Tribes in Rwanda – Rwanda Cultural Safaris

Tribes in Rwanda: Rwanda is renown as a land of a thousand hills and their official language known as French and English and local language is Kinyarwanda. However, Rwanda is a landlocked country that lies south of the Equator in east-central Africa and very known for its breathtaking scenery. In additional to that, it has a great location with enormous wildlife that can be seen on Rwanda Safari such as Gorilla trekking experience conducted in Volcanoes National park and other incredible products nevertheless the culture. Rwanda’s landscape is scenic that gives tourists rewardable view en-route to Gorilla trekking destination of volcanoes and chimpanzee tracking of Nyungwe National park.

Furthermore, Rwanda is found at the heart of the great lakes regions of East Africa which refers with its neighbors Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Democratic of Congo. Although Rwanda is a very small destination it doesn’t mean that it’s a lacking country since it brands with good climate, attraction and scenic landscape. To be well pleased is to take a safari to its destination it’s when you will prove it right, why and how Rwanda was called a land of thousand hills.

Culturally, Rwanda tend to share cultural values that has brought unity in the community, patriotism, resilience, social cohesion and hard work many more and with Kinyarwanda being the common language spoken in all parts of the country.

However, Rwanda as a country has three tribes which include; the Hutu, the Tutsi and the Twa all are unique in their ways of cultural aspects that act as attractions to visitors who visit Rwanda while on Rwanda safari Tour.


The Tutsi tribe is the second largest ethnic groups that make up 14%of the population

Traditionally, the Tutsi are cattle keepers who rear the long horned cattle and locally are known as Inyambo with a lot of attachment to these cows. The Tutsi can be found in the areas of northern Rwanda while on safari in Rwanda.


 The Hutu is the largest ethnic group in Rwanda with over 85% of Rwanda’s population. Before the Hut

Traditionally, the Hutu are   cultivators and known of farming the rolling hills of Rwanda in a productive and yet sustainable way. Before were many in number but due to the result in tribal wars which later resulted into genocide that further led to their decline in number.


The Twa tribe is the least ethnic group in Rwanda with small population of people which make up 1%.

Traditionally, the Twa are known as forest people who depend on the forest for a living and are good in traditional entertainment while on Rwanda Safari.

Tribes in Rwanda
Tribes in Rwanda

Currently, these tribes are not mentioned in public because of the pain and the massacre that was left behind after genocide took place in the country. Locally, people tend to call themselves as Rwandans thus abolishing their tribalistic differences. Historically, the massacre occurred in the past years known as Rwanda genocide which took place in 1994 –Rwanda Civil War. This took over 100 days of slaughter because many people lost their lives in a very brutal way during this crisis.

In the genocide it involved in a strong army and Hutu militia groups locally known as interahamwe which mean ‘’ fight together’’ and had another motto known as Impuzamugambi which means ‘’same goal’’ that they used to play a pivotal role in the genocide confronting the Tutsi’s FPRA.

During that time of genocide millions of Rwandans lost their lives within 100 days of evil and the majority who lost their live to death were the Tutsi.  Please note, a mire says of talking about what happened in Rwanda, you can end up in Jail because it is considered abominable in the country. More so, it looks to be illegal one to speak about ethnicity it is very provocative to want happened among the sub-tribes in Rwanda’s country. According to the penal code in Rwanda it’s termed as the crime of divisionism.