20-Month Love Affair with Grauer’s Gorillas

Amy Porter’s relationship with animals is deep and intriguing. When she was a child, she would tell everyone that she “lived in a tree”. Years later, with an Anthropology PhD from University of California, Davis, and plentiful research experience with monkeys in South America under her belt, she went to the Democratic Republic of Congo……

Gorillas Are Not Everything We Can Offer

Bélancille Twizerimana’s path to a hotelier was unusual. She is a former teacher and banker who entered the tourism industry through a bakery. Today she runs two guest houses near Volcanoes National Park, a restaurant in Musanze and a campsite on Cyuza Island. Bélancille was born in Musanze to a very poor family. She was…

Charles Kalyango: Interview with an Intercultural Manager

If there’s anything the Gorilla Highlands region doesn’t have enough of, it is events. Special reasons to come back, to have fun, to celebrate. This Friday evening, BirdNest Resort – Lake Bunyonyi is doing something about it: there is going to be Corporate Dinner, 30/6/2017 from 7pm and at 40,000 shillings only. If there’s anything…

Rwanda Is an Interesting Experiment

Francis Tapon is a globetrotter, best-selling author, videographer and speaker. In December 2016 – January 2017 Francis and his wife Rejoice travelled through the Gorilla Highlands of Rwanda and Uganda, on a quest to visit all countries of Africa. Where does your love for Africa come from? Africa for me was just a piece of the puzzle and…

Annah Kyomukama, Star Craftmaker

Annah Kyomukama is one of the stars on the Gorilla Highlands Trails. There is hardly a trek that doesn’t include a visit to Annah for a practical lesson on craftmaking that often includes delicious local lunch. But most significantly, Annah is an example of a strong local woman. A widow and a mother of 10,…

Making a Difference with Photography

In early 2012 the Gorilla Highlands team faced a photography crisis. We were making an interactive ebook and felt dismay browsing through our photo libraries. We just didn’t have enough decent material. That’s when Marcus Westberg emailed us and presented himself as a Swedish photographer working for National Geographic’s News Watch. With his assistance the ebook ended…