Rwanda’s exceptional culture is one of the key features that make Rwanda Safari Tour a lifetime experience. It is undeniable that a safari to Rwanda without a taste of its distinct and indigenous culture is surely incomplete. Rwanda’s culture comprises of traditional dances, songs, poems, interacting with local people, and the festivals. It is also named as the “Land of Thousand Hills”, there are several activities and natural beauty that you can enjoy.
Listed below are some of the traditions and customs followed in Rwanda and you should also keep this in mind during your Rwanda Safari.
- Refusing to partake to offered food or drink is considered a grave insult.
- The host here first sip the drinks and taste the food before passing them to the guest to show that they are safe for consumption and have not been poisoned.
- The Rwandan men enjoy drinking beer but the women rarely drink alcohol in any form. They drink tea with lots of milk and sugar. You should avoid to ask about someone ethnicity or referring to someone as Hut or Tutsi.
Festivals And Cultures
Rwanda is a country which has faced a lot of difficulties and is deeply wounded. But now the wounds are healing and the government is working hard to ensure that Rwandans heal together.
African Tours And Safari gives you a chance to witness their culture through these festivals.
KwitaIzina: The Gorilla Naming Ceremony
The birth of a baby is considered the significance and a very happy occasion for every religion. So this tradition even extends to the gorilla in Rwanda for experiences unlike any other attend the KwitaIzina, the Gorilla Naming ceremony. In this event the baby gorillas are introduced to the local communities, formally named and celebrated. This event is extremely popular, with gala balls held in honor of the ceremony.
Umuganda (Public Cleaning) Day
Umuganda is the Rwanda national day of community service, on this day the civilians take part in a country-wide ban on road traffic. The work involves cleaning, including washing of the streets and parks. Some locals plant the tree and also participate in environmental work.
International Peace Marathon
Rwanda seems a daunting setting for runners; it has become the perfect place for the International Peace Marathon held annually in May. This is always a jubilant event, bursting with color and oozing with enthusiastic and energetic participants. It is an activity-filled day which also inspires a communal interconnectedness; it is definitely worth entering if you are an avid long distance runner. So you can participate in it during your African Safari Tour.
Assumption Day (August 15)
More than half of the population of Rwanda is Christian of which the majority are Catholic, so celebration surrounding the assent of Mary into heaven is a vibrant and lively affair. Assumption day marks the day when Mary, the mother of Jesus, ascended into heaven after her death. Rwandan people honor this by a ginormous feast, dancing, music.
So Rwanda Safari Tours gives you a chance to explore the culture, customs, traditions, and cuisine. Rwanda offers a wealth of experiences and we at Nature Bound Africa can organize the perfect trip for you, which would involve a lot of activity and exploration. So for more information, do visit our page at natureboundafrica.com