Learn about traditional Rwandan building techniques and experience rural village life during this flexible-length excursion with a local family. Discover the traditional methods used by Rwandans for brick making and fashioning rope from banana trees. After enjoying a simple but delicious lunch of cassava and beans you’ll spend the afternoon applying your new skills to build an animal shelter, fence or house. Finish your trip with a chance to shop for locally-made handicrafts. This chance to learn about Rwandan construction also covers a guide, lunch and transport to the village.

Highlights

  • Learn about traditional Rwandan construction methods with a local family
  • Discover techniques for brick making and fashioning rope from banana trees
  • Enjoy a simple but tasty lunch of cassava and beans, plus lively conversation with your hosts
  • Apply your new building skills to help your host build a structure like an animal shelter, fence or house

What You Can Expect

In the morning you collect water and soil, which you are taught how to turn into mud bricks. After making bricks, you dig the foundations and learn how to lay the bricks in a way to ensure the building is strong. Share a simple home-cooked lunch with your host family. After this you collect banana leaves, which you are taught to make into a strong rope that can be used to lash wood together.
At 8am there will be a briefing at the office before being transferred to the community and be welcome by artisans and go to the family home of the artisan who is your host for the day. In the morning you will fetch water or help with food preparation. At 9.45am the day activities begin where you can learn the rural construction techniques including making rope from banana tree and bricks from mud. The artisans will show you how to do the activity and will work alongside you.
Lunch will be served at 12.30pm and will be a typical Rwandan dish e.g. cassava and beans. This is a good time to ask your hosts about life in their community. They may have questions for you too about life in your home country.
At 1:30pm the afternoon session will begin where you can use traditional techniques learnt in the morning to build domestic animal’s shade, a fence or a house. The session will end at 2:30pm and you will be transferred back to the office for a cold drink. You will then have the opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Azizi Life store. We have a wide range of high quality handicrafts for sale, including those made by the artisans you visit.

Inclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Local guide
  • Transport from Muhanga (Gitarama) Town to the Village
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from Kigali, however, this can be arranged for an additional charge.

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults.
Voucher info
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Local operator information
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Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Departure point

Muhanga, Gitarama Town

Departure time

8.00am

Duration

Flexible

Return details
Returns to original departure point

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