If your plan is to pay a visit to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to track the rare mountain gorillas and you are wondering which habituated family to explore then it is high time you stopped worrying. Nyakagezi gorilla group is the only habituated family in Mgahinga National Park that has been set for visitor experiences while on gorilla safari in this particular part of Uganda. This group accommodates fewer visitors and also features among a few easiest to track groups in Uganda as its members love feeding, relaxing and nesting within a narrow home range.
This is the only family in Mgahinga National Park led by a male dominant silver buck known as Mark. The group has 11 members including three silver buck. The nyakagezi group kept on traveling and crossing borders of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda though it is trying to settle on the Ugandan side since 2012. Permits for tracking this group can only be got at local Uganda Wild Life Authority.
This gorilla family is composed of 9 individuals, 4 silverbacks, 2 infants, 2 females and 1 juvenile. However, take note that the number of members may keep changing as changes always occur in gorilla families due to varied factors.
The group is led by Mark silverback gorilla who succeeded his father-Bugingo. The others include Nshuti, Nyiramwiza, Mathew, Mafia, Nkanda, Mutagamba and Rukundo among others.
Bugingo on the other hand features as the oldest silverback with over 54 years. The most amazing part of this group is that Bugingo still thrives within the family and yet in many occasions, once the dominant silverback is overthrown, banished and perhaps dies while in isolation or alternatively looks for where to live. The best example is Mubare family of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where after Kanyonyi took over from Ruhondeza, he left the family and stayed in isolation till his death.
This gorilla group is also situated within an area with plenty of forage for these creatures to enjoy. Like for other gorilla families in Bwindi, gorilla permits for Nyakagezi family can be obtained at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala. Please note that there are no more permit bookings at the park headquarters.
The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offices are located at Ntebeko. The cost permit still remains the same (US$700 per person) and the fact that it only takes 8 visitors, you need to secure it early enough.
For any plans to track gorillas in Mgahinga National Park, Nyakagezi gorilla family is the only option for you to realize your dreams while on Uganda gorilla safari.