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Written by Matthew Masino
For the last century, the Kingdom of Wakanda was thought to be a nation of poor farmers and shepherds. Located to the north of Lake Turkana in East Africa, Wakanda had remained almost silent on a global scale participating in no international trade or accepting foreign aid. The entire world had practically written-off Wakanda, until a recent speech at the United Nations from King T’Challa in which he said,
“For the first time in history, we will be sharing our knowledge and resources with the outside world. Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we as brothers and sisters on this Earth should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.”
We now know that what the world thought was a third world country is actually the most technologically advanced nation on the planet as well as home to the Black Panther. And for the first time ever, travel to Wakanda is possible with AWM Destination’s Wakandan Cultural Exchange Program (WCEP). In a partnership with the government of Wakanda, AWM Destinations is able to provide unique access to cultural, technological, and natural resources of Wakanda for visitors from all over the world.
Immerse Yourself in the Culture of Wakanda
During your visit to Wakanda, you’ll spend most of your time in Birnin Zana, also known as the Golden City. From the city center, travel aboard the Maglev Train to visit each of the four tribes of Wakanda: The River tribe, the Mining tribe, the Merchant tribe, and the Border tribe. You’ll be introduced to distinct cultural practices while visiting the tribes. For example, while touring the Border tribe land, you’ll visit the White Rhino Farm where the members of the Border tribe breed and train these magnificent creatures for battle.
See the Future of Technology
A unique experience for all tech lovers out there is a visit to Princess Shuri’s Lab located in Mount Bashenga. Designed by the Princess herself, this high tech laboratory designs and produces much of Wakanda’s modern technology including the Black Panther Habit. During your visit, you’ll view a demonstration of some of the latest technology coming out of the lab. This experience is especially unique and is only possible through the Wakandan Cultural Exchange Program.
Discover the Natural Wonder
In addition to the cultural and technological wonders of Wakanda, your Exchange Program will give you an opportunity to view the local flora and fauna of the kingdom. Hike up the snowy mountains to visit the Jabari Tribe or climb down to visit the vibranium mines. No matter where you go, you’ll be sure to discover unique and exciting plants and animals along the way.
Meet the Black Panther
The highlight of your time in Wakanda will be the opportunity to meet and dine with the King of Wakanda, T’Challa, or as he’s more commonly known: The Black Panther. After a day spent exploring the marketplace of Birnin Zana, you’ll put on your finest clothes and head to the Hall of Kings where T’Challa would normally meet with the Tribal Council. With a huge window looking out at the city, the Hall of Kings will surely make you feel like royalty. While you’re there, make sure to look down through the glass floor and see an old Wakandan ruin.
As the world welcomes the Kingdom of Wakanda to the community of nations, AWM Destinations is proud to be the leading sponsor of the Wakandan Cultural Exchange Program. Click here to learn more about the Kingdom of Wakanda and the opportunities that await you there. Thank you again for choosing AWM Destinations, your invitation to the world.
In loving memory of Chadwick Boseman (1979-2020), the once and future king. Rest in power.
AWM Destinations is the world’s leading travel agency to faraway and fictional destinations. We provide custom travel services involving air, rail, twister transport, car rentals, magic portals, hotel reservations, tours, and sightseeing. Our mission is to connect travelers from around the world with a diverse range of destinations and experiences. From theme parks to tropical islands to fantasy kingdoms, AWM Destinations is your one-stop shop for inside access to the most exciting and exclusive destinations in the world, and beyond.
Matthew Masino joined the team at the AWM in December 2019. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Theatre Directing in May of 2019. While not working at the museum, Matthew is a theatre director and creator. He has worked with the International Voices Project, the Chicago Fringe Festival, and BYOT Productions on various projects. He is excited to share his love for the written word with all that visit the museum.