Following a range of years of dependence on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, the Rwanda Development Board started on the move to revive the culture of Rwanda along with its traditions so as to keep the interest of undertaking the safaris in Rwanda strong.
The Rwanda Development
Board marked the start of this move with the launch of the Cultural
Tourism Guide book on 27th Sept when the country joined other member
states of United Nationals World Tourism Organization to jubilate the
World Tourism Day.
The Tourism Chief Officer at the Rwanda
Development Belize Kaliza notes that there is a need to enhance tourism
product diversification to complement the country’s long selling gorilla
tourism where the world travelers have been undertaking gorilla safaris to Rwanda to explore the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Considering the fact that tourism plays a significant role in
generating knowledge and enhancing cross cultural dialogue, the
development of cultural tourism in Rwanda is long overdue. The book
termed as the Cultural Tourism of Rwanda which showcases the culture of
Rwanda, the Rwandan traditions, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, food and
drink, the Rwandan ceremonies and customs, Rwanda events and festivals,
the Rwanda art and craft and Rwandan dance and music will itself be a
rich guide to the Rwanda safari undertakers interested in culture.
The Cultural Tourism Guide book of Rwanda features both English and
French versions a soft copy will also be availed on line. The 325 page
book brings out the cultural potential of Rwanda and its capacity to
lure the world travelers into planning safaris to Rwanda.
Rwanda is a haven of culture. The uniqueness of the Kinyarwanda
traditions and the love that the Banyarwanda people have for their
culture makes the cultural tourism in Rwanda not only possible but also
sustainable. Kigali city alone features a range of cultural and historic
sites that range from local markets to community encounters and the
artiste’s cooperatives among others.
Some of the notable sites
include the Kigali genocide memorial located in Gisozi and known to be
the heavily visited site of genocide, the Uburanga Art Studio which is a
re-known artists’ home producing a range of paintings and the
sculptures that have moved the art of Rwanda a mile. Others include the
local markets like Kimironko where the travelers on safari in Rwanda can find the hips of floor and spices align with piles of the sambaza fish extracted from Lake Kivu.