The new mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is a familiar destination for mountain gorillas in the whole of the African continent as it the home for the highest population of mountain gorilla families that offers tourists, a detailed encounter with highly vanishing species (mountain Gorillas in the forest). This makes the park so amazing with travelers being ushered in new gorilla groups and individuals.
The Park welcomes mountain gorilla families on different occasions and since 2018 there has been the addition of two more gorilla families that are available for trekking. The newly launched families have increased the tally to 17 mountain gorilla families fully habituated to be accessed by tourists for trekking and habituation.
Additionally, the other mountain gorilla families include; Christmas gorilla family, Binyindo gorilla family in Buhoma sector, Mucunguzi gorilla family, Mubare gorilla family, Habinyanja gorilla family, Rushegura gorilla family, Oruzogo family, Bitukura gorilla family, Kyaguliro family, Nshongi gorilla family, Mishaya gorilla group, Kahungye gorilla family, Bweza family, and Nkuringo family.
Further, it is important to note that gorilla family groups that include Bushaho and Bikyingi mountain gorilla families are still undergoing habituation process and not yet available for trekking, currently, these families are being monitored and followed UWA rangers and researchers as a way of training these animals to get used to the people before it is available for gorilla trekking and this takesa period of 2-3years, an indication that anytime soon they will available for tourist.
The more mountain gorilla families habituated, the more the travelers/tourists to that particular group. In Bwindi people were still waiting on a day when the newly habituated gorilla family to be added to increase gorilla families to over 15 available for visitation which makes Uganda the biggest country with the highest number of gorillas to be habituated in southern Africa. These species are most endangered forest animals in the world and this is the reason why most of the tourists across the world traverse to get an opportunity to have a glance at these species in their natural wildness.
Currently, the Uganda government through Uganda Wildlife Authority launched other two new habituated families of Mountain Gorilla in both Nkuringo and Buhoma sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which provides an opportunity to tourists/travelers for gorilla trekking. These newly created mountain gorilla families include the Christmas and Katwe gorilla families.
The (Katwe gorilla family) is found in the Buhoma sector northern side of Bwindi National park. This group is dominated by a male silverback, and other six members, this takes a tally to four gorilla groups in the Buhoma sector and this has raised permits to 32 daily other gorilla families include, Rushegura, Mubare, and Habinyanja.
Additionally, the other new family, Christmas family is situated in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the addition of this family has seen this sector with three families in this sector. This family is comprised of 9 members led by a dominant silverback known as Christmas. Now the availability of this new group increases the number of permits tourists can be booked in Nkuringo region to 24 per day for gorilla trekking
An increase in gorilla families is directly proportional to an increase in the tourism experience. The availability of more gorilla families makes gorilla trekking experience more accommodative with more permits are available to satisfy the increasing demands. Remember the major aim of introducing the gorilla families in Uganda was to address the high demand for permits from which at times could pressurize the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Management at risk.
Further after the introduction of these newly mountain gorilla families, the payment of gorilla permits was shifted to UWA headquarters only to avoid the handling of cash. With this measure, Travelers are assured of their safety in the presence of these two new families just like with other groups. With these two families successfully went through a habituation process for three years and are now available for trekking.
With the introduction of newly mountain gorilla families, in Uganda, the number of habituated gorillas keep on increasing in all four sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Travelers now can trek fully gorillas in the entire park and travelers have testified that trekking gorilla in Bwindi National Park is a memorable experience that can’t be forgotten.
When it comes to the number of mountain gorilla families, Uganda is leading and if you intend to plan your journey to Africa, don’t endeavor to buy your gorilla permits to enjoy the best experience with these endangered species at Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park in southwestern Uganda. Book your permit early as possible with Africa adventure vacations as soon as possible.