Amahoro gorilla family

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Gorilla families in Rwanda

Dwelling on the slopes of Mount Bisoke, Amahoro gorilla group is the most peaceful and calm gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park. Amahoro is locally translated as “peaceful” in Kinyarwanda meaning that the gorilla family is peaceful at all times. Ubumwe is the leading silverback of Amahoro gorilla family known to have never engaged in any physical fight with other silverbacks. The peaceful nature of the Amahoro gorilla family has cost it many numbers especially to those aggressive silverbacks from other gorilla families who fight to expand the size of their families. Amahoro gorilla family comprise 17 members which include Ubumwe silverback, 2 black backs, 5 adult males, 5 juveniles, 2 infants, and 2 blackbacks. Travelers have often liked trekking Amahoro gorilla group due to its peaceful nature. On seeing travelers come near them, members of Amahoro gorilla family stay calm giving a good spot for photography.

How to book permits for Amahoro gorilla group

If you are interested in trekking Amahoro gorilla family, emphasize it in your gorilla safari bookings. When inquiring about Rwanda gorilla safaris, specify to your travel agent that you want to trek Amahoro family. Africa Adventures Safaris will help you secure a permit in time. During pre gorilla trekking briefing at Kinigi park headquarters, your driver-guide will inform park rangers that you want to trek Amahoro gorilla family and you will be allocated to it with other 7 members.

Gorilla permits to trek Amahoro gorilla family

A valid gorilla trekking permit is a MUST have for everyone visiting to see Amahoro gorilla family. Each Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500. You can book for a permit directly with Rwanda Development Board (RDB) or though Africa Adventure Safaris. Booking is recommended at least 5 months in advance due to the high demand for gorilla permits in Rwanda. When going for pre gorilla trekking briefing, remember to carry your permit. However, a gorilla permit in all gorilla destinations (Uganda, Rwanda or Congo) remains property of the respective governments. After registration and briefing, travelers are asked to submit gorilla permits to the rangers.

What if I fail to see gorillas?

In rare cases where travelers fail to see mountain gorillas after full day of searching, they are given another chance to trek the next day without paying again. However, if you fail to see gorillas due to failure to hike, you will lose the money. No refund and no other chance will be given to you. Therefore travelers are advised to be physically fit and mentally ready not to miss on seeing the endangered gorillas.

Other gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park

Besides Amahoro gorilla group, Rwanda is home to other 9 gorilla families. These include Hirwa currently living in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda, Karisimbi, Susa A, Sabyinyo, Bwenge, Ugenda, Umubano, Titus and Agashya gorilla groups. Each gorilla family is visited by a group of eight travelers everyday for an hour’s interaction.

What to pack for Amahoro gorilla trekking

Remember to pack the right attire to ensure a peaceful and enjoyable gorilla trek to see Amahoro gorilla family. Among the things to carry for Rwanda gorilla trekking include hiking shoes/boots, gardening gloves, hats, sunglasses, scarf, long pants, long-sleeved shirts/blouses, rain jackets, sweaters, insect repellants energy giving snacks and bottled drinking water. A walking stick is very helpful in climbing up and downhills.

In general, Amahoro is an interesting gorilla family to visit. Contact Africa Adventure Safaris today, book your Rwanda gorilla tour and trek to see Amahoro gorilla family.

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