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Kwita Izina, the Rwandan ceremony of giving a name to a newborn baby gorilla, is a welcome tradition for local Rwandese. The event is a celebration of the success of Gorilla conservation through the public naming of the newly borns. It highlights one of Rwanda’s main attractions, while educating the public about Mountain Gorilla conservation and protecting the environment in which they thrive.
Last year 17 baby gorillas were named during the ceremony. This year Kwita Izina will take place on Saturday June 22nd.
Book your last minute adventure and combine Kwita Izina with a stay in the magnificent Virunga Lodge and gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda, through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga range of volcanoes!
Gorilla permits are selling quickly so don't miss your chance - contact Volcanoes Safaris now for availability.
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.