Azizi Life Experiences
Azizi Life Experiences
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We offer a unique opportunity to experience life in Rural Rwanda. Come on one of our 2 hour or day long workshops and try your hand at everything from subsistence farming to learning how to weave your own Rwanda craft. If you come for the day then lunch is included and it gives you the chance to chat with your hosts and really learn about their life. You can do one day or more and we can even tailor the experience to meet the needs and interests of your group - just ask us for more details. We also offer guided hike around the beautiful hills and valleys around Muhanga and then during the months of May to September we also offer a traditional coffee experience. We can put the workshop on any day and time that works for you.
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Jaymie W
Pearland, TX21 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
I did the Banana Juice making experience with Azizi Life. I was able to arrange transportation through them which was very helpful as I was traveling solo and in a wheelchair. Although the house where the experience was held was not wheelchair friendly thanks to the staff of Azizi Life I did not miss out on any aspect, even when I thought I would have to they made a way for me and ensured that I was comfortable throughout the entire day. It was a great experience that I would recommend for others. Also, it felt good supporting Azizi Life knowing that they in turn supported the artisans that they partnered with.
Written September 30, 2022
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Tom M
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am so happy the team was able to help you access the artisans home and that you had a great experience. Your support of our work in Rwanda is really appreciated.
Written October 24, 2022
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jaymiew1
14 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
I had a great time doing the traditional Banana Juice in a village experience through Azizi Life. They were able to arrange transportation for me from Kigali (the village is about 90 minutes from Kigali) which was very helpful. I traveled solo and in a wheelchair. I didn't expect everything to be accessible to me. Although not wheelchair accessible the staff at Azizi Life made a way for me to participate in everything! Even when I thought something might be too much trouble they didn't so and made it happen! The women were wonderful. Me and a group of other tourists helped to make a delicious vegetarian lunch and we went through the whole process of making banana juice. We were warned not to drink until after boiling which they did for us back at the Azizi Life office where we were able to shop, have a cold Fanta and het our banana juice to take with us.
Written October 9, 2022
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Tom M
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am so happy the team was able to help you access the artisans home and that you had a great experience. Your support of our work in Rwanda is really appreciated.
Written October 24, 2022
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ShenandoahAmy
Winchester, VA15 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
I just got back from a 10 day trip to Rwanda, along with a group of 10, that Tom McGregor from Azizi Life planned from beginning to end. I started corresponding with Tom about 6 months prior to the trip and initially contacted him about the day-in-the-life experience days -- Tom ended up planning our entire trip on our very limited budget. The two days in the village -- carrying bundles of grass on our heads, buckets of water, making mud bricks, building a pig house, weaving necklaces, learning to use a hoe and talking (through wonderful translators) with the village women over lunch they prepared for us in their homes -- remained the highlight of our trip. That being said, the day trips Azizi Life planned gave all of us an immense appreciation for Rwandan history, culture, and day-to-day rhythms, so it is actually difficult to choose an absolute favorite. Azizi Life made us feel like each part of Rwanda we visited was home - despite the fact that a few on our trip have never left the United States. You will not meet a warmer, more dedicated group of special individuals who think of everything (and I mean everything) and make visitors feel like family. Azizi Life made us feel comfortable going out of our comfort zones -- and left us wanting to come back for more.
Written March 18, 2013
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Julia G
Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom20 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
Just exactly what i always look for in a holiday but seldom find - friendly people sharing their daily life, answering all those questions I'd been dying to ask, even showing an interest in where I come from. I took part in a wide range of tasks during a one day visit. Most interesting for me were the weed plants and food plants, how to carry a load on your head, and the astonishing sisal fibres coming out of the leaf. A wonderful idea, well executed by Azizi Life.
Written February 13, 2013
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conniechiles
Ottumwa, IA14 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
We had a good time on our adventure - peeling sweet potatoes, hoeing the ground, feeding cows, hauling water, weaving, and eating lunch with the ladies. I don't think I'd survive their lifestyle. They are very hard workers.
Written December 13, 2017
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JanetFB44
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States8 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
Authentic, engaging, eye-opening! Skip the expensive safaris and grasp how PEOPLE really live and work. I've traveled on every continent and the Azizi Life day was the most amazing adventure imaginable. You'll better understand cultures, world economics, education, and truly appreciate the invincible, generous nature of the human spirit!
Written May 8, 2012
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Judy S
25 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
We visited the Azizi Life Center to learn local drumming and dancing. We were warmly welcomed by our guide who also served as our interpreter. We were dressed in local costumes and proceeded to learn drumming and dancing with our very late Ted teachers and entertainers. The center is about an hour’s drive from Kigali. We went in the morning.So if you go, check to see if they can make arrangements for lunch. Transportation to and from Kigali was arranged by the center for an additional cost.

The highlight of my trip so far.
Written April 24, 2018
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virendsa
Mumbai, India110 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
From the time I came till the time I left, I have never felt so welcomed and appreciated in all my life. I should send my parents here on camp to learn a few things.... smiles From tilling the land to cooking food and getting water from the lake the tour was both authentic and exceeded my expectations and considering I was solo they did not over charge me like other companies which is an added advantage.

But what stuck me the most were two things: A] when I cut myself while cooking they took care of me not professionally but like i was their own son which deepened the impact.
B] When I was going to miss my bus to the city that would get me to my onward intl flight, they not just drove me to the stand but on realizing that I missed the bus and the next would definitely be way too late, they proactively drove me ahead so that I could catch the same bus and thus save time!!!

DEFINITELY DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE CATCHING A FLIGHT THE SAME DAY but you have to try and spend a night with these guys and it will change your life forever!!

Will definitely come back!!
Written August 12, 2017
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prot
Kalmar, Sweden66 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Spontaneously stopped in Muhanga on the way to Akagera to go to Azizi lifes' souvenir shop but ended up with staying one night and went on an experience doing mud bricks. We do not regret it one bit!

First of all, they treated us like royalty at the hostel and made us feel right at home for a more than reasonable price. Felt a bit bad that we couldn't thank them the day after for everything.

Then the experience were way over expectations. Got to meet the women of the Abumurava cooperative. Unbelievable human beings. Welcoming and warm showing us into one of their home and teaching us about their everyday life. Also teaching us about how to make mud bricks and making bracelets out of fibres from a plant. Not only that, we changed experiences through a very good interpreter, Jeanette (i believe her name was, sorry if i am wrong but i'm horrible with names).

After a lot of laughter and fantastic food that they made for us they asked us to join them to sing and dance and it was all that i've ever pictured Rwanda and Africa to be.

I wish these ladies and Azizi life all the best in this world and hope that their work will continue to be able to cooperate as well as it does today and maybe even better (if that is possible)

A thousand thanks from me and my partner! If we ever come back to Rwanda I hope we can come back to Muhanga and visit you again!

To everyone reading this; do not miss this opportunity if you are passing or near Muhanga! It is definitely worth it and more! Look to their web page (or google "Azizi life rwanda" and you'll find it) for more available experiences. They will be more than happy to make the experience adjusted to your liking. Obviously you are as much participant as you like but make sure to partake as much as possible for an ultimate experience!
The money you spend helps the members of the cooperative and the community. It's a win win situation for everyone when you visit! Can't be any better really :)
Written February 25, 2017
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JohnsHopkins
Baltimore, MD2 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
probably the most authentic Rwandan experience you'll get! you get to hang out and eat with the villagers!
Written January 12, 2016
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Azizi Life Experiences (Muhanga) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go