ex-Poachers Village RW

Join your guide on a tour to the Iby’Iwacu ex-Poachers Village for a Rwandan cultural experience. Situated in Kinigi at the foothills of the Virunga volcanoess, ‘ex-Poachers’ as it is popularly referred to, is an award winning conservation initiative where former poachers were persuaded to desist from poaching and instead come together to form this replica of a Rwandan traditional village with a king’s palace and four traditional huts where they showcase aspects of Rwandan culture, traditions and customs and earn a living as conservationists. On arrival at the village, guests are welcomed with thunderous cultural drums, song and dance then led by a village guide through the various exhibitions including traditional rural life, traditional  cookery and foods, weaving, grinding, fire-making, a traditional healer with a herbal and spiritual medicine’s ‘laboratory’, archery, javelin, a blacksmith and architecture, Rwandan kingship, palace life and coronations as well as the villagers’ previous life as poachers and their new found passion in conservation and how they have benefited. At the end of the tour, you will have an opportunity to learn a few steps and moves in the very captivating Rwanda cultural dance as well as buy some local curios and crafts including the popular agaseke (traditional baskets), calabashes, hammocks, traditional wooden crockery, dancing bows, arrows and beautiful drums of all sizes. @SafariDMC encourages our guests to participate in this 2½hrs activity that not only supports the local community through an entrance fee but also directly impacts on conservation of the forest and the endangered Gorillas.

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