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TRADITIONAL CANDLE DIPPING AND HIVE MAKING EXPERIENCE
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From USD   75* | from £ 0 54.75*

per person sharing

Become part of a beekeeping cooperative for the day. The Azizi Life Experience morning begins with a drive to a nearby village, where you and your Azizi Life interpreter will be welcomed by the men and ladies of the cooperative.
After introductions from your hostess, a morning of family chores begins. You collect water from the valley spring, prepare the fire for candle dipping and gather the materials and learn how to make your own traditional beehive.
At noontime, you’ll share a simple local meal with your host family, with plenty of time to chat and learn about each other’s lives. After lunch, you will join with the artisan cooperative for an afternoon of candle making. You will learn how to prepare the wax, and then the artisans will teach you how to dip your own pair of bees wax candles that you get to take home with you. You will love working with the artisans as you dip and laugh together.
The day finishes back at the Azizi Life office, with a cold Fanta and a chance to think back over the highlights of the day. There you can browse through some of the beautiful crafts made by the Azizi Life artisans and do a little fair trade shopping.

Cost of a 4WD – USD 350 for max 4 people including driver guide and fuel

Nonresident:85 per person
East Africa resident:75 per person
Children (5-15):65 per child

Pick up from Kigali Hotel Lobby : 06:30am

08:00

Meet your interpreter at the Azizi Life office or en route if you prefer.  Drive to the candle-making group.

08:30
Leave your vehicle and walk final the 15 minutes to the candle maker’s households. Let us know if you are not able to walk this far, so that alternative arrangements can be made.

08:45
Introduction to your host and the members of their family. The Candle makers will explain how they source their wax..

09:00
Go to the well to fetch water. If you are not fit enough to fetch water, you can choose to help with food preparation instead.  Next, you will start a fire to the boil water that will be used for dipping candles.

10:00
Prepare materials to make a traditional hive then learn to make a traditional hive from bamboo and banana leaves. (We will provide work gloves for you during this stage).

11.15
Prepare/clean beeswax from scratch to get cleaned wax ready to be used during the dipping process.

12.30
Lunch break. This will be whatever the family would normally eat.  The food will be cooked and vegetarian e.g. cassava and beans.  This is a good time to ask your hosts about life in their community.  They may have questions for you as well about life back in your home country.

13.30
Candle Dipping step-by-step until you have your pair very own of candles to take home with you! This will be done under the full instruction of the group members to help and guide you.

15.30
Arrive back at Azizi Life.  Have a cold drink and a chance to debrief.  We display handicrafts at Azizi Life, including those made by the beekeepers/candle makers you visited, and these are for sale if you wish to buy a souvenir and further support the beekeepers/candle makers

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Excludes:

  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Tips & gratuities
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