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Community Tourism

We provide exceptionally educational and experiential tours with professional guides and interpreters. The community based tours and cultural tours are organized and managed by the local people and the company facilitates the established tourism cooperatives and steering and development committees to ensure sustainability of the projects, minimize negative tourism impacts, equity of benefit sharing and designing educational and experiential packages that contribute to conservation, and sustainable development. The tours start with a well designed itinerary Kigali City tour that explores the ancient, genocide era and new Kigali sites under the guidance of very experienced and knowledgeable company guides.

Bugesera District: Reconciliation Village.
(Vision 2020 Village Tours):
The Model Village Tour is a one day excursion which introduces you to the development challenges of the country with a mix of the traditional history, genocide era and referencing today’s life in this model village. Guests engage in different activities ranging from agricultural experiences, interaction with ever smiling Rwandan children, learn about the health situations, get cooking and weaving lessons from locally based women associations in the village and end up with an exciting event called UBUSABANE “Get together Party” with all community members in a reconciliation village; where the perpetrators, survivors and a few returnees are living together in exceptionally unique way; the visitors get the opportunity of listening to testimonies from the perpetrators and survivors as they took path to reconciliation in this model cluster village. All this is enticed by traditional dishes and drinks, with entertainment from a local dance troupe that explorer you to the different traditional dance styles showing beauty of the cows and the Rwandese, bravery etc. Over 200 people in the community benefit from this tour and strengthen unity etc.

Rubavu: Coffee and Tea Tours: Coffee is the biggest foreign exchange earner for the country and the biggest export for the country. The coffee tours explores our visitors to over 20 coffee growing and production processes right from the nursery beds, coffee gardens/plantations, picking coffee, washing, selection, drying, fermenting etc until you drink your own coffee. Getting to learn all those stages adds value to the coffee you drink. Tea tours explore you right from the picking phase in the garden, drying up to the time when you taste you tea. The tours benefit over 500 local farmers.

Musanze: - Ethno Botany Tours: The scientific study of human cultures and their customs jointly combined with the scientific study of plants in a traditional way leading to the discovery of many herbs used against over 50 remedies in the community commonly known as traditional healing. Everything is done in the field whereby visitors go into the local garden/bushes with local herbalist and get a comprehensive introduction to the local herbs; learn different medicinal values of different plants etc. The traditional healers will introduce to you herbs that help to cure different witches, poisoning etc. After the field tour, the visitors will be taken to visit the local pharmacy and also have the opportunity to meet individuals who have been or may be under treatment, and also follow up their recovery stages. The culture of traditional practitioners/healers has been historically passed on from generations to generations whereby any family that had a practitioner he/she would pass on to another young member of the family as he/she was aging and that’s how they were able to preserve the culture and the wonderful customs.

Ethno botany tours are at times combined with bio mimicry experiences from the native experts of the environment. . Our bio mimicry experts imitate different living organisms i.e. birds, animals, insects etc because they have lived with nature as one community and not as “secondary creatures or citizens”.

Musanze: Kinigi Cultural Village/ Community Tours: Get to understand the unique culture of Rwandese through their daily life and knowledge of the environment, poetry, folklores, dancing, singing, pottery and the theoretical hunt gathering skills. It’s one of the thrilling experiences and very adventurous as you try to adapt to the Rwandan so called “pygmy” homes and lifestyle. The village tours estimated to benefit approximately 300 local people.

Musanze & Mutara: Banana & Sorghum Beer Production Experiences: Banana and sorghum are some of our staple food products in Rwanda and they are used in different ways i.e.as food, local beer and dilute drinks etc. They are very important in the cultural practices and ceremonies most especially during our traditional wedding ceremonies, settling of disputes between community members, bonding relationship between different families etc. Rwanda has over four different species of banana plants and each species of banana plant has got unique uses and values; practically, the visitors will learn and understand while in the field. The tours benefit mostly around 70 women local members plus their extended families.

Ruhengeri & Kabarore: Village Walks;
Visiting local markets and introduction to the traditional dishes: The day starts with visiting a local markets where they sell local food stuffs; the environment in the market trains you on how to adapt to the African shopping environment where we don’t often have fixed prices and hence need to learn/ acquire the bargaining skills and convince the seller to provide lower or good prices which is quite interesting because you mutually reach a price or compromise on the price in a friendly manner and at times, it develops and bonds the friendship amongst community members. There’s no exploitation in the market because you have a right to compare prices with other sellers or markets etc. After the market experience, our local Rwandese women will equip you with the knowledge and skills relating to the Rwandese traditional dish preparations right from peeling, traditional packaging in banana leaves, preparation with different local spices etc until you eat or served your own food. The visitors get historical information about the food taboos previously practiced by/within our cultures and the current respected norms related to eating etc.

Bee keeping, pottery/ceramics, wood carving & Traditional Games: This bonds you with the elderly Rwandan men and women through the unique Rwandan cultural games; an experience worth trying!

Kibungo: - Imigongo Tour: The tour introduces our visitors to the unique modeling and paintings called IMIGONGO literally meaning backs or back in singular; developed by the Rwandese society long time ago around 1500 years by Prince Kakira the son of King KIMENYI of Gisaka kingdom part of the great Rwandan kingdom in current eastern province. Kakira invented the idea of embellishing and making more attractive art designs for decorations in the houses. They use cow dung from calves and mix it with ash and then make different designs ranging from the back of elephant, elbow designs to mention but a few. The designs come from their memories reflecting different things or items etc in memory of the designer. They have over ten different designs with well documented interpretations. The colours used come from natural soils and plants for instance white comes from kaolin, red from natural clay soil, the black colour from the sap of the aloe plant – Igikakarubamba mixed with ash of peeled banana and solanum aculeastrum plant – Umutobotobo. This type of art craft is very unique and only found in Rwanda. The other important part of the tour is that, it’s helping in maintaining this culture from where it originated since we discovered that this cultural practice of IMIGOGO was fading out in the community but after introducing the tours, the community members are now getting back to their traditional art craft practices as it helps in preserving the culture, provide incomes to the members of the community as we try to widen the market for their products and it’s part of the employment pillars in the village. Most of the members of the association totaling to fifty are widows following the tragedy of the genocide in 1994.

Gatsibo: Pastoralist Heritage: The culture of pastoralist has been hereditary; the social characteristics of the Rwandese pastoralists can still be traced in parts of the eastern province in Gatsibo district and Nyagatare district. The rural life in these villages elegantly and conventionally gives a very unique experience about the culture of grazing, introduces you to the history and value of cows in Rwanda including the INYAMBO cows which were very significant in many cultural festivals brought up by Kigwa a descendant of Gihanga. The importance of cows ranges from paying dowry to strengthening relationships between families or individuals. The beauty of a cow is exhibited in the cultural dances of Rwanda. The tour takes you to the pastoralist village where guests observe and participate in the tradition of cattle grazing; get ready to make your own traditional rain coat from grass, learn how to milk with your own hands and no machines here! After milking, the pastoralists will show you the different calabashes used in preserving milk and the qualification it takes to make one; this goes in line with norms of handling calabashes, drinking milk etc. Milk is used in different ways for example taken fresh after milking it or fermented to make traditional yoghurt in a traditional way, and the unforgettable experience of making ghee, which ends with cooking local food with your own ghee and eating your own ghee.
Over 30 pastoralists with their families do benefit directly through the tours plus the entire community which benefits from the established Tourism Community Development Fund.
In the same village, you get the opportunity to learn about the historical monuments left behind by some prominent kings like King MUSINGA 1, RWABUGIRI, MUTARA 111 – RUDAHIGWA and RUGANZU around 1902.