About the Gorilla Highlands Initiative

Gathering of the initiative’s supporters at Cephas Inn, Kabale, during Gorilla Highlands Silverchef 2016

Started in 2011, the Gorilla Highlands Initiative has been using tourism as a tool of economic and social development. We are marketing a region consisting of Rwanda, Uganda and the DR Congo (upcoming). Our mission is to successfully brand and promote this area in a manner that brings an increase in responsible, sustainable and culturally sensitive tourism. We put particular stress on tourism helping the bottom-of-the-pyramid inhabitants of the region, in terms of both income and self-respect.

We are an informal collaboration initiated by Edirisa, a social enterprise from Lake Bunyonyi, and open to anyone. Numerous private and government partners have supported us by advertising in our media, sending participants to our events, providing complimentary services/discounts for fam trips, funding our activities, and more. Based on their feedback, a process of growing into the Gorilla Highlands Society is under way.

Our most well-known product is the Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide, a paper booklet published in 10,000 copies. Our main annual gatherings are the Gorilla Highlands Silverchef, a regional cooking competition and networking event, and the Gorilla Highlands Bootcamp, meant to introduce junior staff of our partners to the initiative.

Learn more from the five presentation sheets below:

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