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Kwita Izina and World Gorilla Day

The annual gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda, will take place virtually on World Gorilla Day, 24th September 2021.

World Gorilla Day encourages people all over the world to celebrate gorillas and join the conservation efforts to protect gorillas in the wild. Celebrating Kwita Inzina on this date provides a platform for Rwanda to reinforce global attention on gorilla conservation and highlights what the country is doing to protect these endangered species.

Twenty four baby gorillas will be named for easier identification in their respective families. The different babies' names are chosen based on each baby gorilla's birth location, story and the circumstances. Follow this link for the Kinyarwanda names chosen and families.

Volcanoes Safaris has been at the forefront of reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in the region since 1997. Read more about our conservation efforts here. Volcanoes Safaris is honored to be invited and is taking part in this ceremony. We thank Rwanda Development Board and the Rwandan government for their protection of the mountain gorillas.

To be a part of this ceremony, tune into Visit Rwanda Youtube Channel to watch and celebrate

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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.
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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.