Every June the president of Rwanda or a senior member of the government, some tourists, and all park rangers in the area gather together for the ‘Kwita Izina’ or naming ceremony for every newborn gorilla that came into the world during the year.
This year the naming ceremony is designated to be held at Volcanoes National Park on June 21st. 16 new baby gorillas will be named at the ceremony which is themed ‘Conserving-Empowering-Growing.’
Rwanda is one of the most populated gorilla countries in the world and is home to seven different families of gorillas that are all tracked.
The ceremony’s main purpose is to make it easier to identify and monitor each individual gorilla and their groups in their natural habitat as well as highlight the plight of the endangered mountain gorillas and their habitats in the Virunga mountain range. The good news is that the conservation efforts are working – Rwanda has seen a 26,3% growth in the population since the last census in 2003. For more information visit http://kwitizina.org
Africa Travel (www.africatravel.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / 0207 843 3500) is the UK’s leading specialist for travel to Africa, and they have recently introduced a new Gorilla Trekking package in Rwanda.
Offering excellent value for money, with the cost from just £2449.00 per person, the trip includes return flights from the UK with Kenya Airways, one night on bed & breakfast basis at Kigali Serena Hotel, two nights on half board basis at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, your Gorilla permit, a tour of Kigali city and the Memorial Centre, and private ground transportation throughout with an English- speaking guide. The package also includes lunch at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge after your exhilarating gorilla encounter.
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