Rwanda Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Local Customs
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Local Customs
    by CatherineReichardt

Rwanda Local Customs

  • Chimp remedies to tame a man who strays...

    Chimps build 'night nests' high in the canopy so that they are safe from predators.Each day the troop moves on, meaning that the chimps have to build a new nest every afternoon. This forms the basis for local folklore that claims if you place a twig under the bed of a woman with whom you suspect your man is playing 'away fixtures', you'll kill the...

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  • A country that's big into bikes

    As in neighbouring Burundi, bikes are popular in Rwanda. Given the rugged topography, it's tempting to feel sorry for people slogging up the steep hills, until you realise that the only other practical alternative to cycling is to walk!A lot of the bikes have been customised to maximise what they can carry: in this case, three churns to bring milk...

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  • Seemingly serious about combating...

    Unfortunately Africa is too considered synonymous with endemic corrupution, and Central African nations are considered to be among the worst offenders.Many African nations pay lip service to rooting out corruption, while taking few practical steps to clean up their act. However, it does seem as though Rwanda may be more serious than most....

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  • A country as neat as a new pin!

    A phrase that often pops up in tourist literature about Rwanda is reference to it being 'The Switzerland of Africa'. Which I interpreted as meaning that it was mountainous.In fact, it's not mountainous in a Swiss, glacial peak sense - more on the extremely hilly side. but is does share another totally unexpected characteristic with Switzerland. It...

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  • Welcome to 'Chi- gali'

    Happily for the tourist, most of the place names that we encountered in Rwanda were pretty phonetic, and pronounced the way that they were spelled.However, we came across two anomalies, one of which is apparent in the capital Kigali - in Kinyarwanda, 'ki' is pronounced 'chi', hence 'Chi-gali'. So, if you don't want to sound as though you've just...

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  • THE FLAG OF RWANDA

    The current flag of Rwanda was officially adopted on October 25, 2001. It was designed an artist and engineer named Alphonse Kirimbenecyo. It is comprised of a double blue stripe with a sun on the right hand side, a yellow stripe and a green one at the bottom. The blue stripe represents happiness and peace. The sun has 24 rays and they symbolise...

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  • BEER REVIEW: Mützig beer

    You can find Mützig all over Rwanda and it seems very popular. I have no idea why. I found the one bottle of Mützig I drank tasted like pure pig’s swill. Yes, it was cold. Mützig is a pale lager from eastern France. Originally the area was German; hence the Beck’s like bitter taste. This beer has a good reputation in France so I am not sure why it...

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  • Mzungu!!!

    Driving around Rwanda you will come across one word all the time - Mzungu!!! Shouted by thousands of children who come running out of their huts, along the road, waving at you. Mzungu means translated "White Person" and is not shouted as an insult; but as a friendly gesture welcoming you!

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  • ENGLISH SPOKEN – MORE OFTEN

    Rwanda was originally a German Colony during the great Euro scramble for Africa in the late 1800’s. Later it became a Belgian colony French and the French language was imposed. In 1994 the Genocide was unleashed and French troops withdrew taking their own nationals with them. The rebuilding of Rwanda was actively supported by The USA and UK and the...

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  • WASH YOUR CLOTHES WITH OMO !

    Dirt is good! OK, that’s the slogan the makers of OMO, Unilever, like to use. OMO is the best clothes washing powder on the planet. Especially the version sold here in Rwanda and across Africa. At some point in your travels across Rwanda, probably tracking Gorillas or visiting villages your clothes will get dirty. Possibly filthy. There are not...

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  • THE LARGE WATER CONTAINER

    Do you have a large plastic container like the one pictured in your room? You better make sure it’s full of water! To be fair Rwanda is blessed with more than enough rainfall. It is also a growing country where construction is taking place, especially in Kigali. That means from time to time water supplies are cut off. So if you have a container...

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  • BEER REVIEW: PRIMUS

    Hail the King ! King Primus!Primus is the undisputed heavyweight champion of Rwandan beers. It is a great tasting pale beer originally from DRC (Kinshasa). It has a light refreshing taste and comes in awesome 600 ml (20.3 oz) bottles. You can usually get a Primus of a 330 ml import! The ever-present Primus is a 5% abv lager that is brewed in 4...

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  • Gacaca

    Pronounced Gachacha, these are the local courts that were set up nationally to deal with the trial of genocide perpertraitors, (and there are thousands) at the village level. Judicial, elders and government representatives make up the tribunal with the defense self represented and judged by the locals. It has been without incident to date but those...

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  • Water woes

    Open water mains are provided every 4 to 5km thruoutrwanda as there is no former sewer or pipeline networks. After school around 4pm everyday in every place the kids go in groups with their yellow plastic containers and line up to purchase for FRw20 (4cents) per vessel WATER. They then proceed to balance one on thier heads and two more carried in...

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  • Children as carers

    In a country where their are over 300000 orphans some households are headed by elder sibling peers. All are involved in caring and nurturing from an early age and learn from adult example. A common sight is to see infants as old as 2years swaddled with a large colorful cloth on the backs of mothers and older sisters. As in most developing realms...

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  • School's over!

    all over and in every corner primary schools and less common secondary shcools are found. Education is the name of the game and everyone is in to it........The girls all wear blue overalls and the boys cream shorts and top. At school break they can all be seen walking on the road side hopping, skipping and clutching their books tightly. As eric...

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  • Greetings

    When greeting someone you say uraho (u=oo) for formal and more than one its muraho both of which mean good day or helloEveryone seems to be related or know someone in rwanda..They all wherever they are even at road checks greet the army people!They start with the verbal greeting above followed by a handshake which is done by offering the right hand...

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  • ID Cards

    The former Belgian colonial government in Rwanda had introduced the concept of ID Cards for the Rwandans.These cards clearly stated whether the card-holder was a 'Muhutu', 'Mututsi', 'Mutwa'. This brought with it a fixed concept of group or racial identity. Something that was not so prevelant so far.The post-colonial government of Rwanda decided to...

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  • Gacaca courts

    Gacaca - meaning grass - courts were traditionally used by village communities who would gather on a patch of grass to resolve conflicts- usually between families, employing the heads of each household as judges.In an effort to speed up the process of justice, the post genocide scenario, Rwandans have chosen the Gacaca system.The courts often hand...

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  • people

    no matter how terrible the genocide of 1994 was...the people as well the Tutsis as the Hutus belong to the most friendly and most hospitable people i ever got to know

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  • Looks like School Sports

    I was wondering why the kids were running in non-marked circles. Evidently this was the athletics lesson.

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  • Kid's amusement

    Note: I had to hide behind a bush and take a quick approach when I wanted to take this picture of the kids dancing on a sunday afternoon. Never the less four of them spoted me...

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  • Traditional Musical Instruments

    Step out of your car, truck, or bus, and children come out of nowhere to greet you! The young boy is holding a traditional musical instrument.

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  • Clean Water

    Most homes we visited during our stay lacked a close well or running water. These children are bringing home well water from a nearby source, using plastic buckets.

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  • Be friendly, shake hands with...

    Be friendly, shake hands with men although urban area women will likely do so as well. Most people speak French and English is widely spoken, Learn greetings in Rwandan. Men hold hands with other men if friends (THIS IS NOT A GAY THING) Study up on the Genocide

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    Boulevard de la Revolution, Central Kigali, P.O. Box 7469, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    The hotel has beautiful views of the park, and is close to the start point for the mountain gorilla...

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  • Hotel Chez Lando

    B.P. 1519, Remera, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • The Manor Hotel

    Pros: The Manor Hotel in Kigali was clean and had all the functionality you would expect from a nice...

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  • Iris Guesthouse

    Avenue Kamuzinzi, no. 8, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • LAICO Umubano Hotel

    I've stayed at the Umabano over a period of several months so feel well qualified to comment on it....

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  • Hotel Gorillas

    Rue des Parcs, Kiyovo, Kigali, 1782, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Okapi

    BP 1775 Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

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    BP 1406, Kigali, Rwanda

    Satisfaction: Excellent

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