Gorilla Tracking expedition, Uganda

A Gorilla Tracking within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit Uganda. On the other hand, Uganda is recognised as a very safe and more so secure country in which you can see these Gorillas in a serene surroundings.

Gorilla tracking expeditions Uganda

There are four departing points: Buhoma and Ruhija, which are in the northern part of the park, and Nkuringo and Rushaga, which are in Kisoro District in the southeastern part of Bwindi.

Buhoma is home to three habituated gorilla families:

  • Mubare: 7 members including one silverback. Mubare is the oldest habituated gorilla group in Uganda. They were found in the Mubare hills, deep in Bwindi forest, and fully habituated in 1993.
  • Habinyanja: 15 members including two silverbacks. The Habinyanja group was first visited by tourists in 1999. The name comes from “Nyanja” which is the local word for ‘body of water’. It refers to the swamp in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the group was first sighted.
  • Rushegura: 19 members including one silverback. The Rushegura gorilla family was brought together in 2002, after one of the silverbacks from the Habinyanja group decided to break away.

Ruhija hosts two habituated gorilla families:

  • Oruzogo: 16 members, available for tracking since 2012.
  • Bitukura: 12 members including four silverbacks. The Bitukura group was named after a river where the family members were first sighted. The habituation process started in 2000.

Nkuringo, hosts one large gorilla family:

  • Nkuringo hosts one gorilla family containing 19 members, including four silverbacks and five infants. The Nkuringo group was named after the Rukiga word for “round hill” and was opened to tourists in 2004. Mutanda lake Resort is the closest to Nkuringo.

Rushaga location, close to Nkuringo, hosts three families:

  • Nshongi: 25 members including two silverbacks and six infants. Nshongi is the largest group ever habituated and was officially launched in September 2009. It was named after the river Nshongi, close to the place where the gorilla family was first seen.
  • Mishaya: 17 members including two silverbacks and four infants.
  • Kahungye: 15 members including two silverbacks and three infants.

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