Why Tom’s Homestay Didn’t Win

Uganda’s Tourism Excellence Awards winners 2017 were declared last night at Sheraton in Kampala. Tom’s Homestay was sadly not among them. This was a blow to the Gorilla Highlands team that tried everything possible (see the video below) to make Tom get the award, and a disappointment for all of you who had voted for…

Why the Gorilla Highlands Society?

Update, December 2018: This post has been rewritten in light of the formation of the Gorilla Highlands Society Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo are all going to be successful countries and good neighbours one day. The history of Latin America, Asia and even Europe can hint at how the development stages go; it’s mostly a…

Tom Karemire, the Legend of Lake Bunyonyi

Earlier this month we told you how we were hosted, for the tenth consecutive time, by Tom on a remote island of Lake Bunyonyi. That was an amazing way to greet the new year but, you know what, Tom Karemire can make just any night special! If you are looking for a great family-friendly, culturally…

Building Traditions: New Year’s Eve Celebration on Habukomi Island

“How do local people celebrate New Year’s Eve?” visitors to the Gorilla Highlands often ask. Until 2007 there wasn’t much to say. The drumming that traditionally announces Christmas would get repeated to some degree, and that would be all. But now that we have awaited a new year on Habukomi Island ten years in a…

Kigali-Based and Professionalised

Five years ago, on 22 December 2011, the Gorilla Highlands initiative was first made public. We circulated a photocopied concept sheet at a Banyakigezi convention at White Horse Inn in Kabale stating: – the region had immense tourism potential but suffered from remoteness, insufficient travel information, excessive focus on gorillas and lack of branding – the…