7 Practical Things about Rwanda’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony

Kwita Izina, the gorilla naming ceremony organised by Rwanda every year since 2005, has been attracting growing interest from abroad. What is it and how does the biggest conservation event of the Gorilla Highlands region actually look like? 1. You are not going to see any real gorillas at Kwita Izina It’s better we deal…

It’s a Breakthrough — Colourful News on Your Phone

It was an interesting creative challenge: How to make a newsletter that works nice on WhatsApp? And how to make it appealing in countries with low reading culture? It seems we have done it: Gorilla Highlands News #1 (WhatsApp edition) The email version of the newsletter is being sent out on Wednesday 20 June 2018… The…

People, People, People: Gorilla Highlands Bootcamp 2017

Last evening four determined people came back from the final Gorilla Highlands Bootcamp adventure: Mama Bena’s Bonus, a two-day canoe trek on Uganda’s Lake Bunyonyi. They proved to be the toughest of the 20 participants from 7 countries — or perhaps the ones lucky to have more time at their disposal? When you host the…

Farewell to Jeremiah Byarahugo, Our Beloved Traditional Healer

The last five years the vast majority of hikers on the Gorilla Highlands Trails began their cultural experience with a visit to Jeremiah Byarahugo. Last Saturday he again introduced two groups to the secrets of traditional healing, an East African Playgrounds team beginning a 4-day walking safari to Bwindi and some visitors from Kampala doing…

Rwanda’s Gorilla Fees Double in Epic Surprise to the Business

It was an interesting weekend for anyone working in Rwanda’s tourism. Gorilla permit fees doubled overnight, to eye-popping USD 1,500. Rwanda Development Board has been exemplary so far in terms of selling mountain gorilla tracking to the world. Their press release says that the increase is in line with the country’s high-end tourism strategy and…

Life-Saving Blood Straight from the Sky

What a handy coincidence! On Friday we talked about two different Africas and how drones could be used to supervise Sudanese people’s security. On the same day Rwanda launched the first commercial drone delivery service in the world, a more efficient way to supply medical centres. The most interesting part is that these robot airplanes…