Nyakagerzi gorilla family
Nyakagezi gorilla family is one of the fascinating and entertaining gorilla families found in Uganda, Nyakagezi gorilla family is the only habituated gorilla family found in mgahinga national park and it is the only one trekked by mountain gorilla trekkers in the park.
Mgahinga national park is located in south western region of Uganda sharing boundaries with Bwindi impenetrable national park, mgahinga national park is the smallest national park in Uganda covering an area of 33.7 square kilometers and it is a protected area situated on the high altitudes in the range of 2,227 to 4,127 meters. Mgahinga national park is one of the four national parks in the world habiting mountain gorillas, the park is part of the great Virunga conservation area which consists of Virunga national park in democratic republic of Congo and volcanoes national park of Rwanda.
Mgahinga national park was declared a game sanctuary in 1930 and gazetted as national park in 1991 purposely to protect the critically endangered mountain gorillas which use the forests of the park as a home, the park’s area runs around three Virunga volcanoes that is Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga, and Mount Sabyinyo. These volcanoes are dominated by forests making them perfect home for mountain gorillas.
About Nyakagezi gorilla family
Nyakagezi gorilla family is a fully habituated gorilla family the only one in mgahinga national park, the family consists of 9 family individuals with 4 silverbacks, 2 infants, 2 adult females and 1 juvenile under the leadership of a dominant silverback mark. During the habituated time and the time the group was opened for trekking the group was under the leadership of a dominant silverback Bugingo who is still alive the oldest silverback in group, because silverback bugingo was getting old to manage ruling over the group he was succeeded by his son Mark. Nyakagezi gorilla family derives its name from the place called Nyakagezi where the first members where first seen during the habituation process. Nyakagezi area attract many mountain gorillas because it consists of a lot of food.
Like already stated Nyakagezi gorilla family is an interesting gorilla family to trek, the family members of Nyakagezi can easily be identified by names which makes the family more preferred to trek by trekkers. These members include
- mark the – leading silver back of the family
- bugingo – the oldest silverback and the former leader of the group aging at more than 54 years of age
- Mathew – a silver back
- Mafia – a silver back
- Nyiramwiza – an adult female
- Nshuti – an adult female
- Nkanda – a juvenile
- Mutagamba – an infant
- Rukundo – an Infant
Tracking the Nyakagezi gorilla Family
Nyakagezi gorilla family is one of the easiest gorilla family to trek in Uganda as it is easily found in Nyakagezi area, Nyakagezi gorilla family recently had tendencies of migrating to the borders of democratic republic of Congo and because of that it was referred to as a mobile mountain gorilla group of Uganda. Currently this family has be observed to have settled down in Uganda in the forested in-active volcanoes of mgahinga national park since 2012 thus being easy to track, because it has been observed to have settled many tourists are taking interest in visiting Nyakagezi gorilla family for a gorilla trekking expedition.
Trekking Nyakagezi gorilla family is an amazing expedition to embark on and is very easy because the families have a permanent place where they are trekked, to participate in this activity you need to have a gorilla trekking permit which gives you authority to access the forests of mgahinga national park. Gorilla trekking permit are purchased at the offices of Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters at Ntebeko, when purchasing your permit it is important to book the permit a few weeks before the actual day of trekking because they are always on high demand (each day 8 permits are put on market for trekkers)
Trekking Nyakagezi gorilla family starts early in the morning with briefing at the park’s headquarters, in a group of 8 people you hike in to the forests in search for the precious mountain gorillas. As you trek through the forests you encounter many beautiful forest trees and sights of Virunga volcanoes, the trekking leads to where the gorillas spent the night and upon finding then you are allowed to only spend one hour with them. In the one hour you can take pictures as long as your flash is off and also learn more about the critically endangered mountain gorillas, after an hour you descend back to the park headquarters which is the end of your expedition. Mountain gorilla trekking experience is a chance for you to encounter more than mountain gorillas, you encounter golden monkeys, the batwa people on batwa trail and many bird species living in mgahinga national park.
How to get to mgahinga national park for gorilla trekking experience.
Mgahinga national park is situated in a distance of 510 kilometers from Kampala, the park can be reached by both road and air. From Kampala there are many routes which are used to get to the park, domestic chartered flights to the park are got from Entebbe international airport sand kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro airstrip. By road the most used route to the park is Kampala-Mbarara-Kabale-Kisoro route, from Kisoro town to Ntebeko main entrance gate it is a distance of 14 kilometers.
Accommodation in mgahinga national park
Like other prominent tourist destinations in the world, mgahinga national park is surrounded by many accommodation facilities which cater for the accommodation of tourists visiting the park for mountain gorilla trekking experience and other activities. Accommodation in the park is got from mount Gahinga lodge, mutanda lake resort, Amajambere Iwacu camp in Ntebeko, bird nest at bunyonyi resort and Bunyonyi overland resort in Bunyonyi, mountain gorilla safari hotel, countryside guesthouse Kisoro, Kisoro travelers’ rest hotel and Kisoro tourist hotel in Kisoro.
Nyakagezi mountain gorilla family offers amazing gorilla trekking experience while in mgahinga national park, this family is said to roam around the borders of democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda but they are easily encountered while trekking.