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The Batwa Experience is a historical reenactment by the Batwa Pygmy people...
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.