To celebrate Kwita Izina in 2013, visitors and Rwandans alike have the chance to jump on board a caravan from Kigali to Kinigi and discover some of the country’s most beautiful sights and environmental wonders. The trip is the perfect way to explore Rwanda’s natural beauty and experience its rich cultural heritage. The tour will culminate in the annual Kwita Izina ceremony on 22 June 2013 where 12 baby gorillas and one family will be named in a celebration of nature and conservation.
Guests will stop off at Shyorongi to take in the spectacular views of Kigali as well as at the breathtaking Nyabarongo river look out – a favourite for photographers. Guests will be treated to a personal tour of one of Rwanda’s best-loved food and beverage companies, Urwibutso Enterprises, in Nyirangarama. Here they can sample the famous cuisine as well as learn about how this business has transformed the local community.
On arriving in Musanze, the base for the tour, guests will have the chance to explore local caves thought to be over two million years old. Those less keen on a journey through Rwanda’s volcanic history can visit the historic Buhanga Eco-Park. Dating back centuries, the Eco-Park was the location of the king’s coronation. Today the park boasts 150 bird species as well as the cherished Unity Tree. A visit to Rwanda’s famous ‘Twin Lakes’ – Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo – is also on offer. The spectacular views of the lakes and nearby volcanoes are sure to take your breath away.
A special cultural exhibition will be on show each day at the famous Hotel Muhabura where guests can take a break and meet artists, purchase local art and crafts and watch the mesmerising Intore dance troupes. Those especially interested in the gorillas and their mountain habitat can join an informal fire side chat with the vets, trackers and researchers who care for and protect these beautiful animals.
A local concert will take place at Musanze stadium on Friday evening, after which guests can check out the Crazy Night of the Gorillas party held at popular Musanze night spot, Volcana Lounge. The party will be a chance to enjoy a dance and a drink with friends and find out if you’ve been lucky enough to win a prize in the Caravan Raffle.
The tour will culminate in Kinigi on Saturday 22 June with the Kwita Izina ceremony where 12 baby gorillas and a newly formed family will be named. This annual event is a celebration of nature and the communities who protect Rwanda’s gorillas and their habitat.
These are just some of the highlights of the caravan tour and an itinerary with more information, additional activities and costs can be found here.
The Kwita Izina 2013 Caravan will have two options – a four day tour departing from Kigali on Thursday June 20 and three day tour departing on Friday June 21. Both options will return to Kigali on Sunday June 23.
To read a description of each stop and activity, click here.
To download a complete itinerary for the four day caravan tour, click here.
To download a complete itinerary for the three day caravan tour, click here.
To register for the Kiwta Izina Caravan Tour, click here.