It is situated next to the car park at the trailhead for the Sabyinyo Group and Group Thirteen, this award- winning venture was founded in 2004 by Edwin Sabuhoro of Rwanda Eco- tours to help improve the livelihood of communities living around volcanoes National Park, thereby reducing human pressure on the park’s resources. The cultural village is essentially the public flagship for an ambitious project that provides legitimate employment in fields such as vegetation and poachers.
Iby’Iwacu offers a busy Programme that lasts about two and slots in ideally after a morning’s gorilla tracking. The setting is a fantastic wood and thatch replica of a traditional Rwandan palace, second only in size to the restored palace at Nyanza Museum, and an ideal stage for traditional Intore dancers to share their drumming and dance routines. Also on offer are short community walks, a church visit, a consultation with a traditional healer, shooting a bow and arrow with one of the local Batwa pygmies, and demonstrations of activities such as grinding millet and sorghum, making banana beer and harvesting potatoes and other crops.
Rules and Regulations to follow while at Iby’iwacu Cultural Village:
By following the rules and regulations below, you can help to preserve the unique environment and culture of Iby’iwacu cultural village.
Always use our dust bins and carry all non-degradable litter.
Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment-taking cuttings, seeds and roots are illegal at Iby’iwacu cultural village.
When taking photographs, respect privacy, ask the community leader or guide if it is alright and use restraint.
Do not give children empty bottles “agacupa” it encourages begging. A donation to the community project is a more constructive way to help, and only give to the community leader. You can support by offering clean water, buy local products, financial support to set up health centres, schools and so on.
You will be accepted and welcomed if you follow local customs. Use only your right hand when greeting and eating. It’s also polite to use both hands while giving and receiving gifts.
Respect for local etiquette earns respect. Light weight clothes are preferable to revealing or see-through, skimpy tops and tight fitting action wear. Kissing in public is disliked by local people – aim at reserving cultural norms.
Be patient, friendly and sensitive. Remember you are a visitor to community.
We like to share our culture with you and learn about your culture too, so kindly let us know about your culture, you never know we might have something in common or some thing to add on your culture that can be impressive.
In case of anything that is unusual to you, ask the community leader to explain for you, it might mean something important to you and the entire community.
You are all welcome to Iby’iwacu cultural village