Through a handful of options, the Nyamirambo Women’s Center offers tourists a uniquely personal insight into the culture, history, and daily life of our community. All of the tour guides either grew up in Nyamirambo or live here now, so the tours truly are a welcome into our home. All of the profits from the tours go back into the Center and are used to pay our seamstresses a fair wage and fund our community engagement initiatives, which include free literacy classes; a library with afternoon programming for children; as well as periodical sewing courses, English classes, and workshops on women’s rights, health, and nutrition (see “Community Engagement”).

Nyamirambo Walking Tour

Our most popular offering, the walking tour begins at the Women’s Center with a traditional snack, a quick  Kinyarwanda language lesson, and an introduction to the Center and its activities. It then weaves through Nyamirambo, one of Kigali’s oldest neighborhoods. Along the way guides lead participants into a women’s hairdressing salon where the adventurous type can get a free braid; into a family compound to pound cassava leaves; by two mosques and a lookout view over Kigali; and into a tailor shop to feel the fabrics you’ll otherwise see styled on the streets. The tour concludes with a traditional lunch made and served in the home of Aminatha, NWC’s best cook.

Pricing: 15,000 RWF for walking tour and 3,000 RWF for lunch. Available in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

Sisal Basket Weaving Workshop

All around Rwanda one can see sisal basketry products. In this workshop, visitors are given a chance to try their own hand at the time-intensive and historically significant practice of basketry. The workshop begins with an overview of the cultural history of sisal, followed by an in-depth explanation of the process of from harvest to final product. Participants then get a needle and – under the guidance of the expert women of the Center – begin weaving a small token of their choice to take home. The workshop concludes with with a traditional lunch made and served in the home of Aminatha, NWC’s best cook.

Pricing: 15,000 RWF for workshop and 3,000 RWF for lunch. Available in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

Local Cooking Class with Aminatha

From market to meal,  every step of the process of cooking is shared by Aminatha and participants in this tour. After buying produce and ingredients at several markets the group walks just around the corner from the Center to Aminatha’s home. There they get to work at a wooden table in her courtyard, chopping countless vegetables and starting the charcoal stoves. Under the guidance of Aminatha six traditional, delicious, and gratifying dishes are prepared and then shared by all involved.

Pricing: 15,000 RWF. Available in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

Why community-based tourism?

  •  A unique type of tourism, CBT is created, owned and managed by local and indigenous peoples.This means that the majority of the benefits remain with the community. In our case, these tours provide an income for the Center, which is then allocated to sponsor NWC’s community activities. You can rest assured that your patronage genuinely supports and benefits your hosts.
  • NWC employs only locals, empowering them with the knowledge and skills to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Using this concept, authentic tourism experiences evolve, which support community development while maintaining community identity, values, culture, and customs.
  • Guided entirely by locals, you will learn from their anecdotes and be personally welcomed into their community in a way that can’t be found in conventional mainstream tourism.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TOUR

Give us a call at +250 782 111 860

or email us at nwcoffice.kigali@gmail.com

NWC’s tours in the news:

Rwanda reborn: Kigali’s culture, heart and soul (by Kit Buchan, The Guardian)

Rwanda’s renaissance (by Sue Watt, Independent)

Touring the familiar: A walk through Nyamirambo (by Moses Opobo, The New Times)