Gorilla Groups in Uganda – Habituated Gorilla Families in Bwindi and Mgahinga
Gorilla Groups in Uganda that are habituated and open to gorilla trekking safari tours are about 20 in number. These gorilla families are mainly in Bwindi Impenetrable National Parkwhich has about 19 gorilla family units. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the second gorilla park in Uganda has only one gorilla group, the Nyakagezi Group. The rest of the gorilla groups are found in Bwindi forest. The gorilla groups in Bwindi are spread across the various gorilla trekking areas of the vast park. Bwindi National Park is said host half the number of the mountain gorillas in the whole world. In the entire, mountain gorillas only live in the four national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. These include Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the vast Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Gorilla families in Uganda are the ones available for trekking by visitors from across the world. To visit any of the groups, one needs a gorilla permit which is an entry pass to the gorilla habitat. Usually after tracking gorillas, you are issued a gorilla trekking certificate, a document that confirms your trekking participation. As per Uganda Wildlife Authority gorilla trekking standards, each gorilla family is allowed 8 visitors per trek. And these are further granted one hour to stay with gorillas in the wild. Speedway Safaris is among the Ugandan professional tour operators who organize gorilla tours in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Our gorilla safari run from 1 to 3 days maximum or more if the trip has other safari activities like game drives, boat cruise, chimps trekking or mountaineering and others on the itinerary.
Gorilla Families in Bwindi National Park by Trekking Sectors/Regions
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest takes place with all the above gorilla families. Having booked a gorilla permit for a particular tracking date, a visitor only waits to be transfered to the park. Most of the gorilla trips we organise usually start from Kigali in Rwanda to Uganda. When one flies into Rwanda to trek gorillas in Uganda, he is picked up from Kigali and transfer to either Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park gorilla trekking. A gorilla permit secured determines the route to take from Kigali. One may either gorilla through Katuna or Cyanika border post to reach Bwindi. The company organising a safari determines the routes basing on the permit for a given gorilla group. Bwindi Gorilla trekking especially for 2 or three days may also be supplemented with community and nature tours around the park.
Nyakagezi Gorilla Family – The Only Gorilla Group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Apart from Bwindi which boasts of numerous gorilla families, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one gorilla group for trekking. Of the two gorilla parks in Uganda, Mgahinga has the least gorillas. To track gorillas in Mgahinga, one can easily come from Kigali in Rwanda to Uganda. It takes about four hour via Cyanika border to reach the park for gorilla safaris. Read more about the Nyakagezi gorilla group in Mgahinga.