The Rwandan culture – one of the incredible Rwanda tour products includes its national population and citizens in the Diaspora living in the neighboring states who speak the Kinyarwanda language, particularly in Eastern Congo and some parts of Uganda especially those who went as refugees during the Rwandan turbulent times but still maintain a strong identification with their Rwandan disposition.
Rwanda’s most important ethnic divisions are the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. These three groups share the same culture as they speak the same language, practice the same religion and live interspersed throughout the territory. These ethnic groups were initially identified with distinct economic activities, the Tutsi had cattle, Hutu were famers while the Twa are fruit gatherers in the forests, and each group had a distinct role in public rituals along with varying dress code. Though there has been great intermixing between these tribal groups, some of these differences in the traditional societal setting still exist and are explored during cultural tours in Rwanda.
The Rwandan food is quite of a simple nature but extremely delicious, the beans, bananas, sweet potatoes, and sorghum can totally leave you mesmerized about a sumptuous African dish. Dairy products are also widely consumed particularly a traditional drink of curdled milk, this is simply appetizing. The fatty meat primarily beef, goat and chicken is also very common probably from the Tutsi cattle keepers.
Music and dance is another vital aspect in the tradition of Rwanda with people having a variety of music and dance ranging from acts demonstrating epics that commemorate excellence and bravery, humorous lyrics and the awful songs of the genocide. The traditional hymns are often accompanied by a solitary Lulunga, a sharp- like instrument with eight strings and more celebratory dances are backed by drum orchestra which comprises of seven to nine members to produce exciting rhythms.
The Kinyarwanda dance is also another fine exponent that will take your breathe, during an epic safari in Rwanda. Without forgetting also modern Rwandan music is heard in the churches, weddings, and other public functions around the country. A wide range of traditional handicrafts is also produced, ranging from ceramics and basketry to traditional woodcarvings and contemporary paintings with a good selection of crafted artifacts being seen in the main market in Kigali. World travelers often purchase these as souvenir for their Rwanda safaris.
During the Rwanda gorilla safari, the travelers are treated to an exciting traditional performance as they await gorilla trekking briefing at Kinigi park headquarters. An extended Rwanda cultural experience can be explored at iby’wachu cultural village in Musaze, Dancing pots community in Gisenyi, Imigongo art community in Rwamagana and the southern sites of Nyanza and Butare.