Community tourism in Rwanda is the type of tourism that engages the locals living around the country’s attractions to engage and be part of the tourism in the country. The community people have a chance to showcase and share their culture with tourists. Promoting community tourism is worth it as it largely targets the local communities and the residents rather than the government. Through community tourism, residents, especially in areas with struggling economies, host and accommodate tourists.
This practice ensures that the residents become the primary beneficiaries, ultimately leading to the enhancement of their livelihoods in the community. This gives an insight that promoting community visits is for the tourism and service sector as well as the residents who in turn will earn a living as service providers. Today the concern is largely based on establishing good and affordable accommodation facilities to ensure quality service provision and in the long run boosts the tourism sector in the country.
In Rwanda, there have been several community-based Tourism projects that have been set up. These attract tourists through their lodging facilities, cultural encounters, homestays, traditional performances, ecotourism activities, and many others. While undertaking their tours, many tourists desire to experience traditional life by interacting with community members around the protected areas. Hence, community tourism activities are created to suit the demand at hand.
Located away from Akagera National Park, the Humure Refugee village is one of the cultural villages that can be visited in Rwanda during the cultural tours. The Humure Refugee village is a group of people from Tanzania who migrated to Rwanda for better living conditions because at home in Tanzania they were running away from many wars in the country. At the Humure refugee village, you will have an amazing time during your tour around the Humure Refugee Village.
During the tours around the cultural village, you will get to participate in several activities like the way they carried them out in Tanzania. These include; poetry, and beer making like banana brew. You will also learn how to milk cows and engage in other interesting activities that can be rewarding for tourists in the park. Several women in the community will entertain you, offering an amazing time with cultural dances and plays as a form of cultural exchange. By the end of the day, you will gain insights into the culture of the community members and discover how they have adjusted to living in Rwanda.
As part of your cultural experiences in Rwanda, you will have an amazing time visiting the Ibyiwacu community. It was originally a community of poachers that took pride in poaching the ‘’gentle giants’’ the mountain gorillas but with rehabilitation, they were able to understand the role of the mountain gorillas and their sustainability and in a way, they stopped the activity because they realized that they would benefit from the gorillas rather than destroying them.
Today, several visitors participate in gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Afterward, they visit the community as well to have a valuable intimate cultural experience. As you learn the history of the former poachers, you will get to see them demonstrating traditional dance and music. You will also see them demonstrate how the kings and queens of Rwanda used to live. Additionally, you will encounter the long-horned cattle, which the community treasures like humans. Participate in singing to the long-horned cattle, an integral part of the unique attraction, and actively engage in cooking with the local people. After the experience, enjoy feasting on the tasty meals and explore many other interesting attractions for rewarding community experiences in Rwanda.
In Rwanda, the best way to facilitate community-visitor interaction is by engaging with the Ubumwe community. The Ubumwe Center accommodates adults with disabilities and their children. Ubumwe community is a place where children are given an option of education, where they can learn skills, work, and also be able to live independently. It helps over 130 children and adults with counseling, primary education, vocational training, and workshop employment. It offers a safe, inspiring, and nurturing atmosphere for the local children who are both healthy and or have a disability. While on your safari in Rwanda, you can also engage in educational visits with some practical work with adults and children.
A guided walk through the Nyange community will allow you to see how locals work and earn a living. You’ll tour the homes of iron smiths, mat weavers, local banana beer brewers, and carpenters.
You’ll also witness, and if you choose, partake in the preparation of traditional Rwandan food – and cultural dances with the locals.
Visiting Rwanda for a community tour could be much easier and more convenient. All you need is to trust those who have experience in organizing your tour package. Contact us for the best of community tourism and other tourism activities in both Uganda and Rwanda including chimpanzee trekking, gorilla trekking, boat cruises, wildlife safaris, and many others for the most memorable experience.