The culture of Rwanda is varied. Unlike many countries in Africa, Rwanda has been a unified state since pre-colonial times, populated by the Banyarwanda people who share a single language and cultural heritage. Music and dance are an essential part of Rwandan ceremonies, celebration, social gatherings and storytelling.
King’s palace Museum (King Mutara III Rudahigwa) in Nyanza:
This Nyanza based Palace was the residence of King Mutara III Rudahigwa until his death. It was built in 1932 by Belgium government and is located about 88 km south of Kigali city. This museum is a cultural center that provides apprehension into Rwanda’s monarchy tradition over the past 200 years. The museum offers a view of Rwandan traditional seat of the King. Most of the traditional materials and objects in the museum were destroyed while others stolen during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
However, in order to restore it to its authentic 19th century state, certain traditional materials were added and these include Traditional cows locally known as “Inyambo” because it present the culture of the Rwandese. While at this museum, you get the chance to visit Rwanda burial grounds of King Mutara III and his precious wife Rosalie Gicanda on a neighboring hill of Mwima.
Iby’Iwacu cultural village:
This cultural village is located in Musanze district around Volcanoes National Park. Iby’Iwacu is a Kinyarwanda word meaning “Treasure of our home” the cultural village exhibits cultural practices of the three tribes of Rwanda that is Hutu, Tutsi and the Batwa. They have several tourists’ activities that tourists can enjoy and these include learning how to prepare traditional foods, 8 different traditional dances are presented (Intore, Ikembe, Amakondera and Ingoma among others).
Tourists that come to Rwanda for gorilla safaris do also participate in community walks, visit to the former king’s palace, visit the traditional herbalists and clinics, Batwa pottery making among other fascinating activities. Iby’Iwacu cultural village is a place where nature meets culture.
Which is located in the heart of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park, just 15 kilometers from Uwinka Visitors Centre. You can access the village via a path at the end of the beautiful Canopy Walk. Once again, you are warmly welcomed with song and dance before touring the village.
Traditional basket-weaving, maize-grinding, medicine-making, and a chance to sample the local cuisine are just a few of the ways you can enjoy a personal experience with Rwandan people. Fortuitous timing of your visit may even give you a front-row seat to a traditional wedding ceremony.
Kigali Cultural Villages
A traditional market space where local artisans & food vendors exhibit and trade their goods, the Kigali Cultural Village also hosts events, workshops, festivals and music.