Fearless Batwa “Pygmies” Begin to Learn English

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Norah (see the video above) was one of the 10 Batwa “Pygmies” of Rwamahano who got a Batwa Community English Class certificate at Edirisa today. In other words, they completed an introduction to the English language to help them with their guiding and…

Book Your Easter 2019 for the Batwa Jamboree

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog UPDATE, April 2019: The jamboree has been moved from Easter to Christmas 2019 (more here) The Batwa community of Rwamahano and Edirisa through the Gorilla Highlands Initiative wish to announce the international event: Gorilla Highlands Batwa Jamboree taking place at: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda during Easter:…

How to Support Kigali’s “Historically Marginalised People”

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog At first sight, the nursery beds and tiny cactuses in painted pots by the roadside look unremarkable. As in any other East African city, the residents of Kigali can conveniently buy decorative plants and earthenware straight from their cars. But the gentlemen who…

What Powerful Simple Thing Do Indigenous People Crave?

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Dear reader, allow us to transform your mind into a supersonic airplane and fly you to the remote areas of a continent of your choice: Africa, America or Australia. No matter which one you opt for, sooner or later you will land near…

Progress in Pride and Self-Consciousness

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog What a coincidence! On the ridge separating the bamboo of Echuya Forest Reserve from hazy views of Lake Bunyonyi, five tents were pitched that early February morning. A laptop lit up one of them. And then the email came; from Riesstraße 25 in…

Revolutionary Ideas by Batwa “Pygmies”

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Every New Year’s Day, a few hours after Edirisa’s traditional dugout canoe celebrations, we sit down with representatives from two Batwa communities. With some heads possibly still heavy, it may seem less than perfect time for an annual meeting, but it is close…

People of the Gorilla Highlands Are Characters

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Before my arrival to volunteer in Rwanda and Uganda there seemed to be one phrase that I was told that hung over me: The people of the Gorilla Highlands are characters. I didn’t know quite what this meant at the time, but now this one…