Gorilla naming ceremonies (Kwita Izina) 2018

February 5th, 2018

Since 2005, Rwanda has been holding annual Gorilla naming ceremonies called “Kwita Izina” whose proceedings are organised by the Rwanda Development Board that oversees the affairs of Volcanoes national park. This ceremony that is held at the base of the Virunga mountain, has firmly gained ground as an annual activity that goes further to recognise the value of partnerships and the role of the rangers who are fully dedicated to the conservation of these gentle giants.

Gorilla naming Rwanda

The 13th Kwita Izina was held on 1st September 2017 and this year’s ceremony is scheduled for 5th September, marking the 14th ceremony ever held. The previous years have proved a success and 216 Gorillas have been named, some of which have been twins, one pair born in 2005 and the other in 2012. The names of the baby Gorillas are given only by annually selected individuals who are dedicated global or local contributors to the conservation of the Mountain Gorillas; these individuals carefully select names with beautiful meanings for new born Gorillas or adult gorillas that join a habituated group and these names are officiated at the Kwita Izina ceremony.

Kwita Izina has been a prominent ceremony in educating the local people about the importance of conserving these beautiful creatures that are highly endangered and aside the educative bit in this ceremony, there is a lot of entertainment through cultural dances and folk songs. So don’t miss the Gorilla naming ceremony, 2018! Get involved, study the history and conservation of these “Gentle Giants” that begun way back with the late Dian Fossey, a prominent figure in the history of Mountain Gorilla conservation. Kwita Izina 5th September, see you there!

White water rafting on River Nile

November 21st, 2017

white water rafting

Delight your senses with an adventurous day of White water rafting in Uganda’s adventure capital, Jinja! Rafting like any other sport takes skill and probably a little bit of an adrenaline junkie to an individual. The waters are quite unpredictable and many end up falling off the raft at the strength of the waves but you have to stay calm and just enjoy the refreshing slap of the waves as they cool off the sun’s beaming rays with each long splash. The knowledge that you are on the world’s longest river is almost unbelievable and sure enough something to boast about.

This activity begins with a briefing (after your breakfast) about what to expect and what to do in different given circumstances, you will then be divided into teams that will be on different rafts, teams of 9 or 8 s depends on the capacity of the raft. Group pictures are taken with your guide before you get onto your raft to set off for your perfect adventure. At the smooth part of the river, you will practice different scenarios like long distance swimming, in case the raft flips over, what to do and how to hold onto the Kayak, the guide will give you tips and the one thing that is most definitely emphasized is to, “stay calm” and let the waves bring you to the smoother part of the river where you can be easily seen and pulled back onto the raft by your team mates or the rescue team.

From experience, it’s hard to stay calm with your whole body goes in a frenzy at the thought of being swallowed by the waves. During the rafting, there are two camera men on each point, they make sure to get to those rapids before you do and will capture every beautiful moment and some scary moments with lots of faces holding absolute panic.

After about five rapids, you will get a lunch break that’s about one hour. Get some time to relax your arms from the paddling, take a swim in the Nile River if you like. When the one hour is done you will resume the paddling so as to get to other rapids, about three of them. After your last rapid, it’s time to celebrate with some beer and barbecue as you congratulate each other for surviving the waters of the Nile.

Get to look through some really hilarious pictures of your team mates share in the joy and get to take pictures with you back home and you can buy the video too as a team just to celebrate those beautiful memories together. You will then be picked up and dropped off at your desired destination, with no regret whatsoever for the adventurous day you would have had!