Iby’iwacu is in the Northern Province musanze district around volcanoes national park in Nyabigoma in Rwanda. On your Rwanda safari visit to Iby’iwacu cultural village, you get a chance to meet local people in their local environment, taste the cultural and traditional life-style which includes the daily life, activities and artifacts.
Visitors are happily welcomed by local people with special local songs and cultural dances; they will also proudly present to their visitors different aspects of their traditions and norms, ways of living and beliefs. The only way to know more about these people is by getting close to them, having an interaction on their lifestyle, culture and traditional beliefs.
Well as Rwanda safari visitors are in Iby’iwacu village, they also can have a wider safari experience is IGITARAMO where all visitors gather around the camp-fire especially during evening hours after all the visitors have done gorilla trekking and this one of the best activities visitors enjoy after gorilla tracking, with drums and local dances before the sunset. This is the point where stories are recounted by the story tellers and by the old Rwandese whereas everybody is seated around the camp fire.
Iby’iwacu is a fantastic village with a variety of African cultural experiences to offer to the visitors and the best ways you can get to learn more about these people, culture, ways of living and also taking part in their everyday activities.
Agro-tourism is one of the best safari activities with a wider experience in this area. This is where Rwanda gorilla safari visitors join local people when going to their farms to work and learn how to work, harvest and also participate in processing some foods like millet grinding, carrying water on their heads and participating in preparing local dishes.
There are community walks and these are guided by the community members who direct visitors on different sites that are to be visited within their community. The community walk offers an unforgettable insight into the daily life of the local people.
Visiting the king’s palace is one of the most amazing activities which involves listening to the kings historical stories, their meanings and the different symbols used within the palace. In this place, you become the king for a minute, hours or days if wish to be so.
Enjoy the eight different types of dances like the intore dance, traditional drumming, ibyivugo, the umuduri, the ikembe, inigiri, inanga, ingoma and akakenko. These are the different types of traditional dances performed by different age groups and sexes that is; men, women, youth and children.
Preparing traditional dishes and dinning with local people is also one of amazing activities that visitor on Rwanda safaris who are interested in learning how local dishes are prepared can go for.
There is visiting the traditional healers who teach visitors and demonstrate to them the different types of traditional plants and shrubs and learn about the different ways on how patients are administered.
Visiting local village schools is also one of the highly interesting safari activities where you are warmly welcomed by young boys and girls with their songs and also attending their lessons and seeing how they are taught and if you are a teacher you can as well offer them a one hour lesson.
While in this village, make use of the dust-bins that are available and also carry all the non-degradable litter. More so when taking photos, respect the privacy of the community people or ask the guide or the community leader first if it’s right.
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