Gorilla Highlands Media

Pocket Guide

The Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide is a free paper booklet on 56 pages intended to open up southwestern Uganda and northern Rwanda. Attractive and packed with essential travel information (including 13 pages of classified and full-page ads), the Pocket Guide is an invitation to explore a too often underestimated region.

The fifth edition of the Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide was published on 31 July 2017 in 10,000 copies. Download it here (10 MB).


Miha Logar: copy writing and editing
Yakub Ibrahim: graphic design
Anika Utke: classifieds, proofreading


Alexandra Elderfield: 43 (Echuya crossing, Lake Mutanda jumpers)
Anika Utke: 2 (canoe)
Blasio Byekwaso: 30, 36 (Kisoro), 43 (dinner)
Ciril Jazbec: 16
Dejan Praper: 7 (Valley of No Living)
Enock Luyonza: 25 (winner), 47 (motos)
Georg Schaumberger: 7 (Three Upland Lakes, Rainforest Ramble), 17,
Henriette Faye-Schjøll: 7 (Volcano Quest)
Herve IR: 3
Illume Photography: 12-13
Janez Novak: 47 (elephants)
Jiro Ose: 50
Laura Rosebailey: 43 (Lake Kayumbu island)
Lily Whittaker: 42
Marcus Westberg: 1, 2 (Bunyonyi and hikers), 7 (Ultimate Hike), 18-19, 20-21, 22-23, 24 (buffalo), 26-27, 29 (Culture on the Crest, Mama Bena’s Bonus, Mother of All Treks), 34, 36 (coffee producer), 37, 38, 40-41, 46 (Festo Karwemera), 51 (Tom Karemire)
Miha Logar: 7 (Thriving Countryside, Parks Reunited), 44 (Batwa Today)
Naomi Richards: 43 (chameleon)
Panos Karakitsos: 51 (tree house)
Samantha Butler: 43 (group descending to Bunyonyi)
Vincent Mugaba: 2 (dish), 25 (dishes, cooking)
Yakub Ibrahim: 32-33

2017 will be the first year to see two editions of the booklet. The Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide #6 will be out in December, including expanded coverage of Gisenyi and Kampala.

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Interactive eBook

Highlights page in the Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook

The award-winning Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook is a travel guide to southwestern Uganda offering practical information unavailable anywhere else. It is an astonishing combination of world-class photography, graphic design, illustration, audio, video and advice. At the same time, it is the most comprehensive book about the region, with 70% of its 391 pages devoted to impressively thorough articles covering nature, culture and history.

Lake Bunyonyi page in the Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook

“Stunning, colourful, localised, interactive, in-depth” is how the World Summit Award 2013 jury summarised the ebook, declaring it one of the five best global electronic products in the field of culture and tourism. For more information and the project’s background story please see the press release.

The video above demonstrates how the ebook looks on the iPad and gives you an idea of how you navigate through its incredibly rich four chapters: Introduction, Travel Guide, In-Depth Companion and Background Story.
Our Travel Guide covers everything a visitor would need to know about the region, including proposed itineraries and a 7-page audio phrasebook in two local languages. The In-Depth Companion expands on Nature and Society.

Interactive map in the Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook

The Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook is available on Apple’s iBookstore in over 50 countries, costing $14.99. The iBookstore presentation page provides a generous free sample but if you do not own a compatible device* please download the Info Pack 4 MB PDF for an easier download or 15 MB PDF for sharper images. An extension to other platforms is planned for 2016.

* The ebook is compatible with the iPad, iPhone and the Mac.

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