Kwita Izina – Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda

KwitaIzina 2017 a celebration of Rwanda's conservation held at the foot of the Virunga Mountains to mark the 13th year of success

Thousands of residents from Musanze District & visitors from all over the world including tour operators & media graced KwitaIzina 2017

This year on 1st September 2017, Rwanda hosted the 13th Kwita Izina, (gorilla naming ceremony) inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born.


In the 12 years since the event was established, 216 mountain gorilla babies have been named in a celebration of nature together with the communities who protect the majestic mountain gorillas.


The event is expected to bring together thousands of Rwandans, friends of Rwanda and celebrities to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park.  Inquire about this Ceremony

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Launched in 2005, Kwita Izina, a uniquely Rwandan event, is not only a celebration of newly born mountain gorilla babies, but also serves to raise awareness of the importance of the protection of species and their habitats at community, national, regional and international levels. Last year’s Kwita Izina saw almost 500 international and 20,000 local attendees.

Mountain Gorilla Baby Twins!

Twin gorillas are not only extremely rare but they are also absolutely adorable. We are excited to see twins being born in Rwanda for the 3rd time; the first pair was born in 2005 and the second in 2012, this is truly a blessing on our conservation efforts.

Gorilla Twins born in Volcanoes National Park
Gorilla Twins born in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla Naming Ceremony

The gorilla naming ceremony featuring culturalperformances and renditions from local entertainers is the climax of the Kwita Izina week. The event convenes over 20,000 guests in Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcano Mountains in the Northern Province of Rwanda. Every year important playersfrom both the conservation and tourism industries attend the event.


Naming a mountain gorilla baby is considered a great honour. Baby Namers are carefully chosen to include individuals both globally and locally that have made a great contribution to conservation efforts both in Rwanda and the world.