Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi/Where to Trek Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

Gorilla Trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the largest single gorilla habitat, unlike Virunga massif that is shared by 3 national parks. Being the largest gorilla park, there are 4 different gorilla trekking sectors or trailheads where gorilla trekking starts from.

Each of these 4 gorilla tracking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has different gorilla families that tourists trek while on Uganda gorilla safaris. You can decide on which sector to have your gorilla trekking safari but in most cases, it depends on the availability of the permits in a specific sector. However, a specific gorilla group is allocated in the morning of the trek depending on where the gorillas spent their night as compared to the trekkers hiking ability.

Here are the four gorilla trekking sectors which are Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo.

Buhoma Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The Buhoma gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi is home to 4 gorilla families and these are;

  • Rushegura gorilla family has 16 gorilla families and one of the large groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The group poses a short time for trekking since they do not stay further from the park headquarters. This is a splinter group from the Habinyaja gorilla group.
  • Habinyaja gorilla group was opened to gorilla tours in 1997 and was first seen near a swamp within the Bwindi forest. The group has 17 members though it was formerly bigger than this. The group split and the Rushegura group was formed.
  • Mubare gorilla family is the oldest gorilla group in the Bwindi forest. It was opened to gorilla safaris in 1993 following a successful habituation process of 2 years. It was named after the beautiful Mubare hills. The group has about 10 members.
  • Katwe Gorilla group has 7 individuals and the newest in the sector. In the group are 1 dominant silverback, 2 infants and 4 adult females.

Ruhija Gorilla trekking sector – Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi

Ruhija Gorilla trekking sector of Bwindi has 4 habituated gorilla families which are;

  • Bitukura gorilla family is led by silverback Ndahura with about 14 individuals in the group. The group has 4 silverbacks and a group that was easily habituated in the fastest time.
  • Oruzogo gorilla family has about 23 individuals and therefore very large.  The group has 2 silverbacks and twins.
  • Mukiza gorilla family has 13 members with 1 silverback gorilla, 4 infants, and 8 adults. Silverback Mukiza leads the group. It was formerly part of the Kyaguliro group.
  • Kyaguliro gorilla group has 15 individuals with 2 silverbacks.

Nkuringo Gorilla Sector Bwindi

The Nkuringo gorilla trail head of Bwindi forest has 1 habituated gorilla group for gorilla safaris in Uganda and this is the Nkuringo gorilla group.

Rushaga gorilla sector of Bwindi – Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi

Rushaga gorilla sector of Bwindi has almost the highest number of gorilla families and these are;

  • Kahunjye gorilla family has 13 members in the Rushaga sector. Silverback Gwigi leads the group.
  • The Busingye gorilla family was a splinter group from the Kahunjye group. There 9 individuals in the group with only 1 silverback.
  • Nshonji gorilla group is very big and has about 25 gorillas. It is named after the river in which they were first seen.
  • Mishaya gorilla group split from the Nshonji group led by silverback Mishaya.
  • Bweza gorilla family has 9 members and also split from the Nshonji group.

Each gorilla family is unique and trekking each is amazing. Book a Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and have a memorable gorilla trekking experience.

Gorilla Trekking Sectors in Bwindi

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