Category Archive: Africa

Jun 30

Get ready for the Kwita Izina gorilla naming celebrations in Kinigi, Rwanda with vEcotourism.org

Ian guides you through and access-all-area tour of Kwita Izina 2013

On 1st July 2014 Rwanda will host the tenth annual ‘Kwita Izina’, a gorilla naming ceremony for each born in the Volcanoes National Park during the year! This year, if you are not able to attend, take a guided virtual tour (vEcotour) with primate expert Ian Redmond during last year’s event when he was given …

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Jun 18

Get up close and personal with wild red colobus monkeys on Zanzibar

Jozani Forest, Zanzibar © vEcotourism.org / Ian Redmond

vEcotourism ambassador Ian Redmond recently touched down on the beautiful island of Zanzibar for a 24-hour whirlwind visit. Trekking through the island Ian encountered various interesting landscapes which vEcotourism will shortly be shaping into a full-fledged multi-pano, multi-hotspot vEcotour. As a taster, we have put together a quick vEcotour of Jozani Forest in Zanzibar’s only …

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Jun 11

vEcotourism engages with Ugandan students at Makerere University

Makere University students get a taste of vEcotourism with Mark O!

Ugandan vEco blogger and photographer, Mark Olokotum (a.k.a. Mark O!), broke new ground this past Friday, June 6th, as he introduced students of the Department of Biological Sciences at Makerere University, Uganda, to the wonders and possibilities of vEcotourism. Introduced by vEco Tour Guide and Content Developer, Jackson Efitre, Mark O dazzled the group with …

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May 28

What would you say if given the chance to talk to the world for 15 minutes? – TEDx talk by Ian Redmond

vEcotourism ambassador and great ape expert, Ian Redmond was recently invited to give a TEDx talk at Southampton University.  After the event, Ian explained to vEco how he felt about this unique and exciting experience: What would you say if given the chance to talk to the world for 15 minutes? I’ve been a fan of TED talks – …

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Apr 11

Scrambling up the Albertine Escarpment, Uganda

Today we are travelling to the Albertine Graben region in the East African Rift Valley. I visited this area to perform an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Chinese oil giant, CNOOC, as the Rift Valley is thought to contain large amounts of natural gas and oil. To access the site I had to climb …

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Mar 21

Experience the roar of the magnificent Murchison Falls, Uganda

Murchison Falls

In December 2013 I travelled to the remarkable Murchison Falls, also known as Kabalega Falls, in north west Uganda. Located within Uganda’s largest protected area, the Murchison Falls National Park, the area is characterised by green, pristine vegetation scattered with diverse wildlife. You can join me on my travels through this vEcotour; experience the thunderous …

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Feb 17

vEco’s gift to you: the view of a lifetime!

© Ian Redmond

To say thank you for the enthusiastic reception and all the fantastic feedback that vEcotourism.org has recently received, we wanted to give something back! Just like vEco Ambassador Ian Redmond, you too can enjoy the spectacular view over the hills on the southern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Simply click on the image or links below …

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Feb 13

Presenting vEco’s first blogger: Mark O!

My name is Mark Olokotum alias Mark O! I am the main photographer and tour guide for vEcotourism.org in Uganda, and will be bringing vEco content from East Africa as well as presenting vEco materials to local communities. I invite you to “Be part of the conversation and conservation”! I hold a BSc in Fisheries …

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Feb 10

Experience the fascinating world of the Susa gorilla group in Rwanda, guided by great ape expert Ian Redmond

Sidle up to one of our world’s greatest living wonders: a group of mighty mountain gorillas browsing and playing in their natural habitat on Mount Karisimbi, Rwanda. Our latest vEcotour features 360 degree images, ambient background sounds, and embedded videos, all captured by our vEco Ambassador and great ape expert, Ian Redmond. Mount Karisimbi, a …

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Feb 04

Mobile Clinic arrival marks a special day for the Kibale Health and Conservation Project, Uganda

Today represents a fantastic result for vEcotourism Project Advisors Dr.’s Colin and Lauren Chapman; a long-awaited mobile clinic van for Kibale National Park has finally arrived in Uganda. The Kibale Health and Conservation Project, founded by the couple, works to to provide health care to the local communities surrounding Kibale National Park as well as …

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