Entries tagged: Rwanda Week

Kwita Izina - Rwanda's Annual Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Kwita Izina – Rwanda’s Annual Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. This incredible country has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today, we’re looking at Kwita Izina, an annual tradition in Rwanda to name baby gorillas.  In Rwanda there is a long-held tradition of naming a newly born baby soon after its birth. In 2005, the Government of Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board, and several conservation partners started the first Kwita Izina. It is now an annual tradition of naming the baby mountain gorillas born during the year. It’s […]

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Akagera National Park - Home to Rwanda's Lions

Akagera National Park – Home to Rwanda’s Lions

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling in Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Akagera National Park and its recent release of seven lions is another one of the country’s great successes!  Yesterday we looked at the Gishwati-Mukura National Park and the strides Rwanda is making towards conservation and regeneration of the rain forest. Today we’re taking a look at another national park in the process of rehabilitation. Akagera National Park Akagera National Park was once one of the […]

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Nyungwe Forest - A Primate Sanctuary

Nyungwe Forest – A Primate Sanctuary

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We are taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. This incredible country has undeniably become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today – Nyungwe Forest, a must-do for a primate safari. A visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park is a must for anyone looking for a well-rounded primate safari. The forest shelters over 25 percent of Africa’s primate species in its lush forest canopies. Believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, its 370 square miles of mountainous rain forest, lush grassland, and swamps create habitats […]

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Regenerating the Gishwati Forest

Regenerating the Gishwati Forest

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling in Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Among its great successes – establishing the Gishwati Forest and Mukura Forest as a joint national park. The Gishwati Forest was once part of a large system of rain forests that stretched through the middle of Africa, connecting the rain-forests of the Congo and Nyungwe Forest. It was a thriving and rich biodiverse area and a remarkable habitat for wildlife. After the terrors of the genocide […]

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Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. Today, it’s all about Rwanda gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park – the country’s biggest tourism draw. Each year Rwanda draws thousands of visitors to Volcanoes National Park to see the gorillas at home in the mountains. The park is home to half of the world’s wild gorilla population. It is also where legendary primatologist Dian Fossey spent 20 years studying these gorillas. For the lucky few who are fortunate to snag one of the tracking permits dispersed by […]

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Lake Kivu, Rwanda's Best-Kept Secret

Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s Best-Kept Secret

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today we are taking a look at Lake Kivu, one of Rwanda’s best kept secrets. Lake Kivu is one of the African great lakes and one of Rwanda’s best kept secrets. It’s part of a string of freshwater lakes in Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Shifting rifts in the volcanic area contribute to the significant depth of Lake Kivu, which is the world’s 18th deepest lake. […]

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Top 5 Things to Do in Kigali

Top 5 Things to Do in Kigali

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories.Today, we’re looking at our top things to do in Kigali. While the focus of tourism in Rwanda is placed on trekking gorillas and seeing chimpanzees, Kigali has some fascinating things to do as well. Here are our top 5 things to do in Kigali. 1. Visit the Kigali Memorial Center Plan to dedicate half a day exploring the memorial center, which commemorates the Rwandan genocide […]

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Turkish Airlines Flights to Rwanda Will Have You Exploring the Land of a Thousand Hills in Under 24 Hours

Turkish Airlines Flights to Rwanda Will Have You Exploring the Land of a Thousand Hills in Under 24 Hours

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of Rwanda travel and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. We’re continuing our series by taking a look at flights to Rwanda. So you’ve decided to book your journey to Rwanda. Congratulations! Now let’s talk about flights to Rwanda. It’s pretty easy to get there from the United States. With Turkish Air, you’ll be there in under 24 hours. From the USA you have an easy connection in Istanbul before continuing onto Kigali. Or, if you […]

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Rwanda Travel - Is it safe?

Rwanda Travel – Is it safe?

It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of Rwanda travel. The incredible country is one of Africa’s greatest success stories. The Land of a Thousand Hills The Rwanda of today is a much different country than it was just twenty years ago. While it’s hard to talk about Rwanda without thinking about the terrible genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, it’s hardly the thing that currently defines the country. In the face of tragedy, the country and her people have quickly turned itself and the world’s perception of it around […]

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Top Ten Things to Do in Rwanda

Top Ten Things to Do in Rwanda

One of Ker & Downey’s Africa specialists Sara Kramer just returned from a three-week trip to Tanzania and Rwanda where she trekked mountain gorillas and got to know some of the locals. Here are her top ten things to do in Rwanda. Add them to your next journey! 10. Visit Rwanda’s Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village and try your hand at making Sorghum flour. The Iby’lwacu Cultural Village was set up as a way to curb poaching and increase conservation efforts by providing a way for ex-poachers to make an income and support their families. A visit to the village offers a […]

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