Monday, 05 August 2019 10:09

Naming Baby Gorillas in Rwanda

Kwita Izina has, since the first ceremony in 2005, become an unmissable annual tradition in Rwanda when dignitaries, park rangers, researchers, friends of gorillas, media and tourists gather at Kinigi in the Volcanoes National Park to take part in naming all the baby gorillas born that year. Besides being a very moving, “bucket list” experience, naming them also helps with monitoring each individual gorilla in their family and habitat and highlight the plight of this endangered species and their habitats in the Virunga mountain range. Most of the baby gorillas are named according to the circumstances of their birth, their future expectations or the location where they were born.

Volcanoes National Park currently shelters over 340 mountain gorillas, which have been habituated into 10 families, namely the Titus, Kwitonda, Susa, karisimbi, Amahoro, Umubano, Sabyinyo, Agashya, Hirwa, and Ugenda families.

This year the official ceremony will be held on 6th September 2019, with a week-long schedule of activities planned, including beer brewing, basket weaving, music and food tasting experiences. After the naming ceremony all guests are invited to attend a gala dinner which is included in the US$100 ticket price and can be booked within most of the hotels including the Kigali Serena Hotel and Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Lake Kivu Serena is located on the white sandy shores of the sixth largest lake in Africa and offers a range of activities to enjoy after your gorilla trek including its own private beach, boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking, biking and trekking as well as a spa. It is a more affordable alternative to staying within the National Park. 

For more information on these Rwandan properties or how to book a gorilla package including the Kwita Izina ceremony please email info@ethosmarketing.co.uk or visit www.serenahotels.com
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The Rwanda Development Board recently announced an increase in the price of Gorilla Tracking Permits from US$750 to US$1,500 for all visitors, effective immediately. On hearing the news, leading safari specialist, Acacia Africa was encouraged by comments* from Stephen Asiimwe, CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, after the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) reported that their current tracking charges will be maintained.

Arno Delport, Sales & Marketing Manager at Acacia Africa, comments “The recent increases in gorilla tracking permits by the Rwandan government will inevitably have a knock on effect on tourism in Uganda where the cost of a permit is now substantially less and priced at only USD 600pp. Clearly, the percentage of revenue obtained by the use of the gorilla permits contributes to the primates’ survival, the recent baby boom in Bwindi impenetrable National Park giving hope to conservationists and exciting travellers looking to book this once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience.”

Stephen Asiimwe, CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, comments ”Once you have looked into the eyes of a mountain gorilla, you understand how important it is to protect these primates. It is important, that not only a wealthy minority can get the chance to experience these animals in their natural environment, but everyone who wants to contribute to their conservation. Besides, we feel obliged to our tourism partners worldwide to keep prices stable.”

Acacia Africa is discounting 11 of its gorilla focused camping overland trips by 15% in its current Primate Promo, if bookings are made by 30 June. All of the tours feature gorilla viewing in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the prices include transport, camping accommodation, most meals and services of a tour leader/driver. Excludes return flight.

SAVE £210pp (15%) 18 day Mountain Gorillas to the Mara from £1,195pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £510pp + gorilla & chimp permit from £540pp. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 19 August and 16 September. Starts Nairobi - ends Nairobi. Full tour price £1,405pp.


SAVE £158pp (15%) 14 day Gorilla Encounter from £897pp (no single supplement) + Adventure Pass from £100pp + gorilla & chimp permit from £540pp. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 26 August and 23 September. Starts Nairobi - ends Nairobi. Full tour price £1,055pp.


SAVE £90pp (15%) Six day Troop to the Gorillas from £515pp (no single supplement) + gorilla & chimp permit from £540pp. Offer valid on the following guaranteed departures: 04 July, 22 August, 26 September. Starts Kampala - ends Kampala. Full tour price £605pp.


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Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; info@acacia-africa.comacacia-africa.com). SATSA membership No. 1931, ATTA membership no. 20151, ATOL No. 6499 and ABTA No. W4093 PROTECTED. 

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