A Visit or Village Stay at the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
When you Visit Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village – Experience Rwandan Culture
Rwanda comes alive at the Iby’Iwacu Village – Experience Rwandan Culture and Traditions.
Rwanda – More than Mountain Gorilla, a Cultural Village, Located close to Volcanoes National Park and Gorilla tracking is the Iby’Iwacu Village – Iby’Iwacu means “Treasures of our Home and Heritage. Here Rwanda past and present come alive and real with visitors having hands-on cultural experiences that for many are most meaningful.
The Traditional Ways become alive for those that either visit or spend the night in a Rwandan Hut which is made of mud and covered with thatched grass made in the tradition and way of the King’s Hut.
Water is prepared for you over an open fire and each house for visitors has a traditional long drop toilet with bathing space and towels as are beds and other amenities.
Your Village Stay is on a full-board basis with three traditional meals being provided – all made with fresh local food which you just might enjoy as you have breakfast – lunch and dinner and even enjoying the locally brewed beer which is prepared from bananas.
A Village Stay where you adapt even the dress-code of traditional Rwandans will be a most authentic Rwandan Life and Culture experience for you. There are some cultural things frowned upon such as skimpy clothing – public affection
While you are staying at the Village all activities are included in the price per person and per night.
Activities while on a Village Stay or Visit
The community walk in the village is guided by a member of the community who is able to explain the various ways of the village.
The purpose of the community and will give visitors insight into the everyday lives of the village member – and show you how rural Rwandan live, work, eat, gather, even how they use to hunt and trap since many of the community members are reformed poachers who today help in conservation of the surrounding environment, primates and wildlife – making a livelihood from Tourists who flock to Rwanda.
For those visiting for a day or a half-a day this is one of the best options.
Visit the King’s House:
Here you can be King for the moment or longer – you will be enthroned and installed as king and you can even exercise the powers of the king as the village elders give them up you through a village ceremony.
Most have wanted to be a king of one kind or another – here is the opportunity and women can be the queen and if there are any children along they can be made a prince or princess.
Only in Rwanda at the Iby’Iwacu Village can you be made King of the day, the hour, the minute.
King or Queen of the Day – only in Rwanda.
Traditional Dances and Music:
Watch and even participate in the dances that are performed here by members of the Iby’Iwacu Community – there are eight different kind of dances including the famous Intore Dance that is unlike any other dance in Africa.
There are also the traditional musical instruments including drums – you will also here the famous “Songs of the Gorillas” is performed by the famous Ngayabatema who is also called the Kayuku.
Some times you just may be asked to join in – give it a try and enjoy a new cultural experience.
Learn some Drumming – Rwandan Style:
While visiting or staying at Iby’Iwacu Village you will have opportunity to try playing some Rwandan drums. Most find it a lot of fun.
Traditional drumming may look easy but it takes some training and coordination. Drumming lessons are all part of the traditional village experience.
Even if you do not produce great drumming music – you just might get some great pictures.
Simply Enjoy the moment.
Visit the traditional healer and hear how different trees, shrubs, plants, roots are gathered – prepared and for what ailment such treatment works.
Visit traditional clinics and pharmacies, the elderly and hear their interesting stories of pre and post colonial era.
Amazingly, a lot of traditional medicine is quite effective and used in many parts of Africa as it still used and applied in Rwanda.
A Traditional Healer is not a witch doctor, he or she does not bestow spells or curses but used herbs, roots, barks, plant to treat ailments.
Prepare a meal in the Traditional Way:
Prepare a traditional Rwandan Meal which often starts in the garden and takes some time to prepare with wood or charcoal – but finally, it is eating time.
You will have a chance to try an ancient grinding stone – prepare local dishes such as Ubugari and Igikoma.
Part of a traditional meal is to have a drink and here you will be taught how to make Banana Beer and you can have a drink with your meal or just taste.
Banana Beer is often used in villages during celebrations of one kind or another and your presence at the village is reason to celebrate.
A Visit with the Batwa People:
The Batwa people were the original people of forest of Rwanda – they were hunters and gatherers who lived for thousands of years in the forest leaving a small ecological footprint. They were evicted by the government when parks were established – many of them became poachers – but for the people at the village that is even behind.
They will teach you how they used to hunt and gather, even show you how to shoot a bow and arrow – it is a most interesting time – there is also the pottery making today and women making crafts of various kind.
You can even have craft-making and pottery making classes here.
Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village – Experience Rwandan Culture – They keep Traditions and Culture alive and pass them on to the next Generation. You can enjoy a Village Stay or Visit while Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National Park.
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