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Kwita Izina is an annual ceremony in Rwanda where baby mountain gorillas are given names. Kwita Izina 2020 will be yet another opportunity of bringing attention both locally and internationally about the importance of protecting the mountain gorillas and their natural habitats. The main aim of this Rwanda gorilla naming ceremony 2020 is to help in monitoring each individual gorilla and their groups in their natural habitat.
Kwita Izina 2020 official date will be communicated in due time so be sure to keep checking this page for updates. Contact us to take part in exciting tourist activities that we will put together leading up the Kwita Izina 2020.

Kwita Izina 2020

Cultural dancers entertaining people at a Kwita Izina ceremony in Rwanda.

The Volcanoes National Park biosphere reserve fosters socio-economic development and environmental protection because in addition to being home to the endangered mountain gorillas, it is also a learning site for sustainable development of ecological systems.

Local communities around Volcanoes National Park have over the years benefited from the Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda especially due to the week-long programs whose proceeds go towards conservation and community development. The activities in the week leading up the gorilla naming ceremony include; launching community projects, conference, community party, green energy initiatives and so much more. Visitors will also take part exploring Nyungwe Forest National Park as well as wildlife encounters of Akagera National Park.

Kwita Izina photo with President Kagame

President Paul Kagame posing with dignitaries including Naomi Campbell, Ne-Yo, Louis van Gaal among others.

Here is the detailed itinerary of Kwita Izina 2020, the gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda.

Day 1: Arrival – Kigali International Airport.

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, you will be received by our company representative / tour guide who will brief you on the week-long of activities and then transfer you to a hotel in Kigali for dinner and overnight stay. Depending on your arrival time you may have a tour of Kigali City. Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Kigali Serena Hotel (HIGH END).
Chez Lando (MID RANGE).

Day 2: Visit Akagera National Park.

After your early morning breakfast, you will depart to Akagera National Park in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Akagera National Park is the largest National Park in Rwanda and the only one where wildlife game drives can be done in Rwanda. Most Rwanda Tours involving great wildlife encounters pass through this park. The park comprises acacia woodlands, Savannah grasslands and a wide range of animal species including lions and rhinos. In Akagera National Park, you will see animal species such as zebras, giraffes, kobs, elephants, lions, rhinos among others. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Ruzizi Tented Camp (HIGH END).
Akagera Game Lodge (MID RANGE).

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park – Afternoon Canopy Walk

After your early morning breakfast you will depart for Nyungwe Forest National Park in the South-western region of Rwanda at 7:00am. You will enjoy enroute scenic views of the lush green verdant countryside hills which are why Rwanda is referred to as the “land of a thousand hills”. You will arrive at the lodge in Nyungwe in time for lunch after which you will have an afternoon canopy walk. Nyungwe Canopy Walkway is about 70 meters above ground, spans across three bridges and is about 160 meters long. Enjoy panoramic views of Nyungwe Forest and be ready to encounter a number of bird species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Nyungwe Top View (HIGH END).
Emeraude Hotel (MID RANGE).

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda is an exhilarating experience. After your early morning breakfast, you will take part in tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest. Thereafter, you will be transferred by road to Karongi, one of the most relaxing places in Rwanda, an ideal place to enjoy lakeside recreation. Have an overnight in Kibuye. Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Cormorant Hotel (HIGH END).
Bethany Hotel (MID RANGE).

Day 5: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is about 6 hours from Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will after your breakfast, embark on the journey to Volcanoes National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rwanda. You will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch, after which you will spend the afternoon relaxing at the lodge as you prepare for the following day’s Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (HIGH END).
La Palme Hotel (MID RANGE).

Day 6: Kwita Izina – Gorilla Naming Ceremony

You will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park headquarters for the Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony. This is a colorful event in which baby gorillas are given names. The event also serves to raise awareness in the importance of wildlife conservation. Notable personalities from around the world usually attend the gorilla naming ceremony and actively take part. Spend the evening at Red Rocks Community Camp enjoying beer brewing, basket weaving, music and food tasting experiences. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (HIGH END).
La Palme Hotel (MID RANGE).

Ne-Yo performing at the Kigali Arena

Ne-Yo performing at the Kigali Arena.

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After your early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Kinigi, at the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park to take part in Rwanda Gorilla Trekking. After briefing from the park rangers, you will be assigned a group and then enter the jungle to track the mountain gorillas.  Volcanoes National Park, in the north-western part of Rwanda is home to a good number of mountain gorillas and various international scientific and research organizations mainly focused on gorillas. After you’re your gorilla trekking experience, you will be transferred to a hotel in Kigali for dinner and overnight stay. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation Options:
Kigali Serena Hotel (HIGH END).
Chez Lando (MID RANGE).

Day 8: Kigali City Tour – Departure

After breakfast, you will go for Kigali City Tour especially if you missed it on the first day. Kigali City has a lot for you to see including the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. You may purchase souvenirs during your tour of Kigali City. You will have lunch and then be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch.

End of the Kwita Izina Rwanda Gorilla Naming Ceremony TourBook This Safari

The Kwita Izina 2020 Package Includes;

  • 1 Gorilla Permit per Person.
  • 1 Chimpanzee Permit per Person.
  • Airport transfers.
  • All Accommodation in standard rooms.
  • Meals as described by (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • 1-litre bottled mineral water per person per day whilst on safari.
  • Transportation by a 4*4 Safari Car.
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide.
  • Game drive, Sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees.
  • AMREF Emergency medical evacuation cover.

Kwita Izina 2020 Package is Exclusive of:

International Flights, Items of a personal nature such as telephone/internet usage, laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tips etc.

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