Kwita Izina Celebrating the Magical People Who Make a Rwanda Gorilla Safari a Reality
It is a public secret that Rwanda’s tourism industry is majorly centred around the gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda which are done in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park is home to 15 habituated gorilla families that Africa safari-goers meet on their gorilla safari Rwanda. These Rwanda gorilla trekking safari families that are visited include Amahoro, Umubano, Hirwa, Igisha, Isimbi, Muhoza, Kwitonda, Sabyinyo, Susa, Pablo, Kuryama, Mafunzo, Kureba, Musirikali and Ntambara gorilla families.
Gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda are a luxury adventure as they are done at a hefty price tag of 1500USD which is twice over the price of gorilla permits in other gorilla destinations of Uganda which charges 700USD per gorilla trekking permit beginning July 2020 and DR Congo which charges 500 USD for the same gorilla permit. However, the price tag shouldn’t get you to distract you from making this fascinating Rwanda gorilla safari given because Rwanda gorilla safari experience is a quite a spectacle that you just shouldn’t miss.
Gorilla conservation in Rwanda
Gorilla conservation can be traced back in 1967 when an American natural researcher Dian Fossey set up a research centre for mountain gorillas on land between the mounts of Bisoke and Karisimbi Dian Fossey devoted her life to understanding these gentle mountain giants and she is greatly credited for making it her personal mission to make the whole world understand that these gorilla species faced extinction if nothing was done to ensure the survival and continuity of this species of gorillas. Unfortunately, in 1985, Dian Fossey was brutally murdered at her home by unknown assailants and its believed that this act of cowardice was perpetrated by mountain gorillas’ poachers who saw works as a threat to their business of poaching. She was buried inside this park next to her favourite gorilla named digit as a tribute to her outstanding work efforts to see to it that these gorillas are given a fair shot at survival. Dian Fossey’s works have been highly appreciated by the larger international community and her work and legacy have been portrayed in a documentary film entitled Gorillas in the Mist which is based on her autobiography.
Conservation in Volcanoes National Park has not come without glitches becomes from time to time the park has had to deal with a number of challenges like between 1969-1973, Volcanoes National Park lost over 1sqkm of land to pyrethrum plantation, in 1992, Volcanoes National Park became the battleground during the Rwandan civil war which saw the closure of the park centre and halting of all tourist activities within the park.
The Birth of Kwita Izina
Kwita Izina is a Rwanda gorilla naming ceremony that has been done annually since 2004 for the last 15 years. This ceremony is aimed at celebrating the works of various people who have directly or indirectly contributed to gorilla conservation in Rwanda or even conservation of nature around the world. These distinguished personalities are given an opportunity to name a baby gorilla that has been born within that particular year. This year’s event is set to kick off Friday in Kinigi, northern Rwanda.
The event has brought together dignitaries which include conservationists, celebrities, renowned philanthropists and diplomats to celebrate the country’s success in protecting the endangered mountain gorilla species.
The star-studded line-up to name baby gorillas at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park include Former Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Secretary of the UN Amina Mohammed, American RnB singer Ne-Yo, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, former Arsenal FC captain Tony Adams, HRH Princess of Jordan Basma Bint Ali, Sri Lankan philanthropist Otara Gunewardene, Rwandan US-based Choreographer Sherrie Silver and British supermodel Naomi Campbell among others. These celebrities are going to be naming the 25 baby gorillas that have been born in volcanoes national park between 19th Sept 2018-1st Sept 2019. This year’s Kwita Izina marks an increase to 25 babies from 22 baby gorillas.
Although Rwanda is highly rated as one of the best gorilla trekking destinations, it is not the only gorilla destination in east Africa, you can as well make a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A Uganda gorilla tour to any of these two national parks gives you a chance to track any of the 19 gorilla families that are found in Uganda. Still, you can make a detour into Congo for an epic Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo for the low land gorillas or Virunga National Park Congo and gorilla safari. If you are interested in a gorilla adventure in any of the gorilla destinations of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo, let prime safaris be your guide on this memorable gorilla adventure as it has been tried and tested as one of the local safari companies with a wide variety of gorilla safari tours to these destinations that are pocket friendly and equally fascinating. Prime safaris have packages that range from short Uganda gorilla tours to long Uganda gorilla safaris, short Rwanda gorilla safaris to long gorilla safaris in Rwanda and short Congo gorilla safaris to long Congo gorilla tours at just the right price for a beautiful encounter with these magical beings of the wild. Here are some of these packages.
- 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tour
- 2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour Volcanoes Park
- 4 Days Gorilla Safari Rwanda- Tracking-Safari Dian Fossey Tomb Tour
- 5 days gorilla & chimpanzee
- 8 days Rwanda adventure & classic gorilla trekking safari tour
- 8 days gorilla trekking safari Rwanda chimpanzee tracking tour
- 1 day Jinja source of the Nile tour Jinja tour day trip
- 1 day Kampala city tour trip Uganda
- Sipi falls day trip
- Ngamba island chimpanzee day tour
- 1 day Mambamba swamp birding excursion
- 1 day short Uganda safari to Lake Mburo
- 3 days Uganda safari to Lake Mburo
- 2 days chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda
- 3 days chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, Kibale National Park
- 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari
- 10 days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari
- 2 days Murchison Falls safari in Uganda
- 3 days Murchison Falls national park Uganda safari
- 2 days Queen Elizabeth national park
- 3 days Queen Elizabeth safari Uganda
- 2 Days Gorilla Safari in Bwindi
- 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi
- 3 days Uganda Safari to Kidepo National Park
- 4 Days Safari in Uganda to Kidepo Valley National Park
- 2 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour Mgahinga Gorilla Park
- 3 days Uganda Gorila Tour to Mgahinga Gorilla Ntional Park