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8th Annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony

The 8th Annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony will take place in Rwanda on the 16th June 2012 and is open to all Volcanoes Safaris clients and guests travelling in Rwanda at that time!

Every year, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) hosts the Kwita Izina – Gorilla Naming Ceremony. This year the ceremony celebrates its 8th year, proving to be a popular attraction for those lucky enough to receive their special invitation. This big, well-organised event is set at the base of the mountains where you trek the gorillas in Rwanda. It is a magical setting. If you're coming to Rwanda for a close encounter with a mountain gorilla, we're sure you will enjoy learning more about the mountain gorilla conservation and the way tourism contributes to their survival.

Attendance is open to anyone travelling in the area at the time, but needs to be confirmed in advance. At this year’s event, Kinyarwanda and English names will be given to 15 baby mountain gorillas at Virunga National Park. This year's theme is ‘Sustainable Tourism and Greener Economy’.

Contact us if you are one of the lucky Volcanoes Safaris guests who are travelling in Rwanda on the 16th June and wish to attend the Kwita Izina celebrations!

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To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 years are allowed to go gorilla tracking. For guests booking a stay at Virunga Lodge, please note that the minimum age limit for children at Virunga Lodge is 12 years.

Safari Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.

Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.