Mountain Gorillas of East Africa
Mountain gorillas of East Africa are living in four unique National Parks in Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC (the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Mountain gorillas of East Africa can be found in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. In Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in Parc National des Vulcans where research was led by well-known primatologist Dian Fossey. In the DRC, there are gorilla families living in Virunga National Park. Please check out our itineraries for Congo which will be conducted by our professional partners on the ground.
There are nine groups of habituated mountain gorillas of East africa in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and every day there are eight licenses accessible for each gathering. In case you’re searching for a more difficult gorilla trek, Bwindi is the place to go. The tropical woods are thicker than they are in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans or Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park. When you have left the base of the Uganda Wildlife Authority for your pre-trek instructions, it can take somewhere in the range of 3 to 10 hours to finish the trekking, because of the more extreme slopes. On the off chance that you remain at the hotels in the Buhoma territory north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you’ll have the capacity to get to five of the mountain gorilla families including the Rushegura, Mubare, Oruzogo, Habinyanja and Bitukura. On the off chance that you remain at Mount Gahinga Lodge or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, among others toward the south of Bwindi, you’ll have the opportunity to track one of four gorilla families: the Nshongi, Nkuringo, Mishaya and Kahunje.
The Mubare gorilla family
There are 7 individuals in this family and this incorporates one silverback. This is Uganda’s most established habituated gorilla family. It was first habituated in 1991 – 1993 and got its name from the Mubare slopes after first being spotted there. The gathering initially contained 12 individuals with silverback Ruhondeza driving the family. At a certain point in time, it developed to 18 individuals then later downsized to 7. This gathering is found 15 to 30 minutes from your convenience within Buhoma area.
The Oruzogo gorilla family
This family contains one silverback and 16 individuals. The gathering, which was given the name of a typical plant that develops locally, is found 2 hours away via auto or truck from your host hold up at Buhoma zone and 15 minutes from lodges around Ruhija zone.
The Habinyanja gorilla family
This family comes finish with 2 silverbacks and 15 relatives. This gathering was first habituated in 1997. It began off as a bigger gathering however then split into 2 isolate families: the Habinyanja Family and the Rushegura Family. These gorillas are found roughly an hour from your host stop with Buhoma part.
The Rushegura gorilla family
There are one silverback and 19 individuals in this family that chipped off from the Habinyanja gathering. They were named after a kind of tree called the ‘Ebishegura’ that develops in their neighbourhood living space and they are the nearest family to the Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma hold up, Gorilla timberland camp and Mahogany springs. The family makes their home roughly 15 minutes from it and they are a quiet family that regularly visit a few cabins around Buhoma area.
The Bitukura gorilla family
This family comprises of 4 silverbacks and 12 individuals and their name originate from “Bitukura River”. This is one of the more up to date families to live in the Impenetrable Forest since their home just goes back to 2007. Following this family began in 2008 and they are situated around 2 hours from your host hold up (buhoma region) and 15 minutes from lodges around Ruhija.
The Nkuringo gorilla family
There are 2 silverbacks and 19 relatives in this gathering. The gathering was is situated at the southern piece of the recreation centre, at first spotted at Nkuringo Hill, which is the place the name originates from. They were first habituated in 2004 and at the time they were wrecking nearby ranchers’ harvests. Presently the agriculturists can profit by the majority of the nearby tourism that they give. The family is found 5 minutes stroll from Clouds mountain gorilla hold up, 2 hours from Mount Gahinga Lodge and 6 hours from Buhoma the northern area of a stop.
The Mishaya gorilla family
This gathering contains one silverback and 12 individuals. This family was shaped after a Nshongi family debate when they chipped off and went their own way. The gathering was named Mishaya, signifying “fortunate one” and they make their home 6 to 7 hours from Buhoma the northern division, 45 minutes from mists mountain gorilla stop, 5 minutes from Gorilla safari cabin and 2 hours from Mount Gahinga hold up.
The Nshongi gorilla family
There are 4 silverbacks and 25 individuals in this gathering. The family got its name from the stream that was in closeness to the region where the family was initially located out of the blue. They were followed without precedent for 2009 and it is the biggest family to be habituated. In the event that you go from Mount Gahinga Lodge it will take you 2 hours to achieve this family or, if taking off from Buhoma the northern segment of the recreation centre, it will take 6 to 7 hours, 45 minutes from mists mountain gorilla hold up, 5 minutes from Gorilla safari stop.
The Kahungye gorilla family
This is a recently habituated amass that comprises of 3 silverbacks and 27 individuals. This family name originated from the Kahungye slope and they have just been followed since 2011. The gathering lives 2 hours from Mount Gahinga Lodge, 30 minutes from Clouds mountain gorilla hotel and 6 to 7 hours from Buhoma the northern segment of the recreation centre.
There is just a single gorilla family to be found in Mgahinga National Park. The Nyakagezi Family comprises of 3 silverbacks and 10 individuals and it is an extremely roaming bunch that crosses the outskirts of the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. Now and again it can seem just five minutes from mount Gahinga hold up, 2 hours from Clouds mountain gorilla stop, yet since it completes tend to venture to every part of the separation can differ.
In Rwanda, the Parc National des Volcans has 10 gorilla families that have been habituated and consistently each gathering is permitted eight licenses. The families incorporate Karisimbi, Susa, Sabyinyo, Umubano, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Agashya, Hirwa, Ugyenda and Bwenge. It typically just takes about a large portion of a day of strolling to get together with one of these gatherings however it can take up to 7 hours to achieve the Susa gathering.
The Susa gorilla family gather
This gathering has 3 silverbacks and 28 aggregate individuals and its unique name originate from the Susa River. It was the biggest gathering of its kind before partitioning into 2 isolate gatherings. This family wound up plainly famous because of the investigations initially directed by Dian Fossey and its arrangement of twins named Impano and Byishimo. The gathering is arranged roughly 40 minutes from Virunga hold up stop, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see cabins to achieve this family.
The Karisimbi gorilla family bunch
With 3 silverbacks and 15 individuals, this is the gathering that split far from the Susa family. The gathering dependably stays in the general zone of the Karisimbi Volcano on the lower inclines. It takes around 40 minutes from Virunga hold up, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see hotels to achieve this family.
The Sabyinyo gorilla family
Named after the Sabyinyo Volcano, this gathering has 2 silverbacks and 12 individuals. It jumps at the chance to assemble between the Gahinga and Sabyinyo Mountains to appreciate the delicate landscape there. You can get to this family by going around 40 minutes from Virunga hold up, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see hotels to achieve this family.
The Amahoro gorilla family gather
This is a quiet and delicate gathering as ought not out of the ordinary since the word Amahoro signifies “tranquil”. They are situated around 40 minutes from Virunga Lodge, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see hotels to achieve this family. You’ll encounter a harder climb achieving this family that contains one silverback and 17 amass individuals.
The Umubano gorilla family gather
This gathering has one silverback and 11 relatives. This family was initially a piece of the Amahoro gathering and despite the fact that the 2 bunches never again live respectively regardless they share a ton of a similar domain gently. This gathering can be found around 40 minutes from Virunga stop, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see cabins to achieve this family.
The Kwitonda gorilla family
The name of this gathering signifies “humble one” and comprises of 2 silverbacks and 18 individuals. Despite the fact that the gorillas normally jump at the chance to remain on the Mount Muhavura bring down slants, it is a gathering that is more hard to track. They are situated around 40 minutes from Virunga hold up, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see hotels to achieve this family.
The Hirwa gorilla family
The name of this gathering signifies “fortunate one” and comprises of 12 individuals and one silverback. This is a generally new gathering that framed from fragment bunches when Group 13 and the Sabyinyo family combined. There is an arrangement of twins in this family and they can, for the most part, be found on Mount Sabyinyo, which is around 40 minutes from Virunga hold up, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see hotels to achieve this family.
The Agasha gorilla family
This is a vast gathering with 2 silverbacks and 25 individuals. This gathering used to be known by another name, Group 13, however, was later renamed when a pioneer named Agasha tested the silverback that was overwhelming at the time and drove the gathering ceaselessly. Different gorillas that were meandering without anyone else or vagabonds from different families started to acclimatize into the gathering.
The Ugyenda gorilla family
There is one silverback and 11 individuals in this family and the name of the gathering signifies “flight”. This is a less demanding gathering to track than numerous others since it has a tendency to stay in the district of Mount Visoke, around 40 minutes from Virunga hold up, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla see cabins to achieve this family.
The Bwenge gorilla family
The name of this group means “brightness” and there are one silverback and 10 members in the family. They share a lot of territory on Mount Visoke with the Ugyenda group and can be found approximately about 40 minutes from Virunga lodge, 15 minutes from Sabinyo and mountain Gorilla view lodges to reach this family.