“Guides were Amazing”

We had two big groups of hikers in the Lake Bunyonyi basin today, kicking off the second half of the high season. The Gorilla Highlands Trails of Uganda and Rwanda have been quite busy since June, abounding in canoeing, trekking and cultural experiences for adventurous people of all ages. We shall commence this half-season account…

Good Kind of Crazy: Volunteering and Hiking in Uganda and Rwanda

This has been an American year for the Gorilla Highlands team. The fourth US specialist volunteer of 2017, Benjamin Blayne Dawson from Florida, is flying home at this very moment, after volunteering in Uganda and Rwanda for two months. Benji B. has spent 90% of his time at Lake Bunyonyi, however, he has also visited…

1 Week of Hiking + Savannah – Jealousy = 29 Shots

Why would somebody opt for hiking through Africa? What is wrong with a good old motorised safari through Rwanda and Uganda? How can a walking safari be an improvement on that? It’s obvious: you get truly close to the nature and people of an area famous for its striking beauty and warm hospitality. The 29…

My Gorilla Trek with Way More Than Gorillas

Stefano Barazzetta and Marta Pirovano from Italy were the first people to enjoy Three Upland Lakes by themselves, outside of East African Playgrounds groups it was originally made for. Always a kind man, a year later Stefano wrote the following story for our blog… Strange enough, it all started in Prague. It was summer 2009, my…

Follow the Example of the Good People from Seattle

In April we asked future trekkers to send us their photos and fulfill the wish expressed by the host family at Lake Kayumbu. This is the first submission, already laser-printed on an A4 sheet, waiting to be delivered to Gerald and Jackline. Kirk and Shawn are bringing their daughters Casey and Cameron to Kenya, Rwanda…

Gorilla Trek Ends with … Of Course!

Like so many hikers before them, East African Playgrounds volunteers felt they wanted to stay at Mutanda Island Lodge on Gahiza Island for another day… Yet their program was tight. On Sunday, following four days of trekking that would warm them up at Lake Bunyonyi then lead them from Bunyonyi to Lakes Kayumbu and Mutanda and finally to the edge…