Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming - Rwanda

The timeless Rwandan ceremony kwita izina (to give a name) is part of the celebration of the birth of a new child in a family. This name is selected by family members and is announced during the ceremony. For three decades this same ceremony has been performed for Rwanda’s newly born mountain gorillas by rangers, researchers and those charged with the safekeeping of these unique animals. In 2007 the Ceremony was officially named Kwita Izina and has become an exciting part of Rwanda’s tourism and conservation calendar. The event is a celebration of Rwanda’s conservation efforts in protecting the endangered mountain gorilla. The ceremony’s main goal is in helping monitor each individual gorilla and their groups in their natural habitat. It was created as a means of bringing attention both locally and internationally about the importance of protecting the mountain gorillas and their habitats in the Virunga Mountains in the north of the country.


Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The Virunga volcanoes loom peacefully over this luxury lodge, the five double cottages constructed from local Rwandan materials – terracotta and stone. Some of the most comfortable accommodation in the foothills, the lodge also boasts a library and games room....

virunga Lodge

A dramatic hilltop location shows off the best of the volcano park, and you can also take in great views of the lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. The eight upscale units are fine examples of ‘bush chic’, and each has...

Gorillas Nest

You’re practically sharing living space with the local gorilla population in this lodge looking out over the Virunga foothills and the volcano park. A private chef attends to guests in the elegant cabins, and the rooms are among the best...

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