Tag Archives: Staff Stories

Summit of Mount Sabinyo, one of the Virunga volcanoes, accessible from Mount Gahinga and Virunga Lodges
June 6, 2012

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…

October 4, 2012

Saying Goodbye to the Gorillas

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 based in Washington, D.C. I decided to make my final trek in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with Dr. Fred Nizeyimana, the head Ugandan veterinarian of the…

More Hot Chocolate
May 8, 2012

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…

September 3, 2012

Akagera’s Top Experiences

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 density of wildlife these other parks boast, its dearth of tourists mean that those who do visit can experience the wilderness in near solitude. No convoys…

August 6, 2012

Africa’s Forgotten Savannah Park

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 lakes with the hippos and crocodiles. Even Mutware, the infamous solitary male with a penchant for interacting with…

May 3, 2012

Berlusconi! Berlusconi! I Hear it…

My hotel room has a tiny TV that I keep thinking is more for decoration than for anything else. Last night I finally managed to turn it on after several (pathetic) attempts. Mmm…let’s see, there was some sort of French documentary, a Rwandese news channel and on the last available channel…mmm….Berlusconi?! Yes, Berlusconi. Being Italian…