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Batwa Experience

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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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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Mandrill African Safaris wrote a review May 2021
Kampala, Uganda17 contributions
great memory with mandrill African Safaris .the trusted ours and safaris company you should not miss travel with .it has great well informed guides .and good customer care
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Date of experience: March 2021
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P W 132 wrote a review Feb 2021
60 contributions9 helpful votes
Labeled as “Pygmies”...not so much. Long walk up a mountain-which took most of time-so not for those who are not in shape. Singing and dancing of Batwa entertaining. Showing us how they lived in forest was not very authentic. Their “homes” clearly for tourist eyes. If you are in to this kind of visit go...being a bit of a caveman I would have rather had a massage back at the lodge;)
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Tom W wrote a review Mar 2020
Seattle, Washington34 contributions8 helpful votes
The Batwa lived in the mountains before the national park was created, then were evicted. They are a poor community with little education. There was a fair amount of begging. The men consume far too much alcohol. The Batwa welcome visitors with some dancing and a tour of their homes. We tried traditional archery. The poverty and hygiene is a fact of this area, and important to learn about, but it is still fairly painful to see the disparity of wealth in the world and the lack of hope some people face.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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GlobetrottingSwede wrote a review Feb 2020
Paris, France3113 contributions311 helpful votes
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 of the mountain forests to make room for the gorillas (tourist money). There is not much left of the Batwa language and culture, but this experience is a way to support these people and get a glimpse of their former way of life. The walk goes through a local village (not Batwa), so also a good way to see local life up close.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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ColoradoKristy wrote a review Dec 2019
Colorado74 contributions33 helpful votes
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 same fee by adding a tour of the Batwa trade educational center and a local clinic. The main tour through the village features the village coffee- processing and banana gin maker, Henry, who couldn't stop smiling during his entire demonstration. It was summer break for the kids, so we had a lot of chances to ask them questions about their lives, such as what they did for fun. It was very interesting, and we felt very welcomed. Plan on doing a little to a lot of walking. If you visit the education center, it is down a moderately steep hill along a rough path, but not a problem if you don't have knee issues.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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