Mgahinga Gorillas Get a Baby

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Cyizanie, a mountain gorilla belonging to the Nyakagezi group, gave birth yesterday. An American/Palestinian visitor Dina Tamimi had the privilege of witnessing the astonishing event, as you will see in her video below. The sex of the 11th Nyakagezi gorilla is yet to…

Lufthansa’s “Neighbor Gorilla”, Corrected

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog The Lufthansa magazine interview we mentioned in June has been translated into English for their website. It might be useful to ad some corrections and clarifications: – permits for gorilla tracking in Uganda cost USD 600 (or USD 450 in November and April/May) –…

Tom’s List

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Tom Karemire (72) has been a nightwatchman at the Gorilla Highlands HQ since forever. In 2014, to celebrate his decade of service, we fulfilled Tom’s big wish: he wanted to meet mountain gorillas. Early in the morning on Saturday 22 November 2014 Tom…

Lord of the Forest

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Saza Chief was a mature silverback in the late 1950s who led a group of two wives and two children. Baumgartel recorded his first sight: There he stood, the black colossus, the primeval monster, the personification of brute force. His back was silver…

Keeping Gorillas Healthy, or Not

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Concerns that humans may pass on diseases were one of the reasons that farmers and forest inhabitants were evicted from the parks. However, the chance of people passing on disease to primates is higher with non-locals who wouldn’t share the same immunities. The main…

How Gorillas Get Used to Humans

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog The process of habituating mountain gorillas to become used to humans is a long process and can take two years. It involves rangers going every day to a particular group and sitting with them making calming vocalisations and even pretending to eat leaves….

Where Gorillas Go to Rest

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Mountain gorilla nests are easily and quickly made; five minutes or less. On the ground it may be some piles of vegetation casually placed in a circle around the body; there is no manipulation of the materials. Tree nests are built where there…

Background Story: Batwa “Pygmies” for Children

Calendar of Activities, Discounts Treks, Tours, Experiences Izy’s Food & Travel Blog Wim Kok of Matoke Tours is well known for his creative ideas. Thinking of family travel in Uganda, he wondered how to engage children under 15 who are not allowed to track gorillas. Before his involvement with Matoke, Wim was a tour guide…