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Hotel Hopping with JG Black Book: An Inside Look at Our PR Team in Action

JG Black Book’s own Charlotte Pokoik recently visited the misty jungles of Rwanda and Uganda with Volcanoes Safaris, in the company of writers contributing to SmithsonianNational GeographicLuxury Travel AdvisorGlobe & Mail and Jetsetter. We sat down with Charlotte to get the inside scoop on the best of Volcanoes Safaris – read her answers below!

What’s the scoop? “Bwindi Lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest just unveiled its refurbishment. We loved the vibrant colors, patterns and traditionally Ugandan fabrics in the eight ‘bandas’ (guestrooms) and all guest spaces including the freshly redesigned relaxing lounge with panoramic views over the forest canopy. We’re excited that a ‘Forest Spa’ is also coming soon to Bwindi Lodge for the ultimate R&R in the jungle.”

The highlight was…“being woken up to an alarm of sweet singing and fresh hot Ugandan coffee at my door every morning! And of course our gorilla tracking experience. After two hours of trekking through the mud and steep terrain of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest we finally reached our gorilla family. We couldn’t take our eyes off the babies! It was the fastest hour of my life.”

Sweet spot for a sundowner: “Virunga Lodge in Rwanda was our first stop on the trip and the lodge has some of Africa’s finest views. Before dinner, we watched the sun go down from the terrace overlooking the dramatic twin lakes and the magical volcanoes.”

Quote of the trip:Sitting in silence on the cold ground of a Ugandan forest for 60 minutes might be one of life’s greatest privileges.” – Hillary Richard in National Geographic

Did you know? “$100 of every booking with Volcanoes Safaris goes directly to the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust which is a non-profit organisation that connects Volcanoes’ Rwanda and Uganda luxury lodges to the neighbouring communities and conservation activities.”


Take a look at the coverage produced as a result of the press trip:

Hillary Richard for Globe & Mail: Gorillas in Our Midst

Jennifer Billock for Smithsonian: A Visit to the House of the Mountain Gorillas

Hillary Richard for National Geographic: 5 Reasons You Need to See Gorillas in Uganda

Melissa Klurman for Luxury Travel Advisor: How To: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Lindsay Olander for Jetsetter: 5 New Jungle Lodges Worth the Trek