A Short Visit to Rwanda Cultural Village
With a short visit to Rwanda Cultural Village, you will get a glimpse of the local people’s culture and their way of living. Rwanda, renowned as ‘land of thousand hills’ is an impeccably beautiful country; characterized by fascinating savannah, undulating hills and deep valleys, abundant wildlife, and natural aesthetics. Its capital city, Kigali is picturesque with many sights and delights.
The Cultural Village
The Iby’lwacu cultural village is one of the well-developed community tourism projects in Africa. This village is located in the area of Musanze near Kinigi and Parc national des Volcans (PNV) home to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. The term Iby’lwacu denotes “treasure of our heritage” and thus the villages exhibit what Rwanda is in the economic and social aspects. The village is fast becoming a center of attraction besides the gorilla safaris and golden monkey tracking, two most popular attractions in the areas of the Volcanoes. This village gives the visitors a chance to meet local people in their environment experiencing the culture and traditions of the Rwanda people.
The founder Edwin Sabuhoro
Iby’lwacu village was started by Edwin Sabuhoro, a Rwandan. The project was aimed at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around the Volcanoes National Park through the provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. This helped them to resort to their family lives and preserving Rwanda culture among the youth since it was made a means of earning a living.
After gorilla trekking, the Iby’lwacu cultural village is the best place to go to and experience the real Rwanda culture and traditions. Here you can get a glimpse of the daily lives of the people in the community, watch traditional dances in Rwanda’s culture, experience the use of local medicinal trees, shrubs, grasses that cure some diseases with the local traditional healer. Attend a local banana brewing process and have a taste of the local banana brew or learn about the ex-poachers techniques of hunting and the stories of their past life experiences. This village gives you the best ways to get to know the local people’s culture and their ways of living by actively taking part in their daily lives.
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