Rwandan Traditional Cooking Experience

Rubavu, Rwanda

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4 Hours

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Group Size

90 persons




This guided experience is suitable for anyone interested in genuine Rwandan food culture. During this half-day experience, you will learn the whole process of cooking ugali and sambaza, the staple diet of most people living around Lake Kivu. The experience goes through the entire process, from harvesting to cooking and most importantly; how the dish is eaten.

The day starts with an introduction where your hostess will explain how the main ingredients for ugali are grown and gathered. After this, you will continue by making the ugali flower used as a base for the dish. This is done by hand using traditional methods. Water and firewood used for cooking are collected by hand as is customary for most Rwandans.

Once the ingredients, firewood, and water are collected, the food preparation can begin. The process starts by washing, peeling, pounding, and grinding the ingredients using traditional methods and tools. Throughout the process, your hostess and the ladies of the association will teach and guide you, allowing you to experience the day at your own pace.

The meal is cooked in a traditional outdoor kitchen. After completing the cooking, it is time to enjoy the meal! Sitting in the home of the host family, there will be plenty of time to chat and learn about each other’s lives. The day ends at the Young Women destination office where you can browse through some of the beautiful crafts made by the artisans of Young women Destination.


  • Learn and experience tea harvesting in a tea plantation
  • See how tea leaves are processed inside a tea factory
  • Taste different variations and processed teas.
  • Compete against the workers in the tea plantation in tea picking.

Before You Go

  • Some walking to collect firewood and water, wear comfortable outdoor shoes
  • You might spend some time in the sun, bring a hat and sunscreen
  • Bring an umbrella in case of rain

Meeting Point

  • This experience takes place at the Young Women Destination office in Rubavu Town. The office is easily accessible by bike, car or moto-taxi from central town.
  • The guests can arrange their transport separately. However, if needed Young Women Destination will arrange transport from town.

Fitness Level

This activity requires that you can carry a bucket of water and some wood


Non Alcoholic Drinks
Food, please inform if you require a special diet
English speaking guide

Travel category

Cultural Activities


Duration for the activity?
The activity duration is 4 hours only
Is the activity suitable for children?
Yes, the activity is suitable for children
What is the booking requirement for the activity?
Can be booked any day between 8:00 AM and 04:00 PM
Are you able to cancel with a full refund?
Can be canceled and fully refunded until 24h before the start

Tour Location

Rubavu, Rwanda


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