One of the most popularly known Fact About Mountain Gorilla is that Uganda hosts more than half of the left overpopulation of mountain gorillas in its rain forest and conservation forests. Therefore, the percentage of travelers coming for mountain gorilla trekking is pretty high. Gorilla trekking is an activity that is carried out by moving people out into the dense forest in search of mountain gorillas. Once you spot these mountain gorillas, you get to spend a certain amount of time with them in their natural habitat. However, in Uganda, there are own two areas where the trekking is carried out, namely Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Currently, there are approximately 400 mountain gorillas living in the Bwindi Forest that you can witness during Uganda Safaris, whereas, a very small number of population lives in the slopes of volcanoes near Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Listed below are some of the gorilla families that trekkers can found at either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park location in Uganda.
Mubare Gorilla Family
The oldest habituated group of gorillas that you can find in Uganda is Mubare Gorilla family. They usually have 9 members per family and are located in Buhoma. Their family group first started off with just 12 family members and later grew into 18 member s per family. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the group came to 9 members per family with a new dominant silverback.
Rushegura Gorilla Group
Rushegura Gorilla Family group formed when a silverback from Habinyanja gorilla group decided to part its way. Rushegura Gorilla Family have 19 gorilla members in their family that includes the silverback too. They are situated in Buhoma, northern side of Bwindi.
Oruzogo Gorilla Family
Oruzogo Gorilla Family is situated in Ruhija Sector and consists of about 23 gorilla family members per family. The family is led by a governing silverback. Oruzogo Gorilla Family is one of the most recent habituated gorilla families that was open for tourist to explore. Oruzogo Gorilla Family, however, have now become one of the most playful, energetic mountain gorillas that tourist and trekkers insist for.
Kahungye Gorilla Family
Kahungye Gorilla Family consist of 13 members per family and are located in the Rushaga area of Bwindi National Park. Moreover, the 13 membered family also consist of 3 silverbacks that are the only ones who are named. However, the dominant one from the three is called Rumansi who is followed by the other two not-so dominant male gorillas named Rwigi and Ruhamuka. The group however split into two back in 2011 and formed a new gorilla family group called Busingye Gorilla Family Group.
Busingye Gorilla Family
Busingye Gorilla Family is yet another group that was formed when one of the oldest group (Kahungye Gorilla Family) decided to split. It was one of the silverbacks who decided to first part his ways and then later form her very own gorilla family. Busingye is known as the leading silverback gorilla of the pack, is used as a local work for peace. It is believed that there are almost 9 members along with one silverback in the Busingye Gorilla Family.
Nkuringo Gorilla Family
The habituation process of Nkuringo Gorilla Family started way before 2004. Having almost 19 members per family along with two silverbacks, Nkuringo Gorilla Family is located in Nkuringo. One can easily find them in villages or outside parks and forests, due to which they eventually became the main reason for their habituation. Moreover, due to their basic need of wanting bananas, sweet potatoes and other crops, locals of the area started to have issues. After all this, it was later decided that Nkuringo Gorilla Family will now be open for tourist and trekker.
If anyone is planning to visit Uganda, Africa for Uganda Safaris or for its popularly known gorilla trekking, it’s suggested to do proper research and then plan your trip accordingly.