News & Accolades
Gondwana Ecotours In The Press
We’re a small travel company that takes pride in our handcrafted itineraries and we love creating connections between our travelers and people who live in the areas that we travel to. We’re humbled every time newspapers, magazines, and bloggers take notice and write about us and what we do. If you’re interested in reading more, you’ll find a selection of our clips and accolades below.
March 4, 2016
If you’ve never been to this magnificent river [the amazon] you need to grab your bros and go. On this one you will venture deep into the Rainforest to meet the indigenous Achuar tribe of the Ecuador. Contact with this tribe was only made in the 1970s, and their culture is more intact than most of the world’s tribes.
A major highlight of the intrepid journey is trekking into the Virunga Mountains to observe some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world. You’ll also track chimpanzee and golden monkeys with a conservationist; boat on Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes; visit nearby hot springs; and take guided hikes through Nyungwe Forest National Park. Back in the city, you’ll be able to explore the capital of Kigali, considered one of Africa’s cleanest and safest urban areas, where they’ll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
February 19, 2016
Guests will track chimpanzee and golden monkeys with a conservationist, explore Lake Kivu by boat, visit hot springs, and take guided hikes through Nyungwe Forest National Park. Travellers will also explore the capital city of Kigali, considered one of Africa’s cleanest and safest urban areas, where they will visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
February 13, 2016
Gondwana Ecotours, founded by Jared Sternberg in 2013 when he was a law student at Tulane, has added Rwanda to its list of destinations. A highlight of the eight-day tour, departing from Kigali, is a trek into the jungle to view mountain gorillas, who live in a tropical rain forest in the Virunga Mountains.
Februrary 11, 2016
Have you ever wanted to go trekking with gorillas in Rwanda or experience the midnight sun in Norway’s Lofoten Islands? What about if you could do it all in a sustainable, adventurous fashion? Gondwana aims to bring people from different continents closer together one trip at a time. The company is named after the more southerly of two supercontinents that were part of the Pangaea supercontinent, when all the continents were together and the world was one.
February 4, 2016
esides tracking the rare gorillas, travelers will search for chimpanzees and golden monkeys. All hikes are led by gorilla conservationists. Travelers also will visit Kigali, capital of Rwanda, explore massive Lake Kivu by boat, soak in the Kivu Hot Springs and take guided hikes through Nyungwe Forest.
January 23, 2016
Gondwana founder and president Jared Sternberg was interviewed to explain how he came up with his business name. Read about it here.
January 12, 2016
“For nature lovers, few things can compare to the experience of seeing
mountain gorillas in the wild,” writes Phil Marty for the Chicago Tribune and adds that there are fewer than 900 left in the world. To read the full write-up about Gondwana’s Rwanda tour, visit the Chicago Tribune.
January 8, 2016
Jim Dobson writes, “Rwanda – Encounter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world by trekking into the lush forests of Rwanda, home to hundreds of species of birds and numerous waterfalls. Explore Kigali, one of Africa’s cleanest, safest, and most progressive cities, and visit the important genocide memorial. Track chimpanzees and the beautiful golden monkey, and keep an eye out for elephants and buffalo. Enjoy a boat ride on the massive Lake Kivu, spend time relaxing on the beach, and enjoy some of the world’s best coffee.”
Our Rwanda trip was also covered in Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel January 12, 2016.
April 22, 2016
Epicure & Culture, an online magazine for ‘the ethical traveler’ was kind enough to include Gondwana Ecotours in a feature titled “Eco-Conscious On The Road: Amazing Travel Companies That Can Help You To Save The Planet.” Judi Zienchuk writes about our “mission to maintain an environmental and cultural focus while providing the vacation of a lifetime, and are a Green America Certified Business, which means they have been certified by a committee which examines their social and environmental values and contributions. They have offset over 130 tons of carbon for their travelers’ flights through Carbon Fund, a non-profit organization that calculates the carbon footprint of businesses and the cost of offsetting it through initiatives like tree planting. In addition, Gondwana also books locally owned hotels and B&Bs and keeps environmental education central in their trips.”
January 14, 2014
The Active Times featured our Yoga Ecotour to Ecuador among its Top Adventure Travel Trips for 2014. In addition to writing about the trip, Lesli Peterson noted, “the founder, Jared Sternberg, was selected as a finalist for the People and Planet Green Business Award for his devotion to sustainable adventure travel.” If you want to read the article, we’re featured on slide 12.
March 7, 2014
As avid travelers we naturally love everything they do at the Matador Network. Photographer Scott Sporleder joined one of our Northern Lights trips and returned with some incredible photos that captures the experience.