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…

What Is the Point of #IAmGorillaHighlands?

UPDATE, April 2019: The Gorilla Highlands Batwa Jamboree has been moved from Easter to Christmas 2019 (more here) Have you come here because the #IAmGorillaHighlands campaign has made you wonder? Good — and welcome! The Gorilla Highlands idea has always been about respectful and helpful tourism, with the Batwa “Pygmies” as one of the main…

After the Bootcamp: How to Make This Really Big?

After 22 people from 10 countries submitted their opinions, 20 people from 6 countries gathered at Lake Bunyonyi last week for the third Gorilla Highlands Bootcamp to bring it all together… This is the grand vision of the Gorilla Highlands Initiative growing into the Gorilla Highlands Society (GHS), a vision that can — and should — be…

A Story I Couldn’t Write

Four months after the birth of her son Lan, Isabelle Masozera is ready to officially show his chubby cheeks to the wider world, and share their unusual story. While some feel that delivery in Kampala or Kigali is risky already, she had a rather different idea… I had a decision to make … a life-altering…

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…

Book Your Easter 2019 for the Batwa Jamboree

UPDATE, April 2019: The jamboree has been moved from Easter to Christmas 2019 (more here) The Batwa community of Rwamahano and Edirisa through the Gorilla Highlands Initiative wish to announce the international event: Gorilla Highlands Batwa Jamboree taking place at: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda during Easter: 19-22 April 2019 The word jamboree means a large festive gathering and…