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Cultural Encounters in Rwanda

Cultural Encounters in Rwanda

Rwanda is known for its natural beauty it is commonly termed as the land of a thousand hills because of its unending rolling beautiful hills, valleys, and crystal clear lakes and rivers, it is home to a large scope of biodiversity despite its small size, Cultural encounters in Rwanda is across the country, it gives a rare chance to interact with the community, which is one of the most amazing ways to meet the hospitable people of Rwanda, Rwanda is a country with few ethnic groups but rich in culture. Volcanoes national park is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas and Golden Monkeys, most travelers that come to the conservation area are most interested in the two activities however there is more to the national park than the primates.

The gorilla village is situated right outside the conservation area, the Ibywacu community was founded in 2005, as a result of wanting to improve the livelihoods of the reformed poachers of the forest species, they learned to appreciate tourism and hence passing on culture through dance, tradition, norms, and customs, the Rwandan village offers the Rwandan community way of living in the old traditional years, visitors will have a chance to meet the locals in their day-today livelihood, one is allowed to get involved in performing the activities like cooking, drumming, guides will take you through stories of long ago and witnessed a replica of the king’s ways of the ancient tradition. Dance performances like the Intore dance and drumming are performed to entertain visitors. Visiting the traditional healer who will teach you about the herbal medicines and the type of disease that it does heal.

Visiting the Ibywacu community will give you an insight into the Rwanda culture. More cultural encounters can be experienced at the Nyanza kings palacewhich is located in the Butare district in the Nyanza province, this was the traditional seat of the Rwanda Kingdom the palace has been renovated and visitors can take a tour at the replica of the King’s palace. The Rwanda museum is located in the Huye district enroute to Nyungwe forest national the museum boasts some of the best archeological findings, you will find artifacts that showcase the country’s evolution progress, several other museums in Rwanda are a part of collecting these old historical-cultural facts. The memorial genocide ground is among the moats visited places, it marks a point where many people lost their dear lives during the civil tribal wars.

Other park activities include mountain gorilla trekking, which is the most common of the things to do while in volcanoes national park, it begins in the morning at the visitor center, in search of the primates, an hour is allowed with the mountain gorillas, Golden monkeys ae the second-best option in the park, they live within the bamboo forested region of Volcanoes, the parks bird list is incredible and an important place to go birding. Volcanoes are home to five volcanic mountains which present an opportunity to Hike the mountains while visiting the national park

It is approximately placed 2-hour drive from the city center of Kigali, among Africa’s nearest destinations with easy access, it can be visited all year round but is best during the drier season of high tourism activity, most of the park activities can be combined in several safari packages to have the best of Volcanoes National Park.

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