Kwita Izina; New Gorilla Naming Ceremony Rwanda
Make a date with Rwanda in the week culminating with the annual Kwita Izina Gorilla naming festival,
The date is always to be confirmed by the Rwandan cabinet though, showing the importance of tourism has in general and Kwita Izina in particular for the government of the ‘land of a thousand hills’.
The festival idea, now almost a decade old, has become the envy of neighboring countries all of whom are now naming gorilla babies too but have failed to introduce a similar festivity.
The attendance of Kwita Izina has in recent years risen sharply, where by the preceding week is always filled with activities, and wildlife conservationists making an annual pilgrimage to Kigali and Ruhengeri, to give lectures, participate in workshops and seminars, help with community based activities and generally support a country which has distinguished herself beyond doubt as one of the globally most committed conservation supporters.