RED ROCKS CULTURAL FESTIVAL, Rwanda

When:
August 26, 2022 – September 2, 2022 all-day
2022-08-26T00:00:00+02:00
2022-09-03T00:00:00+02:00
Where:
Nyakinama village, Musanze district, Rwanda
Nyakinama
Rwanda
Contact:
Greg Bakunzi, Red Rocks Initiatives For Sustainable Development
+250784685285

RED ROCKS CULTURAL FESTIVAL

is an annual event that starts in the last week of August and ends during the first week of September, and the event coincides with the Annual Gorilla Naming ceremony. This annual celebration seeks to engage the community (and everyone) in National Park Service recreational activities and stewardship that benefit their local communities and volcanoes national park home to the last surviving mountain gorillas and it emphasizes the community’s role in conservation and strengthening opportunities for the local community to show their support and commitment for permanently protecting our natural, cultural, and recreational resources and inspire the next generation of stewards. The week-long Culture Festival provides an opportunity for people to deepen their understanding of our culture and the efforts made by the locals to protect the endangered mountain gorillas.

And as a tourism hub, we are using this week to increase participation in cultural activities by the local people within Rwanda and also to promote the values of using cultural activities in addressing the broader agendas of our community like health, education, conservation, environmental protection and cultural heritage preservation.

We undertake eco-conservation through literacy and activities, using tourism in society as a way of skill development for socio-economic, educational and cultural upliftment and this event brings us together under one umbrella as a community, we come together to share issues and knowledge of the good practices focused on how to care for and maintain quality among tourism and the environment, and the key concepts of eco-friendly tourism and culture

Our cultural festival supports a sense of cultural unity while fostering an opportunity for environmental and cultural conservation among both participants and key personnel.

This event helps us celebrate and promote cultural diversity with a sense of pride and excitement in our culture. Join us and be a part of a week with experiences in an authentic, vibrant celebration of culture and tourism in Rwanda.

Festival Itinerary: Living and Learning in Musanze

25th August 2022: Arrival in Kigali, meet your driver transfer to
Musanze, for an overnight at our campsite.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

26th August 2022: Morning relax at the camp, later in the afternoon,
Join the rest of the community for an opening ceremony of the Cultural
Festival, put your shoes on, and get ready to dance and hear
different local Music and see various artifacts on display made by the
local women cooperatives, ranging from baskets, table mats, bamboo
cups, until 6.00 pm,  later on, be a part of Red Rocks Twataramye,
from 7 PM until 11.00 PM, around the campfire.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

27th August 2022: Another long day of seeing a different local musical
band, with conservation debates, combined with music and dance
performed by the local community, from 2.00 pm until 6.00 pm, later
on, Join Red rocks twataramye, around the campfire.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

28th August 2022: Morning, relaxation, later in the afternoon, Join
the rest of the community, again for the same Music and dance,
performed by the local community, later in the evening join Red rocks
twataramye around the campfire.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

29th August 2022: Option of visiting the Virunga National Park, for
Golden Monkey /Gorilla trekking, or simply hike one of the volcanoes,
later in the afternoon, local dance troops will be available to
entertain, with comedians from the local community.

Overnight: Red Rocks campsite.

30th August 2022: Volcano National park hike, with an option of
trekking the Gorillas/Golden Monkey, or simply do the Nature walk,
local Music Band with a lot of local games, and poem

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

31st August 2022: Have a community workshop on the cultural
activities, from Cooking to Banana beer making, or help out in making
the Baskets with the women. You will learn more about Rwanda’s
authentic welfare and the traditional way of living. Immerse in the
daily activities of the Rwandans, how they go about their everyday
lives.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

01st September 2022: Join the local community on a tree planting
event, a positive way to help our environment. Later in the afternoon
involved in workshops on Conservation and Cultural debates later in
the evening, be a part of the friendly football match between host
communities and visiting tourists, a maximum of 50 minutes for the
game, don’t miss out to be a part of this interesting football match,
bring your sportswear and be ready for physical workouts.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

02nd September 2022: Gorilla naming ceremony, from 8.00 pm until 2.00
pm, later in the afternoon relax at the camp, later in the evening get
ready for the crazy night of the Gorillas at Mukungwa riverside from
9.00 pm till late.

Overnight: Red Rocks Campsite

03rd September 2022: Bid farewell to the local community, thereafter
drive back to Kigali, optional Kigali city tour, visiting all places
of interest, before you transfer to the airport for your return
flight.

RED ROCKS TURATARAMYE

It is a daily live traditional music and dancing, which showcase the
role of music in our heritage to communicate and celebrate events. You
will learn more about our local musical instruments tools which
produce richly interesting music, a social activity in which everyone
participates, highlighting our cultural values, with various
traditions accompanied by being taught how to make and play each local
instrument

POST AND PRE TOURS ARRANGEMENTS

We are flexible to offer pre and post cultural festival excursions and
transportation to visit the parks in Rwanda, that includes the Akagera
national park, home to the big 5, Nyungwe National park, home to the
primates and birdlife, Lake Kivu excursions, the sixth largest lake in
Africa, For adventurous travellers, an exciting way to explore Rwanda
is a kayaking tour on Lake Kivu, or mountain biking or hiking one of
the 6 off-the-beaten-path stages of the spectacular Congo Nile Trail.

Prices

Net Price per person

2 Persons – US $ 1620

3 Persons – US $ 1470

4 Persons – US $ 1395

5 Persons – US $ 1350

6 Persons –  US $ 1310

Single room supplement – US $ 290

Above prices include

Ø  Transportation from Kigali to Red Rocks and back to Kigali

Ø  Accommodation and meals at Red Rocks campsite

Ø  All cultural activities mentioned on the itinerary

Ø  Fees to pay the local who will be performing

Not included in the prices

Ø  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Ø  Covid-19 tests, on arrival and once you depart the US $ 60 at the
airport per person and the US $ 50 for those who will visit the parks.

Ø  Pre and post-festival excursions

Ø  Gorilla, golden monkey permits, and Volcanoes Hiking permits

Greg Bakunzi,
Red Rocks Initiatives For Sustainable Development
www.redrocksinitiative.org
Ph: +250784685285

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