Trekking Gorilla Families/Groups.

February 7, 2020
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Rwanda stands to be the world’s greatest conservation success for trekking gorilla families/groups. This has made the tourism industry in Rwanda to highly develop and biggest foreign revenue earners. Gorillas are one of the primate species  that are increasing in number and  gives hope to other battles for survival.  Rwanda Development Board has been boosted to gazette some parks such as which administers the protected areas such as Volcanoes national park, Nyungwe National Park and may more.

Trekking Gorilla Families/Groups is memorable life experience that are divided mainly in two; Gorillas for study/research purposes which are strictly accessed by scientists plus researchers ONLY. For instance, Beetsme and Pablo’s Shida’s with highest number of gorillas.
Secondly, are the ten habituated gorilla families that are for tourism purposes. Still, they are available for trekking. Trekkers are divided or grouped in to 8 people to visit and spend one  hour with gorillas. These include: Ugenda, Umubano, Susa group, Karinsimbi, Sabinyo, Hirwa, Amahoro, Bwengye, Group 13 (the Agasha group) and the Kwitonda.

  1. Bwenge Family

This family is commonly as Silverbacks and consists of 11 members. They are highly located in the Slopes of Karisoke Volcano. Trekking Bwenge family is challenging and includes an ascent of nearly 3 hours. This group had faced challenges of death, however it has successful births.

2. Susa Group

Susa group was researched by Dian Fossey and the name was derived from River Susa. This river flew in the home of gorillas. This family is hard to trek since it habitat is located in the higher ranges of the mountains. This is why some tourists miss to trek them. Susa group is renowned for its infant twins; Byishimo and Impano and their character of being playful. It has Rwanda’s oldest habituated gorilla such as Poppy in  Dian Fossey’s research.

3. Ugenda Family

Ugenda group consists of silverbacks and gorillas, is located in Karisimbi area. This name was acquired due to them  “being on the move” from one place to another. This group is also challenging to trek due to long moves.

4. Karisimbi Family

This family is also known as Susa-B since it  separated from the  Susa family. Its name Karisimbi was derived from its location at slopes of Mt Karisimbi Volcano. When preparing to trek this group, do some physicals for hiking since  they are located in higher mountain slopes of Karisimbi caldera. This requires almost a whole day making trekking hard and challenging.

5. Hirwa Group
This group is also known as the lucky one. This family consists of two families, the Group 13 and the Sabyinyo group which joined it. Hirwa family roams around mountain Gahinga and Sabinyo. To see how this family is lucky, you need to trek them.

6. Sabyinyo Group
It consists of huge and massive gorillas in physical appearance. Sabyinyo family is led by a strong silverback Guhonda and can easily be reached.  Unfortunately, Sabyinyo family has fewer members. Also this family’s name was derived from its location on Sabyinyo volcano which means an “old man’s teeth”.  Its located at the boarder of the park.

7. Amahoro Family.
This family is known of being the most calm gorilla family and Amahoro which means “peaceful group”. To trek this family, requires you to climb.

8. Umubano Group

Umubano family were members of Amahoro group. Umubano means “neighborliness”. The family comprises of silverback, among others. The leader of this family is known as Charles.  This group was also initially known as Amahoro group.

9. 13 Group (the Agasha Group)
Firstly, this group had 13 members. Today, the group is massive including silverbacks. This group was led by Nyakarima who was overpowered by Agashya whose name means “the news”. This group has increased due to intermarriages.

10. Kwitonda Family
Kwitonda means the “humble one”. It consists of silverbacks and black-back also. It originated from Democratic Republic of Congo. This family is also challenging to trek.

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