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Rwanda Cultural Experience

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Cultural heritage sites are often overlooked when it comes to traveling in Africa, but as part of our history, they hold a lot of meaning. Understanding the pattern of cultural evolutions and preservations over centuries connects us as we learn about the journeys taken to transform various cultures.

In order to fully understand what has made Rwanda the country that it is today, we must first look at its people and its past. Mama Africa Safari Takes you to a cultural and heritage site worth visiting in

About a two-hour drive from Kigali is one of Rwanda’s most historic tourist sites which attracts both locals and foreigners interested in its mythical stories. The rock is a legend to be dripping with honey which was used to attract all the people of the surrounding forest, including Ndaba, the greedy hunter who is said to have perished at the bottom of the rock in the basin of honey.

According to legend, before Ndaba’s death, his fellow hunters lowered a rope down the rock which Ndaba would use to climb up to collect the honey into pots. But their greedy friend kept them waiting while he ate the honey himself until finally they all gave up and left the rock. After stuffing himself with honey, Ndaba decided to leave for home too, but it was too late and there was no rope to help him out of the rock. Ndaba tried to climb out but lost balance and hit his head on the rock and died.

This story teaches Rwanda visitors and locals not to be greedy, as greed will only bring trouble to communities. The Ndaba rock also features a magnificent waterfall which visitors can marvel at.


Itinerary

1. Iby’iwacu Cultural Village

Musanze has an amazing cultural village that is open to, and welcomes, foreign travelers, especially those who visit Rwanda for gorilla tracking safaris in the Volcanoes National Park. The area is home to mountain gorillas, as well as colobus and golden monkeys, Dian Fossey’s tomb and a cultural village full of rich traditions.

A welcoming performance by the warriors, the witch doctor’s station, the blacksmith and wedding ceremonies are some of the most exciting cultural village activities. You may also get to experience the traditional ‘ntore’ dance. The breathtaking dance sees the ladies move their arms like flying birds while the men make stride jumps, like hunters protecting their catch. This keeps some tourists stuck to their seats, while others join the procession to see if they can test their skills.


 

2. Cultural Museums In Nyamata

With collections from ancient colonial times and kingship traditions, the cultural museums in Nyamata are not to be missed. Learn more about Rwanda values and traditions as the communities embrace visitors, who are regarded as good luck.

Rwanda is a country that is blessed with both a rich history and an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. From encountering the mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park to primate treks and birding safaris, there is no shortage of things to experience in this diverse country.


 

3. Rwanda Genocide Memorials

As you travel through the country, you will see many genocides memorial museums preserved in various districts for people to reflect on the past. When in Rwanda, endeavor to visit one of these museums and hear the stories as told by the survivors about how race and tribal extremism can lead to societal collapse.

Among the many genocide sites in Rwanda, one of the most popular to visit is the Bisesero genocide memorial site. The memorial has displays showing the skulls and the clothing of victims, and can be quite difficult to stomach at times. Entrance to all genocide sites is free, but some tourists offer tokens of appreciation to the guides who walk them around the different sections of the museums including the mass grave where many victims were buried.

What's Included on The Price

Price Includes

  • Transfers to and from Airport
  • Game safari as per sample itinerary 
  •  Camp accommodation for the duration of the safari.
  • Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences 
  • Private 4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch 
  • Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
  • All Park entrance fees
  • All meals on the safari
  • Water during safari 
  • All game viewing activities specified
  • Price quoted per person  in US dollars

Price Excludes

  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas and water at lodges
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew –
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities and all items of a personal nature, medical and personal insurance, accommodation and meals before/after the tour, tips for the crew. 
  •  Sightseeing, excursions and optional activities other than those specified.
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