Visit Rwanda Beyond Gorilla Experiences
Community tourism – City walk and site seeing – The Kigali city tour gives you a historical experience and cultural sites of Rwanda. You will visit Kandt house or museum of natural history where Dr. Richard Kandt the first German colonial resident of Rwanda lived.
Located at the base of Mount Jali and Mount Kigali his residence is in the heart of the city it’s a Natural History Museum in honor of his work. This takes a between 1 to 1 hour and thirty minutes in total depending on how you engage the museum
Kigali city is best be described as small but buzzling with activity, the sightseeing tours in Rwanda is designed to give you a general feel and overview of the history, and physical nature of the town, the Daily way of life of the People, the culture, who are the main inhabitants, the most entertainment spots, most popular eat-outs
Museum – The national museum of Rwanda is located in Huye district which is en route to Nyungwe Forest National Park, 132 km from Kigali. It is the largest and renowned of all the museums in Rwanda.
The museum is blessed with some of the best ethnographic and archaeological collections in East Africa of more than 10,000 artifacts. These materials include maps, photos, art objects and artifacts documenting hunting, fishing, basketry, pottery, textiles, woodcarving and metallurgy.
You will get insights of not only pre – colonial times but also the development curve of Rwanda and its cultural history journey but to also give glimpses in more of Rwanda beyond the national parks, wildlife and cities.
Genocide memorial, inaugurated in 2004, the Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi is where approximately 250,000 remains of victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi were layer. This memorial also serves to educate about how the Genocide against the Tutsi took shape
Volcanoes community experience
Music and dance; Traditional music of Rwanda is dominated by ikinimba. It tells stories of heroes and kings. The dance is a show of strength and stamina, specifically for cattle farmers, and is performed to celebrate the harvest. It is accompanied by instruments like ingoma, ikembe, iningiri, umuduri and inanga.
Rwandan falk music is unique its dominated by the 5/8 rhythm, in drums and dance, before most traditional music is played, family members gather together in the evening for igitaramo, literally meaning company. Then they dance, sing and boast about what they had accomplished during the day.
While dancers dance, members of the chorus clap their hands to add rhythm and to cheer and encourage the dancers. Usually, this clapping group is composed of female and male vocalists and can support dancers with flowing choruses.
Local beer making– The Rwandan unique and famous Sorghum Beer brewing experience gives you hands-on skills in the process of brewing traditional sorghum beer. Sorghum is, a brown and white cereal crop first domesticated in the Niger Valley as early as 7000 BC. Since then, the crop has spread across all continents.
The brewing experience involves joining a group of indigenous women to brewing traditional sorghum beer. The experience includes seed cultivation, sowing, harvesting, winnowing, drying, grinding on a traditional grinding stone, and fermenting beer known locally as ikigage with an alcoholic content ranging from3-6. This drink is enjoyed in the traditional way from a calabash using a wooden straw.
The Congo Nile trail – The Congo Nile Trail is a hiking and biking tours in Rwanda. The trail can be completed on foot, by bike or by kayak. The Congo Nile Trail traverses a series of interconnected single paths, dirt roads and hiking tracks through the tropical Kivu Belt Region on the shores of Lake Kivu
Karongi island tour – swimming cow experience.
The farmers around Karongi use the islands as grazing pastures for their cattle. They do not transport the cows there by boat but rather let the cows swim there. The herdsmen and their cattle swim from one island to another in a dugout canoe made from a tree trunk.
Rwanda’s history has special bond with cows. The swimming cows experience is a very unique experience which you are unlikely to encounter.
The landscape surrounding the island is breathtaking and the many green hills outside Karongi island, these give a beautiful and tropical feeling. Once you reach the island where the cows are kept the herdsmen will start to usher the cows into the water. From the comfort of the boat, you watch as the herdsmen herd the swimming cows in their dugout canoes towards another island. The tour ends once the cows have safely reached the destined island.
3-Agro tourism experience.
The coffee tourism experience, includes a farm tour to see the coffee plants from seed to cup, learning about the process of coffee production from those who live and breathe it. Coffee farm tours are usually offered by local farmers. During this increasingly popular tourism experience, you’ll receive a full farm tour where you can see the coffee plants and learn about the process of coffee production from those who live and breathe it
Coffee tasting tours of coffee plantations generally include a coffee-tasting element to the experience. However, coffee tasting is a popular type of coffee tourism in its own right
Tea is a brownish beverage with a sweet smell added to hot water in a cup as a drink, its associated with among waking up the brain and with numerous medicinal attributes.
The Pfunda tea plantations stretch over several square kilometers and with wonderful views over an endless sea of light green tea bushes crisscrossed with pathways and streams covering the rolling hills and valleys. Once at the plantations, all visitors are given the same aprons, gloves and picking baskets as everyone else.
Tourists get crash courses in tea picking before setting out into the plantation to pick tea. Tea picking is not as easy and straightforward as it might seem. Tea picking in Rwanda is totally manual and does not rely on any machinery.
All tea is picked by hand. Only the young top three leaves on the bush are picked together with the bud – an un expanded leaf at the top of the shoot. This new growth on the top of the tea plant is called the flush and is what the whole tea production is based on. As Rwanda is situated on the Equator, new flush is generated and can be picked all year round.
After your group has been picking tea for a while, you will now head over to one of the weighing stations situated at the edge of the field. At the weighing stations, each person’s harvest is measured along with the harvest of the other workers at the plantation.
Normally, each worker is paid for the day based on performance. You will now have the opportunity to see how well your performance compares the workers
The tea is weighed and transported tote factory to undergoes, wilting, crashing, fermentation, drying, crushing and later grading tasting and packaging.
After learning and experiencing how the tea is processed in different ways into different tastes and products, you will have the opportunity to taste different kinds of tea to fully understand how the different treatments and variations create many variations of tastes.