Gorilla Highlands
Gorilla Highlands
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Gorilla Highlands Ltd is a tour company that operates in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The name “Gorilla Highlands” comes from the unique selling point of the transboundary region, however, we go far beyond primates. We wish to open this fascinating area to travellers with interest in responsible tourism (ecotourism/sustainable tourism). We want respectful travel to benefit local communities as much as possible while conserving the natural and cultural environment.
Kabale, Uganda

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damijan s
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I was looking for a safe and reputable agency in Western Uganda and somebody recommended me The Gorilla Highlights. I decided to go with them and had a realy good time. They took me to many authentic places and showed me the pristine culture of this country. Great food, authenthic acommodation, super guides with a great knowledge of the local culture, I would recommend it to everyone.
Written December 16, 2020
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Lisa S
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Jan 2020 • Family
My daughter found the tour by Gorilla Highlands, the Mother of all Trips, I think it's called. It was fabulous, from the extremely scenic and interesting drive from the Rwandan airport, to the stay at the lodge on Lake Bunyoni, to the canoe ride down the lake, to the hikes around the homes of the families we stayed with. They shared their homes and the way they lived. They gave us tents and sleeping bags and set everything up and fed us and that was so fun. We enjoyed it so much we kept on coming back to Gorilla Highlands for more because they didn't show us the typical high-end-hotel Western gloss, we got in with the people and went to places we've never have gone by ourselves. It was fabulous and I want to do it again!
Written December 6, 2020
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SebaS
Ljubljana, Slovenia6 contributions
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Dec 2019
Lake Bunyonyi experience in something all visitors to Uganda should do. With Gorilla Highlands of course : ) They are a very professional, organised and dedicated team with lots of knowledge and local expertise. All of them are strongly connected and involved with a local community and this is what it makes the experience so special.
It should be a must do experience for every traveller seeking something more than just gorilla/chimp trekking.
I recommend Mother of All Treks experience but if hiking is not your cup of tea or you don't have enough time just choose something that suits you. They are flexible.
Written November 25, 2020
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Jan Bakker
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia3 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
I had a great time exploring the lakes and Virunga volcanoes with Gorilla Highlands. We trekked from Lake Bunyonyi to the foot of the majestic Mt Muhavura. An authentic experience with lots a friendly encounters and mindblowing views.
Written December 14, 2020
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Denunciar
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Jul 2013
There were 5 of us and we did the 2 day canoe trek. The price included accommodation at Edirisa the night before and the night after, all activities on the tour and all food, all of which was delicious and there was lots of it! The price was excellent value for money especially compared to a safari we'd done the weekend before! There isn't much wildlife in the lake due to the volcanic rock but the place itself is beautiful. Our guides were friendly an very knowledgable about the islands and lake. There were 2 guides and 2 canoe men and a luggage canoe so even if you have no experience canoeing you can get around well! The trek to the summit of the hill is challenging if you're not used to trekking but the guides go at your pace stopping when you need and the view from the top is definitely worth it. The trek also included camping (kit provided by Edirisa) and a meal at the house of a local family, which we felt very privileged to be welcomed into. We also met a Pygmy tribe and passed through local villages where you could buy crafts and were treated to dancing. The trip packed an awful lot in and we really felt like we had experienced the community around the lake we loved it.
Written August 4, 2013
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Matthew H
Kampala, Uganda2 contributions
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May 2015 • Family
fantastic, authentic East African experience conoeing in a dug out conoe (as much or as little as we liked), great local insight from a knowledgeable, fun guide. We choose to overnight at Mama Bena's and the beautiful and serious hike back. Were able to see some very out of the way communities and meet the local folks which we loved. The people at Edirisa are super accomidating and took exceptional care of us.Carament and Owen where two of our local guides who were super. Don't miss this one.
Written May 7, 2015
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katica a
Hue, Vietnam18 contributions
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Oct 2020
I recommend Gorilla Highlands Tours wholeheartedly! Everything was well organised and just the way we (3 girls) wanted it, done in a very comfortable car.
The driver picked us up at Entebbe Airport and we went directly to Lake Bunyonyi. On the way there we stopped for breakfast and took some pictures on the equator line, it was really nice. When we arrived at Edirisa on Lake Bunyonyi, we took some rest and enjoyed the quiet ambient.
On the second day we took a trip to the nursery school, the herbalist and the craftmaker, it was very interesting. The following day we enjoyed dugout canoeing to Tom’s Island and slept there at his homestay. In the morning, on the way back from Tom’s, we stopped to see a health centre with Slovenian volunteer doctors.
Then in Kisoro we did a coffee tour and the big point of Uganda: GORILLA TRACKING! That was amazing, we were mere metres away from gorillas and that was a really really special feeling!
The next day we were supposed to go see tree-climbing lions but on the way there we had to change the plan because the road was closed (too much rain the previous days). We had to improvise and the driver found us accomodation for the night somewhere on the way to Queen Elizabeth NP. We stopped in a small village near a river, got a really nice bungalow in nature and ate at a local restaurant where was dinner was really really cheap - local food.
We woke up early and pressed forward to QENP. When we reached it at last, we first found some accomodation inside the park, then went for a game drive-safari. We ended up staying in the park for 2 nights, and it was also amazing - the first night we heard a fight between animals on the lake nearby...
From QENP we moved to the capital Kampala for a night, visited the mosque and an local market. Last night we spent in Entebbe. Our driver lived there and he invited us to eat a meal at his home. His wife cooks really good, and children put on a show for us, they singed and danced.
From Uganda we flew directly to Zanzibar to end with a few days of relaxed beach holidays…
Written March 28, 2021
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Isa B
Copenhagen, Denmark60 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Family
We did the 3 days canoe tour in February 2015 and we had a really good time. The trip is an excellent combination of canoeing and trekking and the staying with local families was a great experience. We are a family of 4, kids 8 and 10 years, and the trip was great both for adults and kids. The trek was a bit tough but the kids managed fine (they are used to traveling). As there are "canoe boys" paddling the canoes together with you it is not too tough for them either. At the homestays they loved playing with the local kids and the livestock. At night we slept very well and had great evenings at the camp fire. I would recommend doing the longer trips. Only bad things were, that we got to the school on a Saturday (where there were no kids, we had requested those dates ourselves, so Edirisa was not to blame for this), and that we could not go to the Batwa village, because they were mourning. Also we should have brought rainwear, do not forget that as it often rains and Edirisa do not have rainwear to lend.
Written September 17, 2015
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S M
Washington DC, DC43 contributions
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Dec 2023 • Family
Miha and the Gorilla Highlands team helped me plan and execute a bucket-list trip for my family over Christmas and New Years. Our itinerary was fifteen days in Rwanda and Uganda, and it covered so much. I chose the company on the recommendation of a friend and after reading of their dedication to providing thoughtful tourism to benefit local communities and environments. They lived up (and surpassed) every expectation.

Miha did then majority of the heavy lifting on communicating with us and was very responsive to our needs. Allen did an excellent job obtaining our gorilla permits for Volcanoes National Park. The early efforts in planning paid off on a well-executed trip. All of our lodging fit our family of four, offering beautiful views, good food, and comfortable, safe accommodation.

During three days in Kigali, we experienced a food tour highlighting Rwandan street food and its influences, and enjoyed the walking tour through the history of Kigali with Cedric. The visit to the genocide museum was incredibly moving - a respectful honoring of the victims from Kigali paired with an education to help see the warning signs for cultures at risk. Our time in Kigali not only helped us cage to the time zone, but gave us context for what we would experience throughout the trip.

Olivier picked us up on the fourth day and was with us most of the way as a driver and guide. He was our guide for two days biking on the Congo-Nile trail, and our transportation and local expert all along the way - at Nyungwe National Park, where we trekked for Colobus Monkeys and enjoyed the amazing canopy walk; in Musanze, where we visited Volcanoes National Park and the Highland Gorillas; and in south-western Uganda where we visited a coffee plantation and a local Batwa community. He took a break while we hiked and canoed on and around Lake Bunyonyi. Olivier was personable, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. He navigated our border crossings with no issues, and every where we went, he knew people and solved the few problems we encountered with ease.

While we were biking, James took over as the driver of our support vehicle, and he was on the spot - providing shelter from a downpour and making sure all our belongings made it to the next hotel. The bikes were in excellent condition and included helmets.

In Uganda, Owen provided excellent guiding and translation as we met with the Batwa community. His expertise helped us have a meaningful cultural exchange without any missteps.

We spent two days with Arthur canoeing and hiking around Lake Bunyonyi. Arthur's local knowledge and interactions at each stop - a village bar to try sorghum ale; an herbalist; a master crafter - enriched our experienced and helped us understand the local culture. His hiking expertise and abilities to handle kids (and middle-aged adults) enabled us to successfully complete the almost 12 mile hike around the lake and climb the hill to visit Mama Bene (even if we couldn't stay long). If you do any of the treks around Lake Bunyonyi, bring walking sticks.

New Year's at Tom's Homestay was a highlight. Tom and his wife made us feel truly at home. The stars were amazing, and Tom's family and the Gorilla Highlands team went all out to make sure we enjoyed our New Year's Eve celebration.
Written January 6, 2024
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Marko C
Ljubljana, Slovenia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Great experience, proffesional guide and driver,we see all and more what was in program, Olivier is a great guide, we travel circle Rwanda and Uganda Akagera, QuinElizabeth, Bwindi, Bunyonyi-Edirisa, Kivu lake, Kigali
Written February 17, 2023
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