Information on Gorillas

GORILLA GROUPS
Uganda
Mubare gorilla group, Habinyanja gorilla group, Bitukura gorilla group and Rushegura gorilla group are accessed from Buhoma in the North of Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Nkuringo and Nsongi gorilla groups are other gorilla groups found in Southern Bwindi and are accessed from Kisoro. Nyakagezi gorilla group is in Mgahinga Forest National Park. Rwanda

Kwitonda group – 10 individuals located on the Sabinyo volcano
Group 13 – 21 individuals located on the Sabinyo volcano.
Amahoro group – 15 individuals located on the Visoke volcano.
Susa group – 35 individuals located high on the Karisimbi volcano
Hirwa group – 12 individuals located on the Sabinyo volcano.
Sabinyo group – 10 individuals located between the Sabinyo and Visoke volcanoes.
Umubano group – 7 individuals located on the Visoke volcano.

Tips on gorilla tracking

Park rules prohibit guests with colds or other communicable diseases from visiting the gorillas, due to the fact that human diseases can decimate the already fragile population.
Try to stay at least 15 feet away from gorillas.
Gorilla tracking means following gorilla trails. This can be difficult and strenuous, with steep muddy climbs through the jungle.
Hikers should be in reasonably good shape, because the treks can range from an hour to a full day of tough hiking.
Too much activity stresses the gorillas: Speak quietly and don’t move suddenly.
The park cannot guarantee a gorilla sighting. The vast majority of trekkers do see gorillas, but some don’t. There is no “rain date” for the groups who don’t see the gorillas.
Hiking boots/ shoes with good traction and sticks are essential
Carry rain gear, sunscreen, a hat, bug repellent, water, snacks, and binoculars
Gorilla tracking starts from the gorillas’ last known position, usually where they were last seen on the previous day.
Follow the guide’s instructions: The guides will know when the gorilla is acting uncomfortable or threatened.
Flash photography is not allowed, and the light is very dim.