Once again, Gondwana has been featured on two “best of” lists! This time, i-on Magazine included our Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda trip in their list of “The Best Adventure Holidays,” and Ocean Home Magazine lists it as one of their “Eight Fit Trips for the New Year.” Whether you’re seeking adventure or activities, choosing to travel Rwanda will deliver both in spades. Like i-on magazine says, “…if these options don’t turn you into a recklessly spontaneous, thrill-seeking travel junkie, we don’t know what will.”
Gorilla Trekking Is An Active Vacation
Ocean Home Magazine writes, “With the arrival of a new year, many of us will make resolutions to get fit or take a trip.” Traveling to a new place is always an exciting experience, but getting off the beaten path takes adventure to new heights. For those who enjoy an active vacation, we bring guests to some of the world’s most exotic locations and explore their natural and cultural highlights. Among many activities, gorilla trekking in Rwanda offers hiking in the Virunga Mountains, boating on Lake Kivu, and exploring the culture of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Without a doubt, the real action of this ecotour happens at Volcanoes National Park. There, travelers will, “Encounter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world on a Gondwana EcoTours trek into the lush forests of Rwanda, home to hundreds of species of birds and numerous waterfalls.” A professional guide will lead guests on a hike through the park, until they reach a habituated mountain gorilla family. Read more about gorilla trekking in Rwanda, and what it’s like to see mountain gorillas in the wild.
When Is The Gorilla Naming Ceremony In Rwanda?
The Gorilla Naming Ceremony, known as “Kwita Izina,” is an annual event in Rwanda that celebrates the country’s commitment to gorilla conservation. Held typically in June, this event brings together dignitaries, conservationists, and local communities to name newborn gorillas in a festive ceremony. The ceremony dates back to 2005 and has since become a significant cultural and conservation milestone. Each gorilla is given a name that carries symbolic meaning, reflecting Rwanda’s cultural heritage and its dedication to protecting these endangered animals. Kwita Izina showcases Rwanda’s efforts to conserve its natural heritage while also promoting sustainable tourism and community engagement. Through traditional music, dance performances, and storytelling, the ceremony highlights the importance of gorilla conservation and fosters a sense of pride and ownership among Rwandans in preserving their unique ecosystem.
Watch A Recent Gorilla Naming Ceremony:
Tips for Respecting Rwanda’s Culture While On Vacation In Rwanda
Though the mountain gorillas are the highlight of the trip, the rest of your days in Rwanda will be packed with cultural and natural activities. TheRwandan Genocide took place in the early 90’s and it is remarkable how the country has rebuilt and reclaimed their heritage. This has lead to a renewal of pride for Rwandans and their culture. To experience this first hand, guests will, “Trek through the trees and look out for elephants, buffalo and golden monkeys along the way,” visit a genocide museum and memorial in Kigali, visit a coffee plantation, learn how banana wine is made, and more! With these varied cultural and natural activities, there truly isn’t a dull moment on this trip.
- Cultural Sensitivity: Rwanda’s history, particularly the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, deeply influences its culture and society. While exploring the country, it’s essential to be sensitive to this history and avoid topics that may be distressing or controversial. Instead, engage in conversations that promote understanding and reconciliation, and consider visiting memorial sites to pay respects and learn about Rwanda’s journey towards healing and unity.
- Respectful Interaction: When interacting with Rwanda’s culture during gorilla trekking, it’s essential to approach local communities with respect. Rwanda values its cultural heritage deeply, so being mindful of local customs, traditions, and etiquette is crucial. Greet people warmly, use appropriate language, and seek permission before taking photographs.
- Community Engagement: Many gorilla trekking experiences in Rwanda involve interactions with local communities, as tourism initiatives often aim to benefit nearby villages. Engaging with these communities through cultural activities, such as traditional dances, craft demonstrations, or even homestays, can offer enriching insights into Rwandan life and foster positive relationships with locals.
- Language and Communication: Learning a few basic phrases in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s official language, can go a long way in fostering connections with locals. Even if English is widely spoken in tourist areas, making an effort to communicate in the local language shows respect and appreciation for Rwandan culture.
- Responsible Tourism: Respect for the environment and local customs is integral to responsible tourism in Rwanda. During gorilla trekking, follow designated trails, adhere to park regulations, and avoid littering. Additionally, supporting sustainable tourism initiatives and local businesses contributes to the preservation of Rwanda’s cultural and natural heritage.
Visit Rwanda with Gondwana Ecotours
Is this enough motivation to escape your desk job and visit Rwanda? We think that this trip “Beats staring at a computer screen any day.” From meals to transportation and activities, Gondwana sets up your vacation for success. With trips departing throughout the year, there is plenty of time to plan your next adventure. Join Gondwana Ecotours as we go gorilla trekking in Rwanda!