Rwanda’s exceptional culture is one of the key features that make Rwanda safaris lifetime experiences. It’s undeniable that a safari to Rwanda without a taste of distinct and indigenous Rwanda Culture tours is surely incomplete.
The indigenous Rwandese people have family roots from three distinct ethnic groups each with its own unique culture, rituals and others but generally harmoniously living with each other. Our Rwanda cultural tours bring you closest to the indigenous people; learn about homestead set up, roles of each member in a family and community. Cultural ceremonies played a very big role in passing on vital hidden information to community members that each individual interpreted and reacted as a community expected of them. Way of dressing, body posture and mood was a language that could be interpreted and understood by all group members. However with increased population on a land through migrations, emigrations, intermarriages and mingling with other people, introduction of western education, the traditional Rwandan lifestyle has changed; the people are living a mixed and socially improved lifestyle.
The traditional set up which is not written down is getting diluted and on the verge of soon phasing out due to passing on of elders with this vital information. Our safaris to Rwanda are customized to grant you exceptional opportunity of interacting with many community model groups that are set up to conserve the authentic important values that are important for Rwandan identity. On Rwanda safari you by coincidence learn about the ways of survival of Rwanda people, community tools of use, hands on experiences on weaving lessons, preparations of sumptuous African dishes preparations, herbal medicine preparation and dosage, music, dance, storytelling experiences, cultural ceremonies like birth of twins, wedding and initiation of boys to adulthood dressing and many others which you can compare with your own at home and appreciate how Africans harnessed nature. Below are some safaris where you get to visit cultural sites.
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Day 1; Arrival in Kigali.
Well come to Rwanda! From here at the airport, you will be met by our tour guide, and then will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Ruhengeri
Early morning following your breakfast, you will drive to Ruhengeri in the north of Rwanda, this area has got many hills which you will spot as you take on your journey and that is why it is called the “Land of a Thousand Hills”. Tour around the lively and friendly town centre; visit the clay fields and see a group of brick makers. You will then go to your hotel of accommodation and have a traditional dinner and also be entertained a local dance group, have a chance to see the cultural dances.
Day 3; Visit the Twin Lakes of Ruhondo and Burera
This will follow your breakfast, the beautiful region of the twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. The local people will introduce you to the traditional sustainable farming methods with African vegetables and fruits, visit the local fishermen and also see the fishing competition with children from the adjacent villages. You will then have a launch cruise in one of the traditional canoes and have a visit to the convent “Foyer de Charite”, visit the local witch doctors and the “snake man”
Day 4; Drive north of Lake Kivu and visit tea plantations.
This day you will visit the Gisenyi at the northern shores of Lake Kivu, visit the tea plantations, and do some shopping at a farmers market then. From here you will have a tour of the city which repeatedly gained tragic publicity in the past decade because of enormous refugee camps, hunger, and epidemics and, recently, a devastating volcanic eruption that reminded of the fate of the historic town of Pompeii and then drive to Kigali
Day 5: Visit to the Palace.
From this point you will visit Nyanza, the historical seat of the ancient Rwandan kings and visit the Palace. Drive to Butare, Rwanda’s cultural centre and visit the National Museum. Drive to Kigali and have a tour to the city. Later in the evenning you will visit the Batwa people in their villages and see performances done by the members of a Batwa Pottery Project with an introduction to the life of the first Rwandans, their art of pottery as well as singing, drumming and dancing
Day 6; End of Safari.
This morning you will wake up have breakfast, then drive to Kigali, first have a look at the genocide memorial sites or lively markets in Kigali and then proceed to the airport for your departure.
Day 1: Arrival at the Airport in Kigali
On arrival at Kanombe airport in Kigali, you will be received by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Flame Tree Village (Deluxe) /Serena Hotel (Luxury)/Five To Five (Budget).
Day 2: Morning City tour and transfer to Volcanoes national park.
In the morning, you may opt for a city tour – visit the genocide memorial site, national museum, etc. After lunch enjoys a scenic drive to the Volcanoes national park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
Spend the evening at Iby’wachu Cultural Village where you will learn more about the Banyarwanda cultural practices and their tradition. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorillas view Hotel/ 5 Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury)/ Da Vinci Lodge, Gorilla Solution Lodge, Le bamboo Lodge (Deluxe)/Muhabura Hotel (Budget)
Day 3: Gorilla tracking and afternoon Nature walk.
This morning attend to briefs from the senior park ranger. The tour guide will transfer you to the starting point of the gorilla’s trail along with other trackers. Upon encountering the gorillas, spend at least an hour taking photography and observing their fascinating acrobatics.
Later return to your Hotel for Relaxation. In the evening, you may go for a cultural walk, where you will be entertained by the Banyarwanda community, or go for a nature walk to the lakes and caves. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorillas view Hotel/ 5 Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury)/ Da Vinci Lodge, Gorilla Solution Lodge, Le bamboo Lodge (Deluxe)/Muhabura Hotel (Budget)
Day 4: Dian Fossey Hike and transfer to Lake Kivu.
In the morning, you may undertake a hike up to the Karisoke research center, established by Dian Fossey. Learn more about the activities of Dian Fossey of mountain gorilla conservation. On return, you will transfer you to Lake Kivu. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel(Luxury)/ Stipp Hotel/Paradise Malahide/Waterfront resort (mid-range).
Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe.
In the morning after a relaxed breakfast, transfer to Nyungwe with en route stopovers for photography and lunch. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House(Luxury) / Nyungwe top view hotel (Mid-range), Gisakura guest house(budget).
Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and Return to Kigali.
After breakfast transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before embarking on chimp tracking; later transfer back to Kigali with en route visit to the King’s Palace at Nyanza, Butare Museums and Murambi Genocide Memorial Site.
End of Safari