Behind the Scenes of the Groundbreaking Pocket Guide

May 2019 will go down in the history of the Gorilla Highlands initiative as the month when we moved from (bi)annual publication of our #1 product, the Pocket Guide, to quarterly editions. Download the latest Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide(May 2019; 8 MB) It’s hard to overstate the magnitude of this change. The booklet used to…

Fearless Batwa “Pygmies” Begin to Learn English

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 with the Gorilla Highlands Batwa Jamboree that they are co-organising (April 2019…

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…

Behind the Scenes of Our Social Media Photo Month

June will be a month to savour on the Gorilla Highlands social media: each day will feature a richly explained photo moment from the heartbeat of Uganda and Rwanda. No matter whether you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, you will find them under the #PulseofUgandaRwanda hashtag. Be social, our friends, and spread…

People of the Gorilla Highlands Are Characters

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 statement has defined my experience. And so, the only way I can…

9 Observations of Kigali, Rwanda, by an Expert Africa Amateur

Hello to all, my name is Anika Utke. I am an eighteen year old American and the newest addition to the Gorilla Highlands team. My life one year ago is unrecognizable from my life today. I was a kid in high school that had never been out of the country before and was spending countless…

Innovation: Budget Family Travel in Uganda & Rwanda

The Gorilla Highlands Team is co-hosting #Africhat, a monthly gathering on Twitter that will take place between 7:30 and 8pm this evening (Uganda time). The topic: Family Travel in Africa. The occasion calls for us to share our recent pioneering experience with budget family travel in our region… At the end of December 2015 an…

The Man with Answers (Volunteer Life Part V)

I only had three months… What can you even do with that amount of time? Some people who stay in great resorts and love spotless bathrooms with food service might have a hard time. The scrappy, adventurous and enduring backpacker will say that it just isn’t enough. It seems that I’ve been thrown to the…