- Lend a hand at a fantastic Rwandan ecotourism venture
- One of the most unusual beer tastings of your life
Ecotourism projects in Rwanda are growing every year, as a useful way to help local people earn a living while preserving the environment. This Rwanda gift experience provides a fantastic introduction to a vital part of the economy here: the humble banana. You’ll visit a village to meet a community that makes a beer known as urwagwa from peeled, crushed and fermented banana leaves - it’s traditionally drunk at special celebrations. Roll up your sleeves and get involved, with a delicious and refreshing treat waiting for you at the end.
After your beer-making lesson, you’ll next learn another use for the versatile banana plant - beehives! In Rwanda, beehives are usually made from banana leaves, cow dung and woven reeds. You’ll find out how they are put together, and be invited to taste some fresh honey from the happy bees too. We love that this experience is hosted by an excellent organisation that supports ecotourism principles and socio-economic development at a local level. By taking part, not only do you get an insight into age-old customs, but you’re also helping to support the community. You’ll never look at a banana the same way again!