Kigali city tour also visiting Gisozi Memorial Site and wind up the day by visiting more genocide memorial sites.
Days 1: Arrival.
Arrival in Kigali – Welcome by your tour guide – check-in at hotel – optional afternoon activities (depending on time of arrival) – overnight at hotel/Lodge recommended.
Days 2: Kigali city tour, Genocide Sites and the Reconciliation Village in Bugesera.
Kigali city tour also visiting Gisozi Memorial Site and wind up the day by visiting more genocide memorial sites and the reconciliation village in Bugesera. Overnight at recommended hotel.
Days 3: Pastoralist Heritage.
The culture of pastoralist has been hereditary; the social characteristics of the Rwandese pastoralists can still be traced in parts of the eastern province in Nyagatare District. The rural life in these villages elegantly and conventionally gives a very unique experience about the culture of grazing, introduces you to the history and values of cows in Rwanda including the INYAMBO cows which were very significant in many cultural festivals brought up by Kigwa.
The beauty of a cow is exhibited in the cultural dances of Rwanda. The tour takes to the pastoralist village where observe and participate in the tradition cattle grazing; get ready to make your own traditional rain coat from grass, learn how to milk with your own hands. After milking, the pastoralist will show you different calabashes used in preserving milk and qualification it take to make one; this goes in line with norms of handling calabashes, drinking milk. Tour ends with visiting some monuments left behind by the former kings. Overnight at recommended hotel.
Days 4: Imigongo Tour.
The tour introduces our visitors to the unique modeling and paintings called IMIGONGO literally meaning backs; developed by the Rwandese society long time ago around 1500years by Prince Kakira the son of King KIMENYI of Gisaka kingdom part of the great Rwandan kingdom in current eastern province. Kakira invented the idea of embellishing and making more attractive art designs for decorations in the houses.
They use cow dung from calves and mix it with ash and then make different designs ranging from the back of elephant, elbow designs to mention but a few because the designs come from their memories about different things or items . They have over ten different designs with well documented interpretations.
The colours used come from natural soils and plants for instance white comes from kaolin, red from natural clay soil forming ochre, the black colour from the sap of the aloe plant – Igikakarubamba mixed with ash of peeled banana and solanum aculeastrum plant – Umutobotobo. This type of art craft is very unique and only found in Rwanda. The other important part of the tour is that, it’s helping in maintaining this culture from where it originated since we discovered that this cultural practice of Imigongo was fading out in the community but after introducing the tours, the community members are now getting back to their traditional art craft practices as it helps in preserving the culture, provide incomes to the members of the community.
Days 5: Ethno Botany Tours:
Back to hotel. Overnight at recommended hotel or spend a night in a Rwandan home.4
Days 6: Village Tours.
Get to understand the unique culture of Rwandese through their daily life and knowledge of the environment, poetry, folklores, dancing, singing, pottery and the theoretical hunt gathering skills. It’s one of the thrilling experiences and very adventurous as you try to adapt to the Rwandan so called “pygmy” homes and lifestyle.
Days 7: Cultural and departure.
Interaction with community members on their culture, meet local leaders and understanding on how conflicts are resolved traditionally. Afterwards, spot the cooking for lunch and transfer back to Kigali and to the airport.