Power Wellness: Never Underestimate Things You Haven’t Tried

Do you know that your life is a gift and that your feelings are valuable? Can you concentrate your heart and mind and take a weekend off, just for yourself? These are the essential requirements for Anina, an intuitive healer from the European Union, to help you find who you really are… Anina does not…

Living to Eat: Digesting Our First Food Tour

“Do we eat to live — or do we live to eat?” we asked ourselves as we sat down at the veranda last Saturday. Awaiting lunch at the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel in Musanze, we were embarking on a daring new Gorilla Highlands chapter… Half a year after we began working on Local Experiences, here…

Confessions: How an Anina Experience Changed My Life

It was two years after I won at Miss Tourism and I appeared to be doing pretty well. But the result had turned my life upside down… Yes, I had found my calling in the tourism business and was receiving invitations to beauty pageants from around the world — but emotionally, I was a mess….

Tribute to Omugurusi Karwemera, the Icon of Western Uganda

UPDATE, OCTOBER 2020: Karwemera’s Bakiga museum in Kabale town is currently not accessible, unless you make arrangements with the family. Since Kwanzi/Grace Villa pulled out in August, a new tenant is being sought. Festo Karwemera was a teacher right to the end of his remarkable life… People would come to his home on the outskirts…

Nyiragongo Volcano Hike: 9 Things to Know

UPDATE, MAY 2021: Nyiragongo has erupted, making hiking to its top impossible. Learn more on the Gorilla Highlands Experts blog. In December 2019 a Gorilla Highlands team member made it to the the world’s largest bubbling lava atop Mount Nyiragongo (3,470m/11,380ft) in Virunga National Park. She chose the Democratic Republic of Congo because of the…

Meet Best Chefs of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo

There’s magic in the air … and intoxicating smells … as sudden clouds of smoke appear and then disperse above workstations. Perhaps even some droplets of sweat trickle down under their hats… Four gentlemen and one lady are fighting for the right to be called the region’s best. It’s the afternoon shift of the 2019…