Iby’wacu Cultural Village is a notable non profit umbrella organisation with the intention of enhancing the lives of the communities including reformed poachers around the Rwanda gorilla trekking safari destination of Volcanoes National Park. The centre attempts to achieve its motive through provision of conservation incentives, livelihood based projects and supporting the development of community enterprise.
However, the positioning of this cultural village goes beyond the livelihood change to offer a one stop shop for the Rwandan culture and heritage to the satisfaction of Rwanda Safari tour undertakers. The village offers a touch of the traditional Rwandan village that has co-existed alongside the Mountain Gorilla habitat for centuries past.
The Iby’ Iwachu Cultural presents an exciting opportunity to explore the local people in their traditional environment gaining a true taste of their cultural and heritage traditions. The village offers a range of activities that can be engaged in by any traveller on Safari in Rwanda including; community walk guided by an indigenous guide, visiting the replica of the King’s house and learn more about the history of the Rwandan monarchy, exploring the eight (8) forms of traditional dance and the respective musical instruments, listening to the remarkable Gorilla Songs sung by Ngayabatema, visiting the traditional healer, local schools and participating in the local banana beer brewing process.
Other activities that can be engaged in include; Batwa pottery making, hunting techniques of ex-poachers, football matches with the local people, Art and craft making and sharing cultural experiences which combine to make the inclusion of Iby’ iwacu cultural village on the list of what to explore while planning safaris to Rwanda worthwhile.
The village is also a good destination for agricultural tourism where the guests go along with the local people as they set out to the fields for livestock rearing and cultivation. This offers an experiential touch of the local methods of farming.
The tour to the Iby’ iwacu cultural village can be done as part of the gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park since the village is positioned in Kinigi.