Uganda is most famous for its rare mountain gorillas so experience the opportunity of tracking these wonderful creatures and the beauty plus diversity of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Ruhija part of Bwindi, which is based on the eastern side of the park, sitting on top of the hill at 2345 meters, is home to 3 habituated Gorilla families.
A little bit of History
It started with the Bitukura Gorilla Family, this mountain gorilla family was named after a river that bears the same name. As it happens the family was first sighted near the river which also turned out to be part of its homing range. Habituation of this group begun in July 2007 and the group was opened for tourism in October 2008. This was a relatively easy group to habituate as it had often been encountered by UWA rangers and trackers in their encounters with the Kyaguriro group (the second Gorilla group in the Ruhija are) and this non-threatening human contact made it easier for the group to become accustomed to human company much faster than with other Gorilla groups which often take a minimum of two years to fully habituate.
Bitukura is a Serene family, with little in way of the politics and monkeyshines prone to gorilla families. Ndahura sees to that. The Bitukura and Kyaguriro families share a close bond and are known to have, what can be described in human terms as get-togethers about once each month. The biggest mystery surrounding this peaceable family is the migration of its eldest juvenile daughter to the Kyaguriro family. Whereas it is known that on reaching adulthood, female gorillas are prone to leave the family in favour of starting a family with an eligible solitary male, or simply joining another family – like Twigukye did – she was nonetheless rather young to make the move. But she did it and a study of the family members may help give a clue to this unusual occurrence.
Now anno 2012 there are three Gorilla’s group. Ruhija got another Gorilla group called the Oruzogo group. This group is not always in the Ruhija part but moves a bit between the Ruhija and Buhoma area of Bwindi.
Whatever group you may visit will leave you with a startling experience and a long lasting memory!
The Gorilla tracking is an adventures, active and long activity and we can strongly recommend a healthy condition and a special outfit. Although one group might be easier to find then the other there is never a guarantee how easy the climb or route onwards the amazing giants will be. You could always visit our website from our Safari company (Asyanut Safaris Tours & Travel) or contact our lodge staff in Ruhija for more information. We will be happy to answer all your questions.