Spend time with with the cows at the farms of
Bigogwe, the greenest hills in Africa. Join the Rwandan cowboys during milking,
drinking, traditional games and songs.
Your guide will meet you at the Ibere rya Bigogwe
company office Nyabihu-Rubavu Border. The office is easily located by the arch
which marks the border between Rubavu and Nyabihu Districts.
After meeting your guide you will travel to the
green pastures of Ibere rya Bigogwe where the cows graze. The same way as
locals in the area, you will travel on the back of a motorbike to the farms.
The views of the landscape are breathtaking as you leave the main road behind
and travel up the hills. A photo stop is usually made at one of the best view
points. The trip takes around 30 minutes. Helmet is provided.
Once you reach the farms, your guide will
introduce you to the cows and cowboys. You will dress in a colorful shuka or
rumbiya, the traditional attire of cattle keepers and get a” Inkoni”, a stick
carried by all cattle keepers. Learn about the history of the green hills of
Bigogwe, stories about cows and the traditional Rwandan life connected to cows.
Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture
of Ibere rya Bigogwe, where cows play a vital role in daily life and the local
economy. Be provided with an authentic Rwandan culture experience and a glimpse
into the vibrant culture of the community living around Gishwati National Park.
The hills at the farms are some of most lush and
green hills in Africa. Spend some time with the cows and cowboys in this
The cows need lots of water. Twice daily they make
their way to the river for a drink. Join the cowboys and use your inkoni
(stick) and gentle whistles to move the cows down to the river for a drink.
Watch the cowboys as they sing and whistle for the cows as they drink.
Milking in Bigogwe is done by hands in traditional
cans or ibyansi like inkongoro carved in wood, and Ingare made in bamboo. Get a
lesson in milking by hand by the cowboys and try milking on your own. After
milking you will taste the special Bigogwe milk as fresh as it gets straight
from the cows.
Join us for this unforgettable journey that
connects you to the authentic Rwandan culture and that leaves a positive impact
in the communities living in Bigogwe area.