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RWANDA CULTURE TOURS

Intare Safaris packages the Rwanda cultural tours to offer visitors an opportunity to interact with the native Rwandan people and thereafter get to learn the Rwanda culture, traditions, practices, and lifestyle. Learn the history of Rwanda and engage in dance and drama.

The Rwanda Culture tours will be packaged alongside other activities like the Rwanda Gorilla trekking safaris, Kigali City tour or Rwanda Wildlife safaris to enable the visitors to get the true adventure of a Rwanda Safari

This article is a typical overview of the Rwanda Culture tours, the destinations, and a glimpse of what to expect while on a Rwanda Cultural tour.

Kinyarwanda is the national language of Rwanda and is spoken throughout the entire nation. Since the Country Speaks only one Language… Kinyarwanda, the country enjoys Unity, patriotism, social cohesion, resilience, and hard work. English, French, and Kiswahili are additional languages spoken in Rwanda.

The vibrant culture of the nation has inspired the development of some original, homegrown remedies to the problems and effects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis. These include, among others, Gacaca [traditional] courts, Abunzi, Imihigo (performance contracts), and Umuganda (community work).

 

Umuganura, or harvest day, continues to be the biggest festival in the country, drawing people from all over Rwanda to celebrate successes in various fields and renew their commitment to working harder to accomplish even more.

The Umushayayo and Intore dances have captured the hearts of those who like cultural performances, and music and dance are an essential component of Rwandan ceremonies.

The Agaseke or handwoven basket, which has garnered international praise, is one example of the high degree of talent and innovation displayed in Rwandan art in the nation of a thousand hills.

Rwanda Culture tours
Rwanda Hand woven Basket
Traditional Rwandan Hand woven Basket

The Made in Rwanda name has also become synonymous with the imigongo pattern and Rwanda’s expanding fashion sector.

Learn the art of making traditional Rwandan baskets with imigongo pattern during the Rwanda Culture tours.

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HIGHLIGHTS ON RWANDA CULTURE TOURS

The Rwanda Culture tours will be integrated to the major tour Itineraries like the Gorilla trekking tour in Volcanoes National Park, the Chimpanzee tracking and hiking in the Nyungwe Forest, the Kigali City tour that leads you to the genocide Memorial Centre in Kigali, as well as the Kings Palace.

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Genocide Memorial
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Visit the Kings Palace in Nyanza

the King’s Palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive.

Nyanza used to be the center of Rwanda. Oral tradition claims that it was the scene of conflicts and power struggles.

The monarchy moved the court around from place to place for a very long time and a decision was finally made to have it at Nyanza. Up to 2,000 people lived in the kingdom’s capital in huts constructed using the same techniques as these.

A few long-horned Inyambo cattle, from the king’s herd, are kept and tended to by professional cattle keepers who care and sing to them in order to preserve the special tradition.

The exquisite cows, who were part of the larger Ankole breed, were very significant in the king’s honor ceremonies. They received education and had expensive jewelry on them.

Rwanda ceased to be a monarchy in 1962, when it gained independence from colonial rule. However, the breeding and grooming of Inyambo is still carried out under the Rwanda Agriculture Board.

Ethnographic Museum of Rwanda
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Visit to Ibyiwacu Cultural Village

 

Now Known as Gorilla Guardians Village

The Iby’iwacu cultural Centre is designed to offer many interesting learning activities while at the same time allowing visitors to relax and get a feel of the local culture. Visitors are usually welcomed by loud dancing and drumming at the main gate which is only an indicator of the many great activities forthcoming.  Let’s look at some of the activities in detail below:

Home visits and community walks: The best way to understand the diversity within the human race is by interacting, sharing and generally getting immersed in the cultures of different communities. The home visits and community walks while visiting the Gorilla Guardians Village gives visitors great opportunities to understand the cultural uniqueness of the Kinyarwanda culture and heritage. During a visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural village, you get the chance to sit side by side with the locals in their traditional homes and grass thatched huts. As you sit down, the elders will share with you information and stories about Rwanda and her rich history/heritage. You will be presented with an opportunity to visit the local banana and vegetable plantations. You might even  learn the art of preparing one of the traditional foods or using a special grinding stone to make fine millet flour.

1 day Ibyiwatchu Cultural village
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Experience Traditional Construction

Discover the unmatched creativity of Rwandans

Learn about traditional Rwandan building techniques and experience rural village life during this flexible-length excursion with a local family. Discover the traditional methods used by Rwandans for brick-making and fashioning rope from banana trees. After enjoying a simple but delicious lunch of cassava and beans you’ll spend the afternoon applying your new skills to build an animal shelter, fence or house. Finish your trip with a chance to shop for locally-made handicrafts. This chance to learn about Rwandan construction also covers a guide, lunch and transport to the village.

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Rwanda Genocide Memorial Sites

One of the most visited tour attractions in Rwanda is the Genocide Memorial Sites

The Ethnographic Museum was a gift from Belgium’s King Badouin in the late 1980s, and houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections.

The Seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic and archaeological artefacts accompanied by visual aides, giving those visiting for the Rwanda Culture Tours rich insight into the Rwandan culture.

The exhibits open with geographical and geological displays, moving on to items used in hunting, agriculture, animal husbandry, pottery, weaving and woodwork.

Traditional clothing and architectural methods are also illustrated, as well as the social importance of cattle. Descendants of the royal herd can be seen to this day at the King’s Palace in nearby Nyanza.

The final room reveals traditional customs and beliefs, history, culture, poetry and oral tradition and cosmology.

Nyanza Kings Palace
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Ethnographic Museum

A gift from Belgium’s King Badouin in the late 1980s

The Ethnographic Museum houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections.

Seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic and archaeological artefacts accompanied by visual aides, giving visitors a rich insight into the Rwandan culture.

The exhibits open with geographical and geological displays, moving on to items used in hunting, agriculture, animal husbandry, pottery, weaving and woodwork.

Traditional clothing and architectural methods are also illustrated, as well as the social importance of cattle. Descendants of the royal herd can be seen to this day at the King’s Palace in nearby Nyanza.

The final room reveals traditional customs and beliefs, history, culture, poetry and oral tradition and cosmology.

Ibyiwachu Cultural Village
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A Day in the Life of a Local Artisan

By Azizi Life Experiences

Get a real feel for rural Rwandan village life by spending time with a local family during your Rwanda Cultural tours. Participate in daily tasks like planting crops or hoeing the fields before preparing and enjoying a meal of traditional Rwandan food and spending time chatting with your hosts.

A weaving class and an opportunity to buy locally produced products made by your family will wrap up your day.

Experience Traditional Construction

Frequently Asked Questions

Rwandans share cultural values notably unity, patriotism, social cohesion, resilience, and hard work among others, with Kinyarwanda being the common language, spoken in all parts of the country. Other official languages are English, French and Kiswahili.o.

Three ethnic groups
Historically, Rwanda’s three ethnic groups have been identified with distinct aspects of the economy: the Tutsi with cattle, the Hutu with the land, and Twa with the forests.
  • Rwanda is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” …
  • The official language of Rwanda is Kinyarwanda. …
  • Rwanda is a major producer of coffee and tea. …
  • Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake. …
  • Rwanda is a birdwatcher’s paradise. …
  • Rwanda hosts a car-free day to promote exercise and healthy living.

Rwanda is often called the “heart of Africa”, because of its central location on the African continent. It is also known as the “land of a thousand hills”, in reference to its hilly landscape. It is a beautiful and fascinating country with a rich history and culture

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