies were kicked out...More

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank GlobetrottingSwede
Reviewed December 27, 2019

One to multi-hour (your choice how far/long you go) relaxed and easy-paced guided tour of the Batwa Village with an interpreter and armed soldier (we had armed protection everywhere we went in the bush in Uganda). You can add more to your tour for the...More

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank ColoradoKristy
Reviewed December 5, 2019

I was looking forward to this experience after reading the fantastic reviews here. Little did I know that it is brief choreographed show and tell version of the real thing. This experience was located a short walk from the Nkuringo Bwindi lodge. There were 2...More

Date of experience: December 2019
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LauraC14285, Communications Director at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2019

I am the communications coordinator for the Kellermann Foundation and we support the Batwa and help them establish schools, healthcare, homes and self-sustainability. You can read about us at kellermannfoundation.org. I am writing to let you know you have participated in an imposter tour since...More

Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

This was a little different than I expected. It was like a staged show. The cost was high. They did a dance. Started a fire to light a ganja joint. Then another dance. Tour of the huts. Then displayed handcrafts they wanted to sell. I...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Preston S
LauraC14285, Public Relations Manager at Batwa Experience, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2019

I am the communications coordinator for the Kellermann Foundation, and we support the Batwa and help them establish schools, healthcare, homes and self-sustainability through programs like the Batwa Experience. You can read about us at kellermannfoundation.org. I am writing to let you know you have...More

Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

My Dad and I really enjoyed our Batwa Experience. We felt it was very tastefully done and informative. The Batwa seemed to enjoy entertaining us with their dancing & singing. They did show us their crafts, but it wasn’t an obligation to purchase. The hike...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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cjm33
April 8, 2018|
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The full tour takes a half day, starting in the morning. You don't want to start too late, because you will be climbing a hill that can subject to thunderstorms. You arrange the starting time with the tour guide. There is... More
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Susan T
January 2, 2018|
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Hi Susan, This is John. I just changed my screen name. Sorry it took so long. Your best bet is to go to the Batwa Craft Banda, 50 yards short of the park gate. It's on Google Maps as Batwa Craft Banda and Batwa Experience... More
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