Enjoy a Cultural African Village Stay during your Safari in Uganda -Rwanda
Enjoy African Life and Cultural Traditions in an African Village in Uganda or Rwanda
An African Village Stay – a Cultural Experience like no other, perfect for those on a Family Safari – where you stay in an African Village – partake in daily Village Life and in many cases without running water – without electricity – get a real feel of life in rural Africa with an African Village stay experience.
Living in the West is different from living in Africa. Besides things like weather, food, nature, one of the main differences is the approach to daily life. In the West, we are focused on the doings in life, the tasks. In Africa, one is first and foremost focused on relationships. How will it affect others like family, friends, children? It is the Concept of Harambee – of pulling together.
Harambee is a Swahili word that signifies that coming together relationally, facing life not alone, but together, recognizing the power of one, but also the power of many pulling together easing the burden one might face.
In Africa there is no welfare, no government aid, churches and mosques have little, so one looks to the community of family and friends. Africans are born into communities, not nuclear families so the concept of Harambee is easier to understand and to practically work out in daily life.
You can experience the concept of Harambee by visiting and staying in a village in Uganda or Rwanda.
You can visit Africa, but never visit Africans – you can visit Uganda and Rwanda but never meet Africans while on Safari. You will not be staying in a 4 Star, or 5 Star Safari Lodge, a village stay in some cases may be a bit of roughing it without the comforts you would have at home.
Spend a night or two in a real African Village, go with the women to the garden where you gather the vegetables, cut down the Matoke Bananas ( kind of Plantain but not quite the same), pick the beans, dig out the Cassava (what westerners use mainly for Tapioca pudding), fresh potatoes, maize (corn-not yellow like in USA) tomatoes, onions, and some papaya, mangoes for dessert. In some cases you could help in the butchering of the chicken if you are comfortable, most Africans have no qualms about it and children as young as six know how to go about is.
Your time in a village is simply a unique experience, especially for children who think everything comes prepackaged from the store. We have had families stay at villages that otherwise stay in up-market lodging facilities but enjoyed their time in a Village Stay and visit the most. Why – it was the one activity which created the memories not only of wildlife, of scenery but of Africans, of what life was like in Uganda’s and Rwanda’s Villages.
You will probably pick up a new outlook on life that is based on the principle of Hakuna Matata – meaning loosely translated don’t Worry, something we can all do less with.
Hakuna Matata is how Africans keep their sanity, their humor and way of life – no worries…
Experience the Real Africa with an African Village Stay in Uganda or Rwanda
This is part of the Boomu Women’s Self-Help Group and here you experience life in an African Village.
Stay in traditional African huts, outside toilet, hot water is brought to you for bathing, and lighting is done with Oil-Lamps.
For meals, you do not just eat here, but you gather from the garden, help in the meal Preparations which is a bonding time with those with whom you are staying.
There is no electricity, no running water, no WiFi unless you have a smart phone with MTN.
Learn how to make crafts, gather flowers for dye making, weaving of blankets, visit a school, meet a village elder and observe life in an African Village.
Ruboni is home to the Bakonzo People, the keepers of the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon. The place to stay is the Ruboni Community Camp which is right in the village. You experience what village life is like for Uganda’s Mountain People.
You can even take dancing and drumming lessons here, walk through the village and meet the traditional healer, a blacksmith making tools like in the days of old. Food preparation for today’s meal. At dinner, see the cultural dancers and drummers perform at sunset.
Be taken to the forest where you learn how to fish with your hands while you see primates, birds and the three-horned Chameleons that are found here. Ruboni is located near Fort Portal and Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park.
Nshenyi cultural Village is 3 hours from Mbarara – which is on the main road leading to parks in Uganda.Mo
This is a part of Uganda where they Ankole cow reigns supreme.This is an Ankole Cultural Village where the day starts early with milking, watch Ghee being made. Take a walk to the Rwandan or Tanzanian border, learn the traditional ways, staying in a traditional hut and eat the local food of the area.
Most visitors have a delightful stay here in this African Village where you can visit a school, watch traditional dances and see an abundance of bird life.
Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village offers an adventurous stay in a traditional rural, Rwandan village that has existed for centuries living with and next to mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village gives you an opportunity to meet local people, in their environment, with a taste of our culture and traditions. Some of those that you meet were once poachers and how help in conserving Volanoes National Park
The community you visit will gracefully welcome you as an hnored guest while they proudly present to you with the various aspects of their traditions and beliefs. This will truly be an experience of a lifetime as you home stay with the community and become part of their family.
This Rwandan Village stay could be called upmarket when compared to the Ugandan Village Stay – your huts come with bath and other conveniences.
Azizi – Life takes visitors to Rwanda and introduces them to Rural Rwanda. The Rural Life Experience is usually one day, but you can extend it and stay in a Rwandan Home in the rural area forming new friendships.
It is a hands-on experience where in the morning you work in the fields, prepare lunch and in the afternoon learn how to make arts and crafts as you are taught by Rwandan Artisans who are part of a Rural co-op.
Sales from the items in the west go back into the local community. This hands-on program is a one of a kind in Rwanda and has had many visitors who loved their time with Azizi -Life in rural Rwanda.
The rural homestay is only an added plus.
The Banana Village is an African Style Village that is the perfect place for incoming visitors to Uganda including Families.
The spacious en-suite cottages, the lush gardens with native flowers, an abundance of Banana Plants, the excellent food, most ingredients locally grown and locally procured. The customer service that is a notch above the rest, the perfect place for those that want an African Village with that extra-plus.
Learn local cooking, arts and crafts, visit the local village, Lake Victoria, the adjacent forest or simply enjoy the gardens.
Banana Village a restful place away from the traffic of Entebbe road allowing you to get used to Africa as you enter Uganda.
This is a tranquil hillside retreat in the farming and ranching hills of Western Uganda near Mbarara. There are only 4 en-suite cottages for you to choose from here. This is a perfect family place, a beautiful garden, scenic views, African Style cottage with African Decoration, simply great.
Add on top of that the nearby village you can visit, the hikes in the hillside, the excellent food served in the restaurant made with homee-grown ingredients that will delight you and your family.
Off of the beaten tourist track, this is a place of discovery African Style and you will be glad that you came here to stay a night or two -African style.
Budget Prices but you receive moderately rated value while you stay here and experience Africa a whole other way.
This is an off-the-beaten Path – away from it all – just 3 African Style Bandas but loads of Activities to do here.
The food received high ratings on TripAdvisor – the cost is lower for this basic, African Camp.
Interact with villages, visit the museum, a cave with history, explore 3 crater lakes, hikes galore.
The camp is a Ugandan Cultural Experience at a most reasonable price that allows you to go rustic-basic.
You can even explore a transparent crater lake, hike around it, swim in it, boat on it. Located
Incorporating African Village Stays into your Safari:
You simply let us know what you would like to see and experience on your safari and ask to incorporate some village stays along the way.
It is an enriching experience for you, it may not meet Western Comfort expectations but it is made up by cultural experience and new friendships.
Family Safaris with Children will also love, we have Village Stays with various levels of comfort that will meet your needs and the needs of the children.
Discover Authentic Africa with a Village Stay in the heart of it, Uganda or Rwanda.
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