Village Iby' Iwacu Park

Iby'Iwacu means "the way we do, our way of living". The village is located on the edge of Volcanoes NP and the local community displays the traditional ways of living, traditional dances and songs ( Intore, Ikinimba, Batwa dances and many more), local fire making, visit to the kings house replica, Batwa shooting arrows, Traditional healer (with Kubandwa/Nyabingi experience), grinding millet on traditional stones, banana beer making experience and many more.

Our beautiful vistors dressed as Rwandan people.

 

1. Iwacu have a community walk, guided by a community member, to visit different sites within the community. This tour offers an unusual and unforgettable insight into the everyday lives of the village communities.

2. Visiting the king’s house replica and all the Kings stories and meaning of all parts within the house, and guided by a local historical and cultural guide, this is a place where you can be a king for minutes, hours and days. You will be enthroned and can exercise kings powers as bestowed to you by a village elder through a village ceremony.

3. Eight different types of traditional dances by all community categories; men, women, youths and the children, and other local and traditional musical instruments (i.e. Intore dances, drumming, Ibyivugo, Umuduri, Ikembe, Iningiri, Inanga, Ingoma, Amakondera, Agakenke, etc)

4. The famous SONGS OF THE GORILLAS sang by the famous Ngayabatema, commonly referred to as Kayuku.

5. Visiting a local traditional healer to hear about the different medicinal trees, shrubs, grass and their traditional medicine uses and how they are administered to local patients. Visit traditional clinics and pharmacies, the elderly and hear their interesting stories of pre and post colonial era.

6. visit local schools and if you are a teacher, you could offer and attend lessons and see how children are taught in schools.

7. Prepare and have a local lunch or diner with local people.

8. Attend a local banana brewery process and have a taste of local banana beer.

9. Exchange of flow of experiences and ideas between local people and visitors (sharing cultural experiences).

10. Ex-poachers ways of hunting /techniques, methods and stories from ex-poachers in particular Batwa (pygmies).

11. Batwa pottery making experience, lessons and engagement

12. Artisans and craft making by women, men and children, etc.

13. Local football matches with tourists, and many more activities.