Rwanda Cultural Tours
Rwanda cultural tours are a very amazing tourist activity to do for any traveller that does visit Rwanda. Rwanda is an amazingly beautiful country located in eastern Africa, which is endowed with so much beauty including the stunning rolling hills that make the country one of the best tourist destination in the region, especially for nature safaris as well as gorilla safaris that are best done in the famous Volcanoes National Park. the Volcanoes National Park is one f the four gorilla destinations in the world to host the mountain gorillas, and gorilla trekking safaris here are the most rewarding given there is much more embroidered in the gorilla trekking adventure say cultural tours, which only serve as a stimuli to travellers after Rwanda cultural tours. Rwanda is a country that is also known for having a number of crystal lakes, very clean streets, as well as hospitable natives that have so much to share with visitors who do visit Rwanda.
Rwanda unlike her neighbours like Uganda doesn’t have that much of a diverse culture given that the country only has three tribes inhabiting the country namely the Hutu who were predominantly crop growers, Tutsi who were cattle keepers and the Twa who were predominantly hunter-gatherers. Notwithstanding this however, Rwanda has a very rich culture which the indigenous people are so enthusiastic about and do share it with tourists who visit Rwanda all year through.
Rwanda cultural tours are an amazing tourist activity to do in Rwanda for it gives travellers an opportunity to interact with the locals on a much deeper level, as well as learn of the various aspects of the Rwanda culture as told and demonstrated by the indigenous people. Rwanda cultural tours can be experienced in various places in the country, say in or near the various Rwanda national parks like Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, as well as Gishwati-Mukura National Park, which is the most recently established Rwanda national park which opened to tourists in 2019.
For any traveller on a Rwanda safari tour be it a Rwanda wildlife safari or Rwanda gorilla safari, including Rwanda cultural tours on your travel plan shall have you experiencing and learning Rwanda in depth, asides the tourist-like activities that can be done elsewhere in the world; nowhere else shall you experience and know more about Rwanda but in the country itself, from her own a people! Travellers on Rwanda cultural tours engage in various activities like traditional dances, folk songs, art and craft making, traditional cooking of local delicacies like akaro, farming, bee keeping, among so many other activities. Rwanda cultural tours can be done in various cultural and historical sites like;
Iby’iwacu Cultural village
Iby’iwacu cultural village is one of the best places to visit by travellers on Rwanda cultural tours, for it is where you can find much to know and learn about Rwanda. The Iby’iwacu village is a place you shall find a number of former poachers who now embarked on conservation projects in Volcanoes National Park. at the Iby’iwacu cultural village, travellers shall encounter traditional dances performed by the locals, as well as get to listen to the various folk songs and tales. Travellers also get to take part in other activities like traditional cooking lessons, milking cows and preparing milk products like local yogurt as well as ghee, local brew preparation, among other activities. The Iby’iwacu cultural village can be visited after a gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park.
Ethnographic Museum in Butare
The ethnographic museum is located in Butare, only 1km from Kigali city and is an ideal place for travellers to enjoy Rwanda cultural tours to learn about the locals of Rwanda and their culture, as well as history. Opened to tourists in 1989, the Ethnographic museum was constructed by the Belgian government. The ethnographic museum is partitioned into seven exhibition halls each of which has something different to showcase; these include among others cultural artefacts, and entertainment centre.
The King’s Palace in Nyanza
The King’s palace in Nyanza is a great place for a Rwanda cultural tour for an opportunity to learn about the cultural history of all past kings of Rwanda. This dorm-like King’s Palace in Nyanza has you seeing and learning about the various kings past, their regalia like spears, drums, and other items including ornaments used and owned by the Kings past. To climax your visit of the King’s Palace in Nyanza, you shall have an opportunity to be crowned a king or queen, and have pictures of you taken for keepsake.
Rwanda Genocide Memorial Sites
The Rwanda Genocide memorial sites include the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site, Gisozi Memorial Site, Nyamata Memorial Site, Gisenyi Memorial Site, Nyarubuye Memorial Site, Ntarama Memorial Site, Murambi Genocide Site and Bisesero Memorial Site are the various sites put up by the government to remember the lives of thousands of individuals who lost their life in the Rwanda genocide of 1994. Travellers who do include visiting the Rwanda genocide memorial sites get to know in detail the occurrences of the Rwanda genocide of 1994, the depth of damage suffered and the onward movement of the people of Rwanda post the genocide. Though quite chilling and sad, visiting the Rwanda Genocide Memorial Sites is a great add on as one of your activities while on your Rwanda cultural tours.
Other places from where travellers can enjoy Rwanda cultural tours include the Busegera Reconciliation Village, Rwesero National Arts Museum, Ndaba Rock, Nyamata Church, Richard Kandt House, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre, Kimironko Market, among so many others. While on Rwanda cultural tours, including or combining your tour with gorilla trekking Volcanoes National Park, Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park, game drives in Akagera National Park, among so many more activities and attractions in Rwanda. Reach out and plan one of your most memorable Rwanda safari and get to include and experience Rwanda cultural tours for an opportunity to learn about the indigenous Rwandans and their culture.