The Community Project that will be launched in 2019 in the Northern Province of Rwanda has been funded for the most part by Government of Rwanda’s tourism revenue sharing programme in which 10% of total tourism park revenues are invested back into communities, contributing to the development and welfare of communities living adjacent Rwanda’s national parks. Launching projects enhances community involvement and creates awareness of the importance of conservation and the protection of our bio-diversity.
30th Aug – 10th Sept
One of the key activities for the 15th Kwita Izina is the hosted familiarization trip for international tour operators and media. It is our opportunity to showcase Rwanda’s diverse tourism attractions and unique cultural heritage that makes Rwanda a must-see destination. The itinerary includes cultural heritage attractions such as the King’s Palace in Nyanza, Nyungwe, Akagera and Volcanoes National Parks as well as Lake Kivu. Participants will enjoy Kwita Izina events with networking sessions and B2B opportunities built into the programme.
Join us for the ultimate celebration of life as newborn baby gorillas are named during the 15th hosting of Kwita Izina in Kinigi, Volcanoes National Park.
The ceremony of giving a name to a newborn baby, commonly known as ‘Kwita Izina’, has been part of Rwandan culture for centuries.
The name attributed to a baby gorilla plays a significant role in the ongoing programme of monitoring each individual gorilla in its family group and habitat.
This year we expect to name 25 gorillas.
The celebration of the Naming Ceremony continues with a very special Igitaramo – a Cultural Celebratory dinner. The objective of this fundraising dinner is to support Rwanda’s ongoing successful conservation projects specifically ‘Expansion of the Gorilla Habitat’. Celebrate Rwanda’s conservation success story with us and help protect our wildlife and biodiversity for future generations. The celebration is a uniquely Rwandan dinner with great entertainment and local style cuisine.
8th – 9th September
The closing Kwita Izina event is the Business of Conservation Conference- a two-day annual conference held in Kigali with delegates attending from all over the world. Organized in collaboration with African Leadership Group, the Business of Conservation Conference aims to catalyze economic development in Africa by bringing together influential leaders to collaborate in tangible ways around one of Africa’s unique competitive advantages, its unique biodiversity.
7th – 9th September
The Kwita Izina Conservation Exhibition is a two-day event that will be held alongside the Business of Conservation Conference in Kigali.
The exhibition showcases Rwanda’s remarkable achievements in conservation activities through displays of educational materials as well as conservation and tourism related products and services.