Bwindi Gorilla Groups

Rushegura Gorilla Family

Also known as group R, Rushegura gorilla family is one of the four habituated gorilla families living in Buhoma sector north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Rushegura gorilla group was initially part of the great Habinyanja gorilla family. In 2000, Mwirima silverback rebelled and broke from his father to form his own gorilla family. Just like other gorilla families in Bwindi Forest, Rushegura was taken through a 2 years’ gorilla habituation experience and was officially opened for trekking in 2002. The name Rushgeura was derived from the place where the two gorilla families (Rushegura and Habinyanja) split becoming independent. Unfortunately, Mwirima silverback later died and leadership was taken over by Kabukujo, the then blackback that was in the family. Kabukojo has successfully led Rushegura gorilla family to the present.

Members of Rushegura Gorilla Family

Altogether, Rushegura gorilla family comprises of 16 members including 1 silverback, 4 adult females, 4 infants, 3 juveniles and 4 black backs. Group members include
• Kabukojo,
• Kabande,
• Nyamunwa
• Kyirinvi,
• Nyampanzi
• Kafuruka,
• Kanywanyi,
• Karungi,
• Businza
• Kafuruka among others.

Where to trek Ruhegura gorilla family

More often, Rushegura gorilla family roams in areas near Buhoma park headquarters and batwa community villages nearby. Rushegura gorilla group is, therefore, one of the easy to trek gorilla families in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Forest as a whole. The trekking time to see the Rushegura gorilla family can be as short as 30 minutes or longer to 5 hours depending on the location of gorillas that day. Trekking starts at 8:00 am, following a pre gorilla trekking briefing at Buhoma park headquarters.

Gorilla Permits for Rushegura Gorilla Family

Each day, Rushegura gorilla family as 8 gorilla permits for first-come travelers. The fact that Rushegra gorilla group is one of the easy to trek gorilla families in Bwindi, Gorilla permits to see Rushegura family tend to sell easily than other families. Permits are issued on a first come first serve basis. Gorilla permits in Bwindi Forest cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African Residents. Gorilla Permit booking is recommended at least 6 months in advance for timely planning.

Where to Sleep when trekking Rushegura Gorilla Family

Wondering where to sleep when trekking Rushegura Gorilla family? No worries. Buhoma sector has got an endless list of luxury, budget and midrange lodging facilities and camps to serve you with excellent food and sleeping services at affordable rates. The top lodges in Buhoma sector include Bwindi forest Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, and Buhoma Community Camp. Lodge services are categorized into the budget, midrange and luxury depending on the traveler’s budget and choice.

Other Gorilla Families in Buhoma sector

Besides Rushegura gorilla family, Buhoma sector is home to more other 3 gorilla groups which are Mubare Gorilla Family (The oldest and first gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park), Habinyanja gorilla family and the recently introduced Katwe Gorilla Family. In total, Buhoma sector has 4 habituated gorilla families
• Kahungye Gorilla Group
• Nshongi Gorilla Group
• Bitukura Gorilla family
• Nshongi Gorilla Group
• Christmas Gorilla Family
• Bweza Gorilla family
• Oruzogo Gorilla family
• Busingye Gorilla family
• Bushaho Gorilla family undergoing habituation experience
• Bikingyi Gorilla family undergoing habituation
• Christmas Gorilla Family
• Mubare Gorilla family
• Katwe Gorilla group
• Mishaya Gorilla family
• Habinyanja Gorilla Group

What to pack for trekking Rushegura Gorilla Family

The packing list for trekking Rushegura and other gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park include among others

  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Gardening gloves
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Hat
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Bottled drinking water
  • In general, Rushegura Gorilla Family is an amazing gorilla group to visit on your Uganda gorilla tour to Bwindi Forest National Park. Contact Africa Adventure Safaris today, book your permit and get a chance to trek the exceptional Rushegura Gorilla Family for a memorable experience.

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