Molly Feltner is an award-winning writer and photographer dedicated to telling stories about conservation and the natural world. With 10 years of experience as a travel writer with a specialization in adventure and eco-tourism, Molly believes that tourism, when properly managed, can help save endangered species and threatened landscapes. Her articles and photographs have been published in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Magazine, USAToday.com, BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.
In 2009, Molly moved to Rwanda to help publicize the work of conservation-based nonprofits through writing, photography, video, and media outreach. She later joined the staff of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) as the organization’s communications officer. Her work with MGVP in Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC has given her a unique perspective into the lives of the mountain gorillas and the conservation efforts underway to protect them.
Molly now divides her time between the U.S. and Africa and continues to work for MGVP while also pursuing freelance writing and photography projects. When in Rwanda, Molly and her friends always make the effort to spend an afternoon enjoying massages and wine at Volcanoes Safari’s Virunga Lodge, which has one of the most stunning views on the planet.
4 October 2012
The day had finally arrived—my last gorilla trek, at least for the foreseeable future. After three-and-a-half years working in Central Africa, I’m moving on to a new job bas...
3 September 2012
Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s hidden gem, only receives a fraction of the number of visitors that famous safari parks like Massai Mara or Kruger see. While Akagera lacks the den...
6 August 2012
We had been in the Akagera park in Rwanda for a day and a half and still had no elephant sightings. They weren’t up on the high savannah with the buffalo and zebra or down by the ...
25 July 2012
At the Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village near Kinigi, Rwanda, 12 young men wearing blue loincloths and brightly colored beaded sashes leap into the air and swing their heads up and down, their...
12 July 2012
In 1988, when I was 8 years old, my father brought my sister and I to see the movie Gorillas in the Mist which told the story of Dian Fossey’s life struggle to protect R...
2 July 2012
In my last blog, I highlighted five essential items every traveler needs to bring on a trip to Uganda and Rwanda. This time, I’d like to share five things I always bring that help...
20 June 2012
Every time I head to the airport to catch a flight to Africa I have a moment of panic, thinking of all the things I might not have packed. Did I remember my good rain jacket? Do I...
6 June 2012
Carefully placing each hand and foot, I moved slowly but deliberately up the handmade ladders nailed into the 60-degree mountain slope. On both sides, the ridge fell off into a white vo...
4 May 2012
With my muscles still aching from the steep climb to reach the Susa gorilla family two days earlier, I walked into the Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi, Rwanda, to sign in...