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Rushaga sector of Bwindi Forest for Gorilla Trekking

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Rushaga Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Gorilla Trekking and Habituation process

Rushaga Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda and in the southern hemisphere of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is connected from Kigali via the Cyanika border in Kisoro with views of Virunga Volcanoes, Gahinga, and Muhabura in Mgahinga. You can also have views of the lava-dammed lake of Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi the second deepest Crater Lake in east Africa from Lake Tanganyika.

Gorilla habituation process takes place in the region of Rushaga sector and Nkuringo in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where 4 visitors are allowed to each group who are accompanied by researchers and trekkers giving you a lifetime experience to interrelate and learn the process through which Gorillas learn to fit in with mankind.

A group of homegrown natives “Batwa” are a group of local pygmies who lived in the forest with the Rushaga sector in Bwindi who are welcoming and hospitable. Once you’re done with trekking you can undertake this significant experience of understanding how these ancient people lived in the forest as they show their traditional performances, hunting skills, and make local cups over bamboo among others, by taking to participate in this experience you will have supported the local communities indirectly.

Five families are habituated in the Rushaga sector in Bwindi which include Nsongi, Bweza, Kahungye, Busingye, and Mishaya. The number of Gorillas in a family may and will change during the year. The Key to a fruitful Gorilla Trek is not the number of Gorillas but the experience that you have.

Nshongi family (26 Family Members)

This is one of the largest habituated groups in the Rushaga sector in Bwindi which was named Nshongi a rivers name in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park where the group was named before being habituated.

Nshongi Gorilla family was launched in 2009 to the visitors as the largest family to be habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with 36 family members leaving together in harmony.

Nshongi locally meaning “Omushongi Gwobuki” (honey) referred to the deep brownish color of the river Nshongi. It was one of the largest families in the entire habituated group entailing 36 family members with 3 silverbacks and 7 black backs who lived in accord without fights yet with time the number reduced to 26 when some members started breaking forming their own families like Mishaya in 2010 broke away from the group with 10 family members, 2 years later at that time, Bweza also broke away from the family leading to a decrease in the number of visited families in the group.

Bweza Family. (12 Family Members)

In December 2012, the Bweza family was formed under the guidance of Bweza locally meaning “more productive” after unraveling from its family members, Alfa silver back Bweza is made up of 2 silverbacks, 4 black backs, 3 adult females, 1 sub-adult, and 2 infants.

It’s an adaptable and interesting group whereby then separation from the Nshongi group due to feuds rangers assumed that the family would reunite back with the previous family but the breakup became endless.

Kahungye family (13 Family Members)

This is another gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park from a family of 27 members including 3 silverbacks. Kahungye divided from the group reducing it to 13 family members and led by the head silverback Gwigi locally meaning “door”.

The group was unlocked to visitors in October 2011 with 13 individuals which increased trekking spaces for mountain gorillas in the Rushaga sector.

Busingye Family (9 Family Members)

Busingye is one of the groups located in the Rushaga sector meaning “peace” members of kahungye family that separated from the group in 2012 with 7 members and later enlarged to 9 family members. Busingye is a hostile leader which has been detected to create fights with other groups and found seizing their female black backs. It is through this supremacy that Bushingye accomplished to rise its family size from 7 to 9 to the present.

Mishaya group (12 Family Members)

This is one of the groups in the Rushaga sector from the Nshongi group which emerged as the Alfa silver back who agitated against his family in the Nshongi group in 2010. This stimulated other groups like Bweza who as well broke away from the family in 2012.

In April 2012 Mishaya underwent a struggle with a non-habituated Gorilla family which cost him the loss of his 2-year-old infants and as well got numerous injuries that nearly took his life but were salvaged by the Mountain Veterinary Project.

In 2014 Mishaya died when his family had extended to 12 family members and was succeeded by Mwiine as the new Alfa silver back for the family. The series of Mishaya by Mwiine has been more beneficial as tourists/ visitors can still have visits to the family in the Rushaga sector and increase the availability of permits to trek in the sector.

Visit the Rushaga sector in Bwindi by booking with us or contact us as we help you secure your accessibility for permits to the sector and as well discover the beauty around the Switzerland of Uganda through a tailor-made safari to the haze jungle.

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