Kwita Izina Activities
This evening will be a celebration of the diverse cultures represented in Rwanda and their perspective on conservation. Through art and a variety of visual representation, participants will also have the opportunity to experience different global conservation sites in one location.
A look back- Exhibition
This week long exhibition will showcase Rwanda´s successful conservation projects,
but with a particular emphasis on the history of mountain gorillas and the trackers who play an essential role caring for them.
Schools participation- Future Leaders Series
Through an art competition based on the theme Celebrating nature, empowering communities, secondary school students will be given a chance to share their ideas of youth´s role in the future of conservation. The winner of the competition will name a gorilla and a visit to the Virunga National Park.
Kwita Izina Tour Bus
As a lead up to the event, visitors will be able to hop on a bus to Kinigi. This will give tourists an opportunity to visit various sites along the Kigali- Kinigi route, including agriculture projects, tourism sites and community based activities. This journey will culminate
with the main Kwita Izina event on June 22nd. The ´package´ include rebate fees from hotels and restaurants along the route, participation at the local cultural event in Kinigi on the eve of Kwita Izina as well as the participation at the main event.
Ceremonies and Celebrities
The gorilla naming ceremony will incorporate this year´s theme, highlighting the benefits and success of conservation in Rwanda. We will also identify and approach Ambassadors who advocate for sustainable tourism as a uniting concept. These will include celebrities as well as authoritative voices in tourism, conservation or development, who will also be given the opportunity to name gorilla babies born this year.