Azizi Life Experiences: Rwanda Cooking Workshop: Make Traditional Banana Juice

Rwanda Cooking Workshop: Make Traditional Banana Juice

Muhanga, Rwanda

Azizi Life Experiences

Social Enterprise

8.5 hours
From$80 USDPer person

Azizi is a community-based art cooperative that helps rural Rwandan artists access the global market and connect with one another in a supportive, nurturing environment.

Tour Highlights

  • Learn the traditional technique behind this classic drink and support artists in rural Rwanda.
  • Experience the whole process of banana juice making from tree to bottle.
  • Share a meal with your hosts immerse yourself in the Muhanga community.

Tour revenue supports a community development fund that provides training and an interest-free financing scheme to community members to help them afford fuel-efficient stoves and solar-powered phone chargers.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    The tour can be arranged with 72 hours notice any day of the week except for on the last Saturday of the month (Umuganda) or during the Genocide Memorial week (7th April to 14th April)

  • Start Time

    Flexible

  • Duration

    8.5 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families

  • Languages

    English, French, Kinyarwanda

  • Tour Participants

    2 to 60

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking, Clothes you don't mind getting dirty

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Customarily enjoyed at weddings and other celebrations, banana juice (and beer!) has long been a key component of Rwandan parties. Although today banana juice can be bought from the local store, the traditional technique for making your own brew is a much greater labor of love. During the morning of your Azizi Life Experience, you will work with your rural host to collect the green bananas and leaves needed to begin the process. Next you’ll dig a hole and bury the bananas to ripen over time. After sharing a simple meal with your host family, you’ll head into the valley to collect water. The ripening process takes four days, but don’t worry- you won’t need to wait. Your hosts will have some already-buried bananas for you to dig up. You’ll then peel, mash, and strain the bananas using traditional techniques, and voila- you’ve made authentic banana juice! The day finishes back at the Azizi Life office where the juice is boiled and ready for you to enjoy.

Vetted & Visited By

Ribbon ambassador
Maya Dorsey
November 12, 2015

1 Visitor Review

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    caro538 ●  Jul 8, 2016

    I feel ashamed That Nearly It has Taking me so long to write a review on Azizi. I Spent a wonderful, enriching and humbling day cooking and talking about life with the local ladies in a village. Azizi aussi Organised my trip, accomodation and a driver to see the gorillas for a reasonable price. I would like to thanks PARTICULARLY Chantal for organizing the trip, Juliette for welcoming me on arrival and Spending the day with me and Jeremy the lovely driver. Azizi really makes a difference to the local village people; for this reason and many more aussi go and book an activity with 'em you will not regret it.

Tour Start Address

Kigali to Huye Road, Muhanga, Southern Province, Rwanda, Muhanga, Southern Province, Rwanda

How To Get There

By Car from Kigali
As you approach Muhanga, look out for St Andre Catholic Church on a hill to your left. Just after this on the left is the prison, its entrance tucked back from the road. After 30 meters there is a paved road forking off to your right; ignore this. Keep going on the main paved road. Look out for a FHI sign on your right 50 meters past the fork. Just after this is a Presbyterian Church on the right. 30 meters further, on the left-hand side of the road, you will see the Azizi Life sign. At the sign, turn right up a dirt road and our brown gates are a few metres up the road on the left. A private car service can be arranged for an additional fee.

By Bus
Muhanga (formerly called Gitarama) is an easy 50-minute bus ride from the Nyabugogo taxi park in Kigali. Horizon and Volcano busses depart every 15 minutes from Nyabugogo to Muhanga, and tickets cost 900 francs. An Azizi Life Experience representative can meet you at the taxi stop in Muhanga town. The office and shop are only a 10-minute walk from the town center.

More About Azizi Life Experiences

Mission

To participate in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all

Main Programs

  • Marketing and sale of community based tourism experiences that are run by our artisan partners

  • Guided hikes

  • Agriculture

  • Weaving

  • Cooking

  • Juice making

  • Traditional construction

  • Drumming and dancing