GORILLA FAMILIES IN VOLCANOE PARK RWANDA


Eight gorilla families available for Trekking in PNV with 8 tourists allowed per group

Gorilla permits cost 750$ per permit

Susa: The largest group with 41 gorillas. This family is the hardest to trek as it tends to range high into the mountains but RDB Tourism & Conservation trackers will know well in advance where the group is located. The group is also well-known for having rare 5 year old twins named Byishimo and Impano.

Sabyinyo: Sabyinyo is an easily accessible group led by the powerful silverback Guhonda. There are fewer members within this family than in the other groups however they are equally impressive as a family.

Amahoro: led by the calm and easy going Ubumwe, Amahoro is made up of 17 members and means “peaceful”. To reach Amahoro one must endure a fairly steep climb however the climb is well worth it once in contact with this tranquil group.

Group 13: when first habituated this group had only 13 members hence its name. Now the group has approximately 25 members, a very positive sign for conservation and the efforts put forward by RDB Tourism & Conservation to protect the gorillas’ habitat.

Kwitonda: The 18-member group is led by Kwitonda which means “humble one” and has two silverbacks and one black back. Having migrated from DRC, this group tends to range far making it a moderately difficult trek.

Umubano: Has 11 members, Umubano were originally Amahoro members but broke off after the dominant silverback was challenged by Charles, now the leader of Umubano. When a young silverback challenges the dominant silverback he must steal some females from the existing group in order to form his own family; thus Umubano was formed.

Hirwa: The group has just been formed and was formed from different existing families, namely from Group 13 and Sabyinyo. Eventually more gorillas joined.

Karisimbi: It is made of 15 members, a new group.

Compiled by Jackie
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