People of Rwanda & their Culture
Iby’iwacu cultural village, also known as the Gorilla Guardians village is a non-profit organization located near the Volcanoes national park in Nyabigoma, Kinigi, Musanze district, Northern province in Rwanda. It was established in 2005 with the aim of improving the former poachers lives as well as communities around the Volcanoes national park. As you visit this cultural village, you get to explore the culture and lifestyle of the people of Rwanda.
Cultural village also reflects on the traditional lifestyle of the people of Rwanda how they have lived their life back in the centuries. A visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural village also helps the tourists to connect directly to the local people as they go by their daily activities like preparing the local brew commonly known as Urwarwa from the beginning to a fully finished drink and a tourist can also taste the local brew. There is no better way of understanding the local people as well as understanding their country than visiting and interacting with them directly.
A trip to the land of a thousand hills is considered incomplete without a trip to this cultural village. A visit to the gorilla guardian village gives you the chance to meet the local people, visit s traditional healer, community walks, traditional dances through music and drama, local banana brewing process up to the final stage to consumption, craft making by women, children and men as well as a visit to the king’s palace.
Tourists willing to take a visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural village can decide to take part in the community walk around the neighboring villages. This gives them the opportunity to get to connect to the local people directly as well as learning more about how they conduct their day to day activities.
Get entertained by the local dance group for example the Intore dance by the Ngayabatema on the local stringed instruments as well as African drums
Listen to interesting stories from the local medicine man and these are most probably about the Rwandan old traditions on the types of local herbs, trees and shrubs that were used for medicine at the time and how sick people were cured.
King’s palace visit
Take a trip to the king’s palace with the help of a cultural guide. Here you get a chance to participate for instance becoming the king of the day as you exercise the powers of the king presented to you by a village elder through a village ceremony. During this particular exercise as you carry out kingship duties, you can be enthroned as well.
Make it a point to taste the food of Rwanda. This can be done by visiting a local restaurant or dinning with the locals
Tourists who are interested in education can visit a local school to see the importance of education to students in a developing country. Become a teacher by participating in offering lessons to the students as well as participating in becoming a student by attending class lessons.
Local Beer brewing process
Taste the local brew commonly known as Urwarwa locally made from the banana. You can also participate in the brewing exercise and at the end you taste the local beer after it has been brewed.
Batwa cultural experience
Tourists with the help of a local guide can visit the Batwa to see the different things done in their setting for example pottery experience. Also get to learn about their cultural and fascinating as well as their rich history.
Cost of visiting the Gorilla Guardians village
Tourists visiting the Iby’iwacu cultural village pay USD35 per person and those who wish to stay for a night pay USD75 per person.
When to visit
Iby’iwacu cultural village is open to tourists all year round
Rwanda is also one of the countries with a rich fascinating history on culture. This trip to the Iby’iwacu cultural village can be combined with a tour to the Volcanoes national park for mountain gorilla trekking.