Kwita Izina is a naming ceremony in Rwanda where all the newly born mountain gorillas are given names for easy identification. Whenever it reaches 1st July every year, all young gorillas that were born in that year are given names during the event that is highly recognized worldwide. This ceremony is one of the oldest cultural ceremonies in the country and initially, it was meant to give names to newly born babies in the country. In the past, young babies in the country were assembled in one place and the elders organized to give them suitable names which were picked basing on their clans.
With this year’s Kwita Izina ceremony, the tourism industry of Rwanda is expecting to use the event to market its other adventurous sites that a visitors can visit and have a wonderful experience. It will enable the country to reach out to the rest of the world highlighting its rare sites.
Different delegates from different countries including those from Europe are expected to attend the event and they will be provided with all the relevant information regarding Rwanda’s tourism which will be used when they get back to their respective countries. The delegates will be driven around the country after the ceremony and also get a chance of participating in the various adventurous activities
Rwanda is one of the few countries in the world where mountain gorillas are found and this has marketed the country leading to an increase in gorilla safaris. With about 900 gorillas left in the world, a quarter of this is found in this East African country others found in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Though these rare primates can be found in the three countries, for a better tracking experience, a tourists is advised to visit Rwanda or Uganda simply because the gorillas of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are hard to find as they keep on migrating from one place to another crossing the borders.