Iby'iwacu Cultural Village

Iby'iwacu Cultural Village, Kinigi: Address, Iby'iwacu Cultural Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Iby'iwacu Cultural Village
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AndyouandI
New York1,507 contributions
A Lot of Fun
Jul 2021
Of course, this is totally aimed at tourists, but the hour spent here was so much fun and it gives you a good overview of Rwandan historical culture. It also supports local craftspeople and local economy. You can buy handmade souvenirs and even try some banana beer! Don’t miss it!
Written 23 July 2021
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Panurgic
Boca Raton, FL97 contributions
Must see this, it's a surprise. AKA: Poachers Village
Jun 2021
Our guide took us here after the golden monkey tour. It was great. Everyone at the village is involved and wants you to have a nice experience.

Educational, fun, helping the local community.

Take the time and just do it !!
Written 29 June 2021
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C001
Lincoln, NE572 contributions
This is a MUST DO!! I had a few hours to kill, saw the good reviews and this turned out to be a highlight or my trip.
Dec 2020 • Solo
I cannot believe my travel agent didn’t put this on my travel agenda. It was a last minute, this place has good reviews, I should check it out.

Oh my this is a MUST DO!!!!
I learned so much and was entertained and why does everyone is Rwanda treat visitors like a cross between the Queen of England and Beyoncé. I felt so welcome every single place I went.

I was there during Covid and the covid protocols might be a hassle but it was so incredibly safe and comfortable there and people compiled and I never felt one second unsafe but some of the activities are modified.

Even with the modified activities here, no banana beer tasting, it was SO MUCH FUN and educational. I would have missed out on so much history and understanding of Rwanda itself and their conservation efforts if I had not made this visit.

Highest recommendation. Ask you travel agent to include it!!!!!
Written 21 December 2020
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TravelingFamilyTrip
Chicago, IL167 contributions
Fun and educational
Jan 2020
We learned about the local culture and had a lot of fun doing it. Got to take part in a mock wedding procession. The staff were a lot of fun.
Written 27 February 2020
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Jolly K
2 contributions
nice place
Feb 2020
during our stay at le bambou gorilla lodge, we got time to visit iby'iwacu culture village and learnt more about the rwandese culture
Written 17 February 2020
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Andrew
15 contributions
Uncomfortable experience
Feb 2020
Would highly recommend this experience for children, as well as for getting a base understanding of local traditions and customs. It's incredible what the community has built, and part of a larger theme of Rwanda creating jobs and opportunities for those who previously poached in the region.

That said, we were the only ones at the exhibit at the time and felt some of the presentation was very colonial and uncomfortable.
Written 17 February 2020
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icin
Dublin7 contributions
What a find!
Jan 2020 • Family
Given that our three children were not allowed in to the Virunga National Park, we were on the lookout for an alternative activity. The area is very much focused on the gorillas, their conservation, etc. and for that reason, an alternative activity was surprisingly difficult to uncover, but what a gem we found! Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village was well-organised and interactive.The guides succeeded in engaging (completely!) our travel-weary pre-teens and all of us came away having learned a lot about Rwanda, the area and its people.
Written 3 January 2020
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Bidule05
France427 contributions
Isabelle (France)
Nov 2019
Very interesting cultural village. It's an excellent experience and a way to support the local community.
Written 25 November 2019
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Holly D
Houston, TX18 contributions
This must-see small village turned poachers into preservers of Rwandan Culture
Sep 2019
This village tour tells the story of a young man who had the vision to help families stop poaching in the forest to sustain their families. He convince them that tourists would be interested in learning about their culture and they could sustain their families by sharing various and interesting parts of Rwandan life. From blacksmithing to making banana beer to grinding flour, herbal medicine and more. You are then given a historical lesson and my husband and I got to be King and Queen for the experience. We witnessed a traditiona wedding ceremony that is still typical for weddings today. The drumming and dancing was fantastic. It was a joy to support this organization and know that we were contributing to the vision of community involvement in conservation and sustaining the environment of the precious mountain gorillas.
Written 22 September 2019
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brodskjr
Hillsboro, New Mexico21 contributions
Translates Gorilla Guardians
Aug 2019
This spot portrays the past and some of the traditions of the people of Rwanda. It teaches how the people have learned to respect wildlife and discourage poaching. You will be asked to join in on some of the displays and try your hand at some of the old-time activities. Drummers and dancers will perform some of the traditional ceremonies such as weddings.
Written 4 September 2019
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