Nyakagezi Gorilla Group Return Home
We are delighted to announce that the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group, long-time residents of Mgahinga National Park, has just returned home from Rwanda!
There are a total of 80 mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, but the travelling Nyakagezi group are the only habituated group for tourism. Their recent arrival in the park before the [...]
Mr Potato Head; the Batwa and the Irish
Around Uganda the region of Kisoro is famous for one thing and one thing only: Irish. Sadly this does not mean the hillsides are teeming with fair-skinned Celts and that Colcannon replaces mashed matooke as the local stable starch. Instead Irish is the term used in Uganda to describe potatoes that are not sweet. The [...]
Our House (in the Middle of the Forest)
With the dance group now firmly established on the local cultural scene, the question arose as to where next for the VSPT and the Batwa. So naturally I thought they should turn their hands to construction. While they are not historically known for their buildings, there are no ruined Batwa cities in the jungles of [...]
The Sun Has Got His Hat On!
The weather in the mountains is changing. For most of the year the weather in the Virungas can be generously described as changeable, and it can be expected to rain at least 3 or 4 times a week. There, the climate here is most like my old university town of Bristol, only with more volcanoes, [...]
The Spectacular Summit of Sabyinyo
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 void. As if clawing my way to heaven, I followed the knife-edge path onward and upward through a sea of swirling white clouds to [...]
More Hot Chocolate? Yes, Please!
Recently two new members of the Volcanoes Team, Holly and Richard, took some much needed down time from the hustle and bustle of Kampala life and traveled to Mount Gahinga Lodge to climb the misty Sabinyo Volcano…
My first impression upon arriving to Mt. Gahinga Lodge was the breathtaking scenery. The lodge itself and the surrounding [...]