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…

Hot Hot Kampala (Volunteer Life Part IV)

After many weeks of taking in the peaceful sanctuary of Lake Bunyonyi it was time to leave the nest… Just for a week though. I realised that I was getting very settled in with the region I’d been living in, and that I should experience more of Uganda. Katarina, my co-volunteer from Austria, was planning…

Hilarious Arrival (Volunteer Life Part III)

It was hilarious to arrive at Lake Bunyonyi. I got out of the car around 10pm, and came down the large, stone steps with just a flashlight on my phone. It seemed like all there was to this place was a fairly big building for dinner, a kitchen, and some dorms. It was really dark…

From Squirrel to Unicorn (Volunteer Life Part II)

When I arrived in East Africa on KLM airlines, I was excited/nervous/curious and really, really tired. I flew in with another student from my Carpe Diem gap year program, who was also going to volunteer in Uganda, at a special needs education centre. The interesting part about our situation of arrival was that we landed…