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Modern Embroidery with Xaverine

Arts Kigali
$25
Come spend a day with the talented embroidery artisans of IBABA Rwanda. On this visit, Xaverine, the president of the embroiderers, will show you first hand how the women in the cooperative embroider stunning fashion collections, home decoration, and accessories, designed by French designer, Véronique. You'll also get to watch as one of the artisans creates a personalized pouch for you to take home. IBABA Rwanda is one of the only Rwandan brands to combine traditional Rwandan art and a modern flair. The production is supported by an exceptional artisanal know-how initiated in Rwanda in the 1970s. Each IBABA Rwanda article is unique and often requires several days of work by one of the 40 exceptionally-skilled embroiderers. IBABA Rwanda offers high-end handcrafted articles produced with ethical and fair trade policies.
In the 1970s, a group of Belgian nuns came to Rutongo and started an embroidery training center and workshop to help young women from the village. Women were trained, then offered jobs in the workshop. They earned a salary and were able to provide for their families. The initiative was an important social enterprise and for many years represented a great source of pride for local young women. The embroiderers developed an unparalleled know-how and their work won praise beyond Rwanda’s borders. The best materials (Belgian linen and French DMC threads) were imported from Europe so that the finest quality of embroidery would be guaranteed. At its best, the workshop employed more than 300 embroiderers. In 1994, the work was abruptly halted, ending the enterprise that supported the Rutongo community for so many years. The Belgian nuns moved back to Belgium and the workshop disappeared.
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Fabric Creations with Ineza

Arts Kigali
$28
The women at Ineza design beautiful accessories and household items from gorgeous local African fabrics. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to join these amazing and talented women to observe, learn, and create in a stimulating and friendly environment. You will partner with an Ineza craftswoman to create an item from the fabric design of your choosing that you can take home and display or use at home. Creations include items such as aprons, table mats, robes, computer cases, wine bags, wallets, headbands, slippers, and headbands, but your imagination is the limit. After creating your own souvenir, you are free to browse the small gift shop at Ineza and purchase any item you didn't have a chance to create yourself.
The women of Ineza all live with HIV and are striving to better themselves and their community. Income-generating activities, such as the creation of these innovative crafts, have empowered them to learn new skills and develop themselves, thus improving their quality of life.
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Brass Jewelry Making with Abraham

Arts Kigali
$35
Abraham has all the tools and materials you'll need to make a unique piece of your own.
Abraham is a self-taught jewelry designer who upcycles discarded materials (i.e. cow horn, cow bone, cooking pots, padlocks) to create necklaces of high quality and beauty.
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Woodworking with Irenee

Arts Kigali
$35
Come spend some time woodworking with Irenee, aka Magic Hands! Ireene will show you his workshop, his finished pieces, and things he's got in the works. He'll share with you his background as a woodworker and what it means to him. You'll have the chance to work directly with Irenee as he helps you create a piece such as a candlestick holder, tea tray, picture frame, etc. to take home with you. If you're an experienced woodworker, Irenee would love to hear about your work and some of the techniques in your repertoire.
Irenee had dreams of opening his own woodworking and carpentry company for many years. Eventually, he left his job leading up the carpentry department at Nyamata Technical Secondary School and pursued his dream. Irenee works directly with his clients to carry out their woodworking designs, or creates unique pieces based on their needs. His business is small but growing, and he hopes to eventually have both a workshop and a showroom. The nickname Magic Hands was given to Irenee by former colleagues, and it means someone who can start with something like timber and change it into something usable, like magic!
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Nyamirambo Street Painting with Serge

Arts Kigali
$40
Serge is one of the nicest people you will meet in Rwanda! He's a very talented Kigali based artist who sells his work around Kigali and is often commissioned to produce pieces for visiting dignitaries and their families. In fact, he's trained some of the other talented artists also featured on Vayando. Since no trip to Rwanda is complete without visiting artists and seeing the capital, come spend a few hours with Serge exploring the back alley's of Nyamirambo - Kigali's famously most lively neighborhood - meeting people and finding a great spot to set up your canvas and paint the cityscape or a local scene using acrylics.

On the three hour visit, you'll get to learn about Serge's work, visit his home studio, see a unique side of the city, and take home a small painting (up to 20cm x 30cm) that he will help you co-create!
Serge started drawing as a young boy in Rubavu, Rwanda, but didn't focus on his talent until he was in high school. He studied art at Nyundo art school in Rwanda's Western province. After school he came to Kigali to focus on his art. He finished school in 2009 and has been painting full time since. He currently has 4 students in a small academy he runs out of his home. He has trained about 10 students, many of whom have moved on to focus on their own work. Serge works out of his home and paints everyday from about 7am to 4pm. Serge's dream in to build an art academy, training many students and have his own gallery in downtown Kigali. He also wants to one day meet Barack Obama, the focus of one of his favorite pieces. He likes meeting people from other countries for new ideas and inspiration!

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2days Gorilla Tracking Rwanda

Tours Kigali
$1,600
This 2 day safari which starts and ends in Kigali- Rwanda. One gorilla permit for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes is included in the cost. Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 880 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. It offers you an opportunity to track gorillas in Parc Nationale des Volcanoes in Rwanda.

Arrival and transfer to Kinigi/ Volcanoes National Park, home of Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park with private vehicle and driver. Your guide will take you on a tour of the new and vibrant capital city of Kigali. The new prosperity features a number of thriving markets and features the mountain terrain famous in Rwanda. For survivors and others whose families were murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994, the Memorial sites are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.
Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.
On Day 2. Gorilla Trekking, Parc National des Volcans Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.After drive back to the Hotel for lunch, drive back to Kigali and transfer at Airport for your flight. The tour prices you will get is inclusive of a gorilla tracking permit (each is $750) with related park fees and local trek guides, accommodation for 1 night with meals (1 breakfast, 1 boxed lunch, 1 dinner), private and exclusive transport to Volcanoes National Park and back to Kigali using a 4x4 vehicle, services of an English-speaking tour guide/driver, a visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial/ Museum.

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3 day Gorilla Tracking Rwanda

Tours Kigali
$2,500
3 day safari which starts and ends in Kigali- Rwanda. One gorilla permit for Parc Nationale des Volcanoes is included in the cost. Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 880 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. It offers you an opportunity to track gorillas in Parc Nationale des Volcanoes in Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families .

Arrival and transfer to Kinigi for your Gorilla Tracking
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide. Transfer to Volcanoes National Park the home of gorilla tracking activity in Rwanda with private vehicle and driver. Your guide will take you on a tour of the new and vibrant capital city of Kigali. The new prosperity features a number of thriving markets and features the mountain terrain famous in Rwanda.
Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.
Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda Mountain Gorillas that still roam these areas. Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries. Take walks, learn more about the gorillas, and absorb the gorgeous surrounding landscape.Day 2: Gorilla Trekking, Parc National des Volcans
Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.Day 3: Return to Kigali, visit Genocide memorial/museum and transfer to airportFollowing breakfast, you will leave for Kigali. Go for a City tour including visits to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. Have lunch enroute and then Transfer to the airport.

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Kigali City Tour

Tours Kigali
$100

Our City Tour is designed to give you an intimate view of Kigali on a fun, action packed day. 

Our tour is the perfect way to kick off your visit to Rwanda and give you the confidence to explore on your own.

Your guide is a Kigali resident who know this city better than anyone else. The tour visits a wide range of places to give you a varied yet intimate view of the city and give you great insight to the city and country in just one day.

Your tour starts at 9:30am (details provided in confirmation email) for an introduction. From there you will head off to the city for a great day of sightseeing. Travel through Nyamirambo to the top of of Mt. Kigali for views of the city and the countryside; sip milk at a milk bar; visit a market where you'll taste fruits; go to a public art walk led by a local artist; refuel with a great Rwandan lunch; stop for the best coffee around; travel by water taxi and more! 

Your tour ends at 3:30pm with a drop off at the Genocide Memorial. Our driver will wait and drop you off at your hotel after the visit. 

This tour includes: Transportation by private vehicle for the day and drop off at the end of the tour (pickup not included), entrance fees, lunch and coffee. 

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Nyiragongo Volcano 3 Day Tour - Virunga National Park

Tours Kigali
$1,390

Mount Nyiragongo is a beautiful active stratovolcano with an elevation of 3470 m in the Virunga Mountains associated with the Albertine Rift. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the DRC, about 20 km north of the town of Goma and Lake Kivu and just west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater is about 2 km wide and contains a lava lake. The volcano's forested lower slopes are home to a variety of animals, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and bushbuck. Nyiragongo's summit rim is largely devoid of vegetation and is frequently dusted with snow.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Kigali to Goma

Once you arrive at Kigali Airport today, you will be met & greeted at the airport by our representative and then you will drive to Goma. Today's drive is alongside a beautiful swinging road with breathtaking views of the hills of Rwanda. The drive is approximately 150kms to the border of DRC.

Once we have completed border formalities, we will then drive to Hotel Linda (mid-range hotel with self-contained rooms, wi-fi, B&B). The hotel this evening offers a very scenic view as it overlooks the beautiful Lake Kivu.

Dinner at La Chalet Restaurant    

Day 2: Goma –Nyiragongo

08:00 am – After packing and checking out of the hotel this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel or residence in Goma and transferred to Virunga National Park, precisely in the southern sector at Kibati. Once you arrive at the ranger post patrol and are briefed by the chief ranger guide, you can then enjoy “Nyiragongo Volcano” mountain hiking (5 hours from the base to the top, with 4 stops) with snacks en-route.  You will arrive at the summit and experience its freezing cold temperature. Next, you will visit the impressive Lava Lake in the largest crater.

Not much is known about how long the volcano has been erupting, but since 1882, it has erupted at least 34 times. Nyiragongo's lava flows may race downhill at up to 100 km/h.

Dinner and overnight up the summit in ICCN shelters. (Total 8 cabins, 2 persons in a cabin)

Day 3: Nyiragongo volcano – Goma/Kigali

After an early visit to the Lava Lake again this morning, you will enjoy your breakfast on the go as you begin the descent down the mountain up to the starting point (3hours from the summit to the base).  Once you arrive at the ranger post patrol, you're invited to write some comments then drive back to Goma where you're dropped off at your hotel or residence.

Lunch at Hotel Ihusi

Drive back to Kigali Airport, after crossing Congo border (about 150 km's).

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Gorillas Trekking and Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga National Park

Tours Kigali
$2,190
Over four days, you'll have a chance to experience one of the most unique lava lakes on the planet and some of the most beautiful mammals on earth, gorillas.

Mount Nyiragongo is a very active volcano with an elevation of 3470 m in the Virunga National Park. The park is just north of Goma and just west of the border between DRC and Rwanda. The main crater is about 2 km wide and contains a lava lake.

The epic size yet gentle demeanor of gorillas is an experience that is sure to stay with you forever. From the loving care and empathy expressed by the mother gorillas to their babies to the protective nature of the male gorillas, you're left in absolute awe these beings and in amazement of how similar they are to yourself.

Day 1: Kigali to Goma: Today you'll arrive at Kigali Airport and be met by our representative. Next, you'll drive alongside a winding road with breathtaking views of the hills of Rwanda as we arrive at the DRC border. After border formalities, we will drive to Hotel Linda (mid-range hotel with self-contained rooms, wi-fi, B&B) that overlooks the beautiful Lake Kivu and stay overnight. Dinner at La Chalet Restaurant this evening.

Day 2: Goma: Gorilla trekking: Gorilla treks are led by park rangers and usually require 1-2 hours of hiking in each direction, depending on where the mountain gorillas spent the previous night and difficulty of the terrain. To safeguard the health of gorillas, visitors are required to wear surgical masks (provided) around them. Time with the gorillas is limited to one hour. If you're unwell at the time of your trek (i.e. you have a cold, fever, diarrhea, or a persistent sore throat) – please cancel your trip. Gorillas are very susceptible to human illnesses and have died after being exposed to human respiratory viruses and other common ailments.
06:30 am – After breakfast, you're picked up from your hotel, and are transferred to Virunga Park (2 hours) along the volcanoes Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira. You'll drive through the fields of lava from the volcanic eruption of 2002.  Upon arrival at Bukima you'll get a panoramic view of the volcanoes where the mountain gorillas reside. Next:
- Experience mountain gorillas trekking.
- 13:00 - Enjoy lunch at Bukima camp-side in packets.
- 13:30 - After trekking and lunch, drive to “Rumangabo at the National Park Headquarters” where you have the chance to (they close at 15:00) visit “Senkwekwe” (the baby orphan gorillas which were captured by park rangers with truckers from the hands of poachers).
This evening you will drive back to Goma, and overnight at the Linda Hotel.
Dinner: at Linda Hotel

Day 3: Goma – Nyiragongo: 08:00 am – After check-out this morning, you're picked up from your hotel and driven to Virunga Park.  Once you arrive at the post patrol, you're briefed by the chief ranger, and can then enjoy Nyiragongo Volcano mountain hiking (5 hours from the base to the top, with 4 stops) with snacks en-route.  You will arrive at the summit and experience its freezing temperature. Next, you will visit the impressive Lava Lake in the largest crater. Dinner and overnight up the summit in ICCN shelters. (Total 8 cabins, 2 persons in a cabin)

Day 4: Nyiragongo volcano – Goma/Kigali

After an early visit to the Lava Lake again, you will take your breakfast and begin to descend the mountain up to the starting point (3hours).  Once you arrive at the ranger post patrol, you're invited to write some comments then drive back to Goma where you're dropped off at your hotel or residence.
Lunch at Hotel Ihusi
Drive back to Kigali Airport, after crossing Congo border (about 150 km's).

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Fashion Design with Rupari

Fashion Kigali
$32
The experience will take place in Rupari's small, boutique clothing design and tailoring shop. Rupari will share her experience with design, fashion, modeling, tailoring, running a boutique design house, and fashion marketing in Rwanda and E. Africa. She'll share some of her sketches, projects she's working on, and samples of her work. She can also provide feedback on some of your work, if you bring it with you. You'll also spend time with the tailors that work on her designs and learn how they bring Rupari's creations to life. If you'd like, you can try your hand at creating a piece to take home. Or, sit back and watch the expert tailors create something for you. Each curious traveler can choose their own fabric and take home a pillow case, scarf, bow tie, or traditional neck tie.
Rupari was born in Burundi and came to Rwanda in 1994. She holds a degree in International Economics from the National University of Rwanda and has worked with NGOs, in public relations, and also in the banking sector. Rupari’s immediate goal is to be successful in the design and production of her clothing lines. She hopes to export her work internationally and eventually open a shop in another country. She’s also passionate about working with other models that wish to pursue modeling as a career. She also hopes to have a larger online presence and increase sales through her website.
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Jewelry Making with Ejo Hazaza Cooperative

Fashion Kigali
$30
This cultural experience will take you to a rural village about 40 minutes just outside of Kigali. You will make your way by bus, passing green fields and lush mountains to this beautiful tight knit community. Here you will meet with the locals, where you will gather under some shade and prepare for a morning or afternoon of innovative creations. You will start by witnessing the artists at work and soon partner up to be making your own jewelry out of African beads and or cloth (bracelets, anklets, necklaces...get creative)! You will also have the opportunity to view the work produced by the jewelry makers and purchase items that you like.
Hands of Mothers involvement with the women began in 2010 and resulted in the launch of the Nyacyonga Jewelry Initiative. The women seized this opportunity and have been determined to succeed. They named their cooperative Ejo Hazaza because "Ejo Hazaza means 'tomorrow,' and we hope to continue to live tomorrow in good health by supporting ourselves financially and each other emotionally." Their goal is to be able to send their children to school, access health insurance and proper nutrition.
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Leather Sandal Making with Twiyubake Cooperative

Fashion Kigali
$25
Spend an afternoon with members of the Twiyubake Leather Making Cooperative in Kigali. As part of Hands of Mothers, Twiyubake provides vocational training and income generation for HIV positive men and women. The cooperative's outcomes include improved nutrition, better access to health insurance, and an increase in school fee payment for their children. During the activity, you'll work with Twiyubake Coop members crafting your own pair of leather sandals, which can include colorful African beadwork.
Twiyubake Leather Sandal Cooperative - organized by Hands of Mothers (Manos de Madres) - is a cohort of incredible young people who did not receive a chance for a proper education, and all living with HIV. Many are the head of their households, struggling to provide for their families. Twiyubake provides an opportunity to grow together as a community, learn new skills, and connect with like-minded individuals who all want a chance to create a better future for themselves and for their families.

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Rice farming with COCURIBU

Eco and Sustainable Tours Rwamagana
$15
This is the very unique opportunity to get your hands and feet wet and dirty while learning how rice is cultivated in Rwanda. After meeting with a cooperative member, you'll walk about 20 minutes to the marshland. From there, you'll get the hands-on experience of learning exactly how rice is cultivated, who does the work, and how it eventually gets onto your plate.
COCURIBU - Cooperative de Cultivateurs du Riz Bugugu, is a rice farming cooperative working to modernize rice cultivation on their lands around Rwamagana. Most of the cooperative members have been farmers for many many years and are always looking for ways to improve their methods.
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5 Massages with Seeing Hands at Lemigo Hotel

Eco and Sustainable Tours Kigali
$75

I have been an entrepreneur for more than seven years here in Rwanda and am also a massage therapist with more than 15 years experience.I have a diploma in Esthetic Arts &sciences . I am the managing director of seeing Hands Rwanda where I empower visually impaired persons through massage therapy training and employment. In 1978, I was born in Kikuyu and raised in a small village on the outskirts of Nairobi Kenya called Lower Kabete. I am the 5th born in a family of 6.My parents were divorced ,so my mum raised us alone but she made sure we all went to school although she struggled. After I cleared my college ,I worked in Kenya for several years then I moved to Rwanda towards the end of 2010.I started a spa business but I was also training women who see till 2016. I got Married to a Rwandan and we have two little kids Joshua &Paola .we live in a little village called Kanombe here in Kigali.
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Coffee, Cupcakes, and Conversation with Haute Baso

Eco and Sustainable Tours Kigali
$35
Haute Baso is one of Rwanda’s top design brands and social enterprises. They are a boutique and high-skills training movement celebrating “Made in Rwanda”. Preserving traditional skills is a major focus. The company works with hundreds of traditional artists, weavers, bead workers, and more around Rwanda sourcing their initial designs, then accenting that work with modern elements. They have received global coverage for the quality of their designs and mission, which - at its core - is focused on elevating and educating women, leveraging e-commerce and taking great care of the artisans they train and from whom they source materials. Come spend a day at Haute Baso’s shop with Linda enjoying coffee and conversation. As a co-founder, Linda will discuss Haute Baso’s journey from starting out of the back of a car, to building the company and creating social impact, to challenges of scaling the brand and program. She will detail her experience working with various retailers and partners around the world and how they are working on leveraging recent media and opportunities and obtaining funding to be able to meet growing demand and manage cash flows. This is an excellent opportunity to understand what it means to be a business owner focused on social good in Rwanda today.
Haute Baso’s two co-founders - Linda and Candi - met in late 2013 through their mutual experience in design and interest to support local communities in Rwanda. Both had backgrounds in international development and fashion and art. Linda was born in the US to Rwandan parents (who worked for the UN) and moved with her family to Uganda in the late 1990s. Linda felt passionately about her home country and moved to Rwanda once the war ended. Candi was born and raised in Belgium. Her father is Rwandan and mother Belgium and Congolese. Feeling a draw to he home, she moved full time to Rwanda in 2009 to contribute to development of the country. Fashion and boutique have always been an interest. She started out drawing clothing designs as a teenager and producing her own clothing line for family and friends a few years later. It wasn’t until 2013 though that she really starting thinking about fashion as a business. With an education in international development, she worked for several years in the public health sector before deciding to go full time into design. The two met in late 2013 after beginning to make a name for themselves in Kigali’s burgeoning fashion scene. Haute Baso was a merger of Haute Rwanda, a company that Linda had launched, and Candi’s company, Baso. After seeing the quality of Linda’s work at varioud exhibitons, Candi reached out to discuss a partnership. Haute Baso started small selling out of the back of their car and on social media. They built their brand by marketing and selling at various exhibitions and opened their design house once they had dialed in quality and were shifting to meet demand. As Linda says “We really started with nothing. It was incredible learning how you can just start with an idea and grow from there. We've received a lot of support from people who want to see us succeed, and it would be great if more people could learn from this and do similar. Its a win when other people are inspired and believe that it is achievable.”
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Traditional Healing with Theophile

Eco and Sustainable Tours Musanze
$25
Theophile will meet you in Musanze town (or Red Rocks Campground), then take you to his workshop, located near his home, about 10 minutes outside of town. He'll take you on a walk through the gardens and show you the plants used in traditional healing and explain the diseases they cure. He'll also show you how the plants are cultivated and processed to make the desired treatment. Traditional plants include natives such as umuravumba, kimbazi, and umubilizi, and non-natives such as lemon-grass, eucalyptus, mint, and many more. Theophile uses nearly 145 species of plants in traditional healing practices. He'll also show you how herbs, seeds, roots, and essential oils are prepared for use in traditional healing, and how local resources are used to process and administer treatments.
Theophile has 3 children and lives with his wife in a rural area outside of Musanze town. In addition to his natural medicine work, he's an agronomist, overseeing a large bamboo plantation near his home. He also works with the nearby Red Rocks Campground helping to cultivate herbs for use in the kitchen. Theophile also makes soap, utilizing the herbs he cultivates and the traditional plants found nearby.

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1 Day Rwanda gorilla trekking safari

Multiday Tour Kigali
$2,500
This tour is mainly about Gorilla trekking in Volcano National Park. This 1 Day Rwanda gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park, This tour is ideal for visitors with limited time and don't want to spend much time in Rwanda and only want to do gorilla tracking in the shortest time possible.

You will be picked at exactly 5:00 am from you' accommodation will in Kigali and drive to Volcanoes National Park arrive on time at 06:30 am for registration and briefing about Gorilla trekking after drive to the base of the mountains where trekking starts accompanied by game rangers, thereafter head to the forest to search for the endangered mountain gorillas in their mist, it is one hour allowed to stay with the gorillas as you take unforgettable photography and videos and after return back to the park office for your awarding gorilla trekking certificate. Have lunch at Virunga Hotel then after lunch drive back to Kigali and drop you where you will be staying or Airport transfer.

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1-Day Akagera National Park safari

Multiday Tour Kigali
$550
Akagera national park is located in Eastern Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. African parks is currently managing this park and has done a great job with the conservation. In the past there were lots of conflict between people and the park but this was solved by fencing off part of the park and the introduction of community tours where visitors are encouraged to visit the communities and benefit accordingly. Akagera national park is a the only Savannah park in Rwanda and is home to several mammal species including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, Waterbucks and most recently Black Rhinos have been introduces from South Africa, making Akagera national park officially a big 5 park like it was many years ago. It is also home to numerous bird species in the several habitats which include woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah.

Today early morning we leave Kigali at about 6 am for a day trip to Akagera national park, which is about 3 hours away from Kigali. Akagera national park is majorly a Savannah park with Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, and recently introduced Lions. We shall take a game drive in search of these mammals. The game drive can last about 4 hours depending on the animal sightings and interest.

Have lunch at Akagera game lodge or a picnic lunch in case you packed before your last game drive on your way out of the park arriving in Kigali later that evening.

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Ntarama & Nyamata Memorial Day Tour

Multiday Tour Kigali
$160

The Rwandan genocide is one of the heaviest moments in human history. An airplane crash in 1994 carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi provided a spark for an organised campaign of violence against the Tutsi and moderate Hutu civilians across the country. On this educational tour, we focus on educating the world on the importance of unity and love within our neighbourhood and the world at large.

Pick Up Time: 0830

Pick Up Point:Hotel In Kigali

Tour Duration: 7 Hours 

Ntarama Genocide Memorial Rwanda

The Ntarama church was converted into a genocide memorial on the 14th April 1995 and was dedicated to over 5000 people who lost their lives in this place. Ntarama which is one of the six national Genocide memorial sites contains human clothing's, remains and artefacts which belong to those who were killed at the church, these items have remained at display all times. During the Genocide, the tutsis persecuted much of the population who sought sanctuary in the catholic churches believing that they would be protected and safe there. It's also thought that church leaders informed the Hutus of the secret mass of Tutsis who were in the churches, and the Hutus stormed the churches and killed all the people.

Nyamata Genocide Memorial Site

This site is a church where around 2,500 people were killed and it has become emblematic of the barbaric treatment of women during the genocide. In the church at Nyamata, there will be graphic and audio-visual displays that will focus particularly on the mass rape, brutalisation of women and the use of HIV as a deliberate weapon of genocide.
The Nyamata Church Genocide Memorial , Nyamata is situated in the Bugesera region, approximately 35 kilometers from the capital city of Kigali. Nyamata and the surrounding region suffered some of the most extensive devastation in 1994, a result of targeted attacks during the Genocide Against the Tutsi.

Itinerary 

After breakfast depart for your one day Rwandan safari with a visit to the Ntarama church where mass killings occurred during the 1994 genocide; more than 5000 people were killed in the church. The Ntarama Genocide Memorial is located about 30 kilometers south of the capital city of Kigali. Located in the Bugasera region, this church and its contents are a reminder of the horrifying violence that took place at this site during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Learn more about the unity and reconciliation commission. Proceed to Nyamata memorial site- a church where around 2,500 people were killed and it has become emblematic of the barbaric treatment of women during the genocide. Continue to Nyamata a church where around 2,500 people were killed and it has become emblematic of the barbaric treatment of women during the genocide. In the church at Nyamata, there will be graphic and audio-visual displays that will focus particularly on the mass rape, brutalization of women and the use of HIV as a deliberate weapon of genocide. Return to the city for lunch, later visit various spots on interest plus shopping in Rwanda's friendliest capital. drop of at the airport or hotel for dinner and overnight.

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Lunch

Mineral water

Transport to and from the hotel.

Activities as mentioned

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Full-Day Akagera National Park Safari from Kigali

Multiday Tour Kigali
$653
Enjoy a full-day tour to the Akagera National Park. Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, you will get the opportunity to see plenty of animals including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and more.

Your driver/guide guide will meet you at your hotel in Kigali at 5.30am and give you a short briefing before you drive to the Eastern part of the country to the Akagera National Park. Arriving in the Akagera National Park (125 km/2.5 hrs) you proceed on a morning game viewing drive in this African Savannah park.

Plenty of animals can be seen, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and also many other mammal species. Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to also view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies.

Dominated by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering Akagera River, the most remote source of River Nile, Akagera National Park (1,075 km²) is archetypal African savannah; tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland but above all, Akagera is big game country! Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes; lucky visitors might see a leopard, a spotted hyena, even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape Eland. Alongside the picturesque lakes, pods of 50+ hippopotamus grunt and splutter throughout the day, while out sized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape. And lining the lakes; some of the continent's densest concentrations of water birds, amongst the parks over 500 recorded species.

In the late afternoon, exit with more game viewing en-route and drive back to Kigali. 

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Gorilla Trekking Day Tour from Kigali

Multiday Tour Kigali
$2,402
The 1 Day Rwanda gorilla trek takes you to volcanoes gorilla national park, where the 200 species of endangered mountain gorillas are found, Rwanda has now 8 gorilla families for Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, gorilla safari Rwanda, Rwanda gorilla tours, budget gorilla tours, gorilla tracking in Rwanda, Eco tours Rwanda safaris!

Your tour will start at 5am with pick-up from where you will be staying in Kigali then drive to Volcanoes National Park arrive on time at 06:30 am for registration and briefing about Gorilla trekking after drive to the base of the mountains where trekking starts accompanied by game rangers, thereafter enter into the jungle to search for the endangered mountain gorillas in their mist.

Enjoy some time with the gorillas as you take unforgettable photography and videos and after return back to the park office for your awarding gorilla trekking certificate. Have lunch at Hotel Muhabura before driving back to Kigali for drop off at your accommodation around 5pm.

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Traditional Cooking with Aminatha

Food & Culinary Kigali
$28
Come spend the morning on a hands-on visit with Aminatha! Aminatha is a member of Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC), a local organization that strives to empower women in the colorful Kigali neighborhood of Nyamirambo. On this visit, you'll work alongside Aminatha to prepare several local dishes, including dodo and beans, cassava or sweet potato, with local spices used in traditional dishes. And, of course, you'll get to savor the food you prepare with Aminatha and share a morning full of conversation in Nyamirambo. You'll get to take home new recipes from your visit to Rwanda and some local spices as well! The visit includes an interpreter with high English Language proficiency. Aminatha will head to the market early in the morning to pick out fresh ingredients. When you meet her at 10am, you'll get right to work preparing your meal. If there is time, Aminatha can take a brief walk with you through Nyamirambo, showing you where she purchases her ingredients.
Aminatha is in her early 40s, and has two children. Her firstborn son is a 21 year old business student and her second child is an 11 year old girl. She didn’t go to school but speaks Lingala, Swahili, Kinyarwanda and French fluently. Aminatha grew up thinking that women don’t work, but when she started working, she felt empowered - realizing that she does not have to stay at home and that she can pay school fees for her children. She eventually started learning English and continues to learn today.
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Nutritious Bread Baking with Faith and The Women's Bakery Team

Food & Culinary Kigali
$30
Come spend a few hours learning how to bake highly nutritious, locally sourced breads at The Women's Bakery in Kigali. Bakery employees will walk you through how they source local, nutritious ingredients to produce and sell fortified breads at affordable prices in their communities - meeting local demand with local supply. The Women’s Bakery (TWB) is a unique social enterprise operating in Rwanda and Tanzania. TWB provides women access to business education, life skills training, and applied baking and nutrition skills. From this, social and economic empowerment are born. TWB creates access to opportunity through recruiting, training, and employing women who have had little access to education and socio-economic mobility. Previously unemployed, these women are now working daily at the bakery and introducing new, nutritious products to their community. The specialty products include some of the best banana-nut bread and carrot muffins in Rwanda. Karibu!
Serving in US Peace Corps Rwanda 2010-2012, TWB Co-founders Julie Greene and Markey Culver saw that Rwandan communities lacked economic opportunities for women and access to nutritious foods, specifically bread. In 2014, Greene and Culver began building a business that generates positive social change through local enterprise – a model focused on nutrition, education, and women’s empowerment. TWB piloted the first program in Tanzania in February 2015, training 20 women and launching 2 small bakeries. Since then, TWB has conducted 4 trainings in Rwanda, training 54 women and 6 men and launching 4 bakeries. TWB has built a vibrant team in our Kigali headquarters, growing from 3 full-time staff in fall 2015 to 8 full time staff and an ever-increasing cohort of part-time and intern staff by summer 2017—with a Rwanda-national majority. Now, you have the opportunity to come visit TWB’s flagship bakery in the heart of Kigali. The flagship is TWB’s center for women’s education, employment, and health. In providing a warm and inviting space to work, learn, and grow, the flagship also serves as a community gathering space, a catalyst for greater bakery growth, and a home for The Women’s Bakery offices and team.

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Traditional Drumming and Dancing Class in Rwanda

Theater, Dance, & Musicals Gitarama
$52
This opportunity enables you to enjoy learning traditional drumming and dancing with your teachers. You will have fun and learn some basic dance steps and share a bit of the history of Rwandan dance. After practising, you will put all of the steps the expert dance instructors help you put everything together in a performance of your very own. Then the drummers will teach you some traditional beats, or you can even do a bit of free styling of your own on the traditional drums. No experience or expertise is necessary; it is simply fun for anyone brave enough to give it a go.

Arrive at the office before being introduced to the history of dancing in Rwanda and the reasons behind imitating cows' movements. There will be welcoming songs and drumming to make you feel welcome.

You will then have a demonstration and coaching from experts dancers, learning about the practices guided by experts. Here you will be taught how to move your feet, arms, the whole body. You will have short breaks and ask as many questions you have.
You will then combine all your new moves into a short traditional dance. Then you can have go at the drumming and you are free to dance! Finally, there will be a chance to shop for gifts and souvenirs store. There is a wide range of high quality handicrafts for sale, including those made by the artisans you visited.

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HipHop and Afro-Fusion with Poppin Chris

Theater, Dance, & Musicals Kigali
$28
Poppin Chris is one of Rwanda's top Hip Hop Artists. He's heavily involved in the dance scene in Kigali and believes in the power of dance, and it's ability to inspire youth through movement to put Rwanda on the map as a hub for modern art. Chris has been working lately on afro fusion, which is a combination of styles of afro urban dance, house dance, with traditional styles of music from many different countries.

If you're interested in dance, come spend a day with Chris at the youth center where he trains. He will show you the latest dances he's working on and teach according to your skill level. His goal is to make you enjoy music. He'll share with you his background as a choreographer and a dancer, and what dance means to him.

If you are a professional or skilled dancer or choreographer, Chris would love to see what you bring to the table!
Chris was born in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) to a Kenyan father and Rwandan mother. Both parents passed away when he was only five, leaving he and his two brothers to be raised by their grandmother.

Chris has been passionate about dance nearly all of his life, having started getting involved at the age of four. He recalls that it was his uncle - now living in South Africa as a singer - who taught him to dance and inspired him. Chris made this his career and dreams of taking dance to another level in Rwanda.

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Traditional Drumming and Dance with Pacifique

Music Kigali
$30
Most visitors to Rwanda have the opportunity to experience traditional Rwandan dancing, but few have the chance to learn it themselves. Visitors to Niyo Art Gallery will get the opportunity to learn the unique intore and amaraba dance styles, while also learning the accompanying instruments that drive the rhythm of this exciting dance. You'll get a personal tour of the art gallery, a description of the work and activities that take place, and meet the artists and dancers that work there. You will begin your lesson learning to play the drums, and follow with a lesson in dance techniques. Then, you and your group will perform what you have learned, so don't forget to bring your camera!
Pacifique began his professional art career when he was 17, and founded Niyo Art Gallery in early 2015. Niyo was created as a community outreach center to help support impoverished children in Kigali. Initially a dance studio, Pacifique's young students would fund raise during dance performances to raise money for school fees. The studio expanded into an art gallery and cultural center, and profits continue to support nearly 120 children through the completion of secondary school. Pacifique has traveled multiple times to the United States to teach Rwandan traditional dance to American children in order to share his culture and his love of creative arts.

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Boxing with Theoneste

Sports Kigali
$30
Have you ever sparred one-on-one with a national boxing champion? How about a five year national champion - a title Theoneste holds. Sound scary? It's not! Theoneste has many years of coaching and he's very comfortable coaching children and first-timers alike. Give it a try, you'll love it! Theoneste's training typically follows a five step process: learning, physicals, boxing, abs, and stretching. He'll walk you through the whole process and if you're uncomfortable participating, you don't have to. Theoneste will guide you through jabs, uppercuts, and hooks and also work with you on your defensive steps and footwork. He'll teach you how to move in the ring with 4, 3-minute rounds of practice.
Theoneste started boxing when he was 13 years old as a way to get fit and learn self defense. He quickly realized how much he enjoyed it and started training regularly. In 2005 he entered his first international competition. One year later, in 2006, he was national boxing champion of Rwanda. Theoneste is still competing today, but focusing on coaching too. He coaches young children and adults. He was formerly a taxi driver, but recently sold his car to focus more on boxing. In addition to his own training and coaching work, he's also the captain of the Rwanda National Boxing Team.

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Web Development with OpenTek

Technology Kigali
$30
The experience will take place in the kLab's work space (an open space for IT entrepreneurs to collaborate and innovate), where you'll get to participate in a web development project, or shadow if you're more comfortable doing that. Curious travelers can observe a coding project that is being worked on by the group. If you've got coding skills, you can contribute your knowledge, share ideas, and ask questions.
OpenTek is a team of 4 young people who graduated from Adventist University of Central Africa(AUCA) with degrees in Information Technology. The team has wide life experience and come from different backgrounds. They are driven by a passion for technology and innovation and strive to be on top of the best technologies in the region.

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Craft Distillery Tour

Booze Tour Kigali
$25
The 1st Craft Small Batch Distillery in East Africa producing Triple Distilled Whisky, Gin, Rum, Vodka & Coffee Liqueur. Our Distillery Tasting Tour include a visit to the distillery room with an explanation of the process we use in making our range of products and a tasting of our Whisky, Gin, Rum Vodka & Coffee Liqueur.

We are East Africa's 1st Craft Small Batch Distillery producing Triple Distilled Whisky, Gin, Rum & Vodka. Our Distillery tours include a visit to the distillery room where we will share  some of our productions details (but not all we hope you understand). We will cover how we are trying to be as eco friendly and socially responsible as possible. Then we move to our bar with a view for a tasting of each of the products. Depending on your tour you have chosen we will mix you up a cocktail while you enjoy some fresh made tacos we have 3 types to choose from (beef, chicken and veggie).

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Distillery Tours

Booze Tour Kigali
$25
The 1st Craft Small Batch Distillery producing Triple Distilled Whisky, Gin, Rum, Vodka & Coffee Liqueur. Our Distillery is set on one of the 1000 Hills in Rwanda with a great view.Tour include a visit to the distillery room with an explanation of the process we use in making our range of products and a tasting of our Whisky, Gin, Rum Vodka & Coffee Liqueur.

We are East Africa's 1st Craft Small Batch Distillery producing Triple Distilled Whisky, Gin, Rum & Vodka. Our Distillery tours include a visit to the distillery room where we will share  some of our productions details (but not all we hope you understand). We will cover how we are trying to be as eco friendly and socially responsible as possible. Then we move to our bar with a view for the tastings of each of the products. Depending on the tour you have selected our bar tender will mix you up a cocktail while you enjoy some fresh made tacos we have 3 types to choose from (beef, chicken and veggie). If it is cool you can enjoy your cocktail and the view by the outdoor fire place.

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3-Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari from Kigali

Adventure Kigali
$2,093
Embark on a 3-day guided gorilla trekking safari that takes you to some of Rwanda's iconic locations, highlighting the essence of The Land of a Thousand Hills. Take a guided city tour through the capital Kigali that narrates the tales of yesteryear while depicting a tranquil present, revealing an incredible recovery from the turbulent eras in-between. Travel down to Ruhengeri and unveil an exquisitely beautiful countryside with an unsurpassed biodiversity. Your private tour culminates with an exciting gorilla trekking experience at the Volcanoes National Park.

Day 1 - Kigali

Begin your safari with pickup from Kigali International Airport. You will be transferred to the Flame Tree Village in the heart of Kigali city. Overnight at the hotel on a bed and breakfast basis (dinner is at your own expense).
 
Day 2 - Kigali to Ruhengeri (Distance 66 miles / 107km - 2.5-hour drive)

After breakfast, embark on a City Tour of Kigali. Learn the history behind Rwanda through the tales told by its capital; get acquainted with pre-colonial and colonial Rwanda, the 1994 genocide and see the new developments. Visit the genocide memorial site at Gisozi, about 21 miles (35km) outside the city centre as the highlight of the city tour. This visit is an emotional experience for most visitors as they encounter the horrid massacre that engulfed the country in 1994. It also presents an opportunity to learn about other genocides in the world.

After a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant in Kigali, depart Kigali on a scenic drive north-westwards to Ruhengeri at the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. Enjoy the picturesque countryside as you drive on to check-in to the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 3 - Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park at 6:30am. The park is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the north of Rwanda which it shares with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. The mountains form part of the extension of the Congo-Nile divide, separating two of Africa´s most important watersheds. They are also home to the world's last surviving Mountain Gorilla populations, currently about 700 individuals.

Arrive at the park headquarters for registration at 7am - a simple process where the park staff asses your fitness level to determine which gorilla family you will visit. Next, the park staff will brief you on trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon the gorilla's location in the park the previous evening.

Gorilla Trekking: There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of 8 trekkers visiting any one group. Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to. After locating your assigned gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes.

After a great gorilla trekking experience, drive south-eastwards back to Kigali City. Later, you will be transferred back to Kigali International airport at the conclusion of your safari adventure.