Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda

The tenth edition of Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s gorilla naming and conservation festival, will take place this year on Tuesday, July 1.

Starting the week-long festivities, which once again will cover the entire country, will be the launch of a Gorilla Conservation and Community exhibition in Kinigi on Monday, June 23, while from June 25 - 29 a familiarization trip across all the provinces will acquaint invited guests and media participants with the range of tourism attractions beyond gorilla tracking. Among the visits will be the official launch of Basumba Primary School funded by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) through the Tourism Revenue Sharing Scheme which has over the years provided millions of Rwanda Francs for community benefits like schools, health centers, the provision of clean water and the construction of roads and other infrastructure.

On Saturday, June 28, visitors can experience first-hand the Rwandan community self-help model of Umuganda, where the entire nation, apart from those on work duty, comes together to improve their immediate neighbourhoods, clean trenches, slash grass, beautify recreational parks, and engage in other community projects through volunteer hands-on work. On the afternoon of the same day, the RDB will launch a tourism exhibition and B2B meetings as visitors from the entire Eastern African region are expected to assemble in Kigali in support of the festival, which is now one of several the tourist boards of Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya organize and are pledged to support.