Gorilla Habituation Experience

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda keeps half of the Global Mountain Gorillas which have been on an increase over years within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks located in Southwestern Uganda, mountain Gorillas are shared with Rwanda and DR Congo, the majority of them find in Uganda very shielding. This explains why now Uganda has 12 habituated Gorilla families of which 11 families are habituated and free for tourists’ visits in Bwindi Forest, 1 other group habituated in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Below are the regions where different Gorilla groups live, Buhoma sector is however the busiest zone of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with way too many activities one can take part in. This area is historically recorded to be the first one opened for Gorilla Trekking.

 Mishaya Gorilla group
This gorilla group dwells in the South Eastern parts of Bwindi Forest in Rushaga and the family got its name from the fighter and strong silverback called Mishaya who had battles in the Nshongi family and parted them with other 9 members to form his new one Mishaya within the year of 2010, the group later became open for trekkers in 2011.
The dominant silver back Mishaya is a fighter who attacks and defends his group members all the time. The power and determination of Mishaya is the reason the group kept expanding, but still during the battles some members left the group. Trekking this family needs trekkers to start their hike from UWA head offices or you may end up driving to the trails.
This family has 7 members including 1 silverback now since they lost members in the battles with other Gorilla groups.

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Nshongi Gorilla Group
This group was opened up to habituation in 2009 and was one of the largest groups to be trekked. This family was named after the River Nshongi where they were first spotted. Unlike any other group, this family has more than two silverbacks that live in peace and harmony without any battle for the throne, the dominant silver back Nshongi is not even the oldest, but he rules peacefully.
The group initially had 36 members who split in 2010 and created the present day Mishaya family. The family further split in 2013 to form the today’s Bweza gorilla family leaving the Nshongi family with 18 members. They live in harmony around the forested sectors of Rushaga and there is an opportunity to view birds, primates and butterflies in their own natural habitat.
The Bweza Gorilla group
This family can be trekked around the Rushaga zones of the Bwindi forest, it is also a product of the Nshongi Family whose family was the largest in Bwindi but split as some members left to create the Mishaya Family who later also split as Bweza the silverback left the group with other 6 members to create the present day Bweza Gorilla Family. The family has 7 members including 1 Silverback.

Kahungye Gorilla group
This gorilla family can also be trekked around areas of Rushaga in  and earned the Kahungye from the hill in Rushaga where this group was first sighted. It has a size of 13 individuals including 3 silverbacks and their alpha male is called Rumansi. The other two silverbacks are old and named Ruhamuka and Rwigi.
This family was introduced to the tourists for trekking in 2011 and they divided after the Busingye Gorilla Family also came into existence. Initially the group had 27 members together with 3 silverbacks, the division made the Busingye a new born group in the Rushaga sector

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Busingye Gorilla Group
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Habituation Experience lead you to Busingye the alpha gorilla of the group, the silverback Busigye is a stubborn one who picks fights with others and snatches females from other groups which has helped the group to grow up to the 9 individuals now. This family split from Kahungye family around 2012. This group is also trekked in Rushaga zone and their permits can also be handled in the Bwindi Local Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices within Rushaga.
Nkuringo Gorilla Group
Gorilla Groups and their zones of dwelling
Nkuringo sector,
• Nkuringo Gorilla Groups
. Bushao Groups
. Xmas. Groups
Southern sector Rushaga
• Bweza Groups
• Mishaya Groups
• Kahungye Groups
• Busingye Groups
• Nshongi Groups
Northern sector Buhoma
• Habinyanja Groups
• Mubare Groups
• Rushegura Groups
Katwe Groups
Eastern sector Ruhija
• Bitukura Groups
• Kyaguriro Groups
• Oruzogo Groups

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