The Kahungye gorilla family resides in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, this is one of the MST interest g gorilla groups to visit. The name Kahungye is derived from a hill in Rushaga sector of Bwindi where the gorillas were first discovered.

Kahungye Gorilla Family

The Kahungye gorilla group was opened for tourism in 2011, the silverback Busingye also broke off from this group to form his own gorilla family the family now consists of 13 members and was earlier on consisting of 27 members. The Kahungye gorilla family is dominated by a silverback known as Gwigi, the name Gwigi is derived from a local word to mean “door”. The other habituated gorilla groups in Rushaga sector are:

Nshongi gorilla group

The Nshongi gorilla family was the largest group of mountain gorillas to be habituated in Bwindi forest national park with 36 members, the name Nshongi is derived from a river where the group was first seen by trackers. In July 2010 the Nshongi gorilla family split when Mishaya broke off taking away some members. As if that was not enough the group split again in 2013 with Bweza forming up his own family.

Busingye gorilla family

Busingye gorilla family was formed in 2012 after Busingye broke away from Kahungye gorilla family, the dominant silverback of the group is named Busingye which means peace in the local dialect though the name doesn’t apply to the silverback as he’s always engaged in fights.

Mishaya gorilla family

The Mishaya gorilla family also broke off from Nshongi gorilla family in 2010 when Mishaya Interacted taking away some females to form his own family, Mishaya has since managed to expand his family by grabbingmembers from in habituated gorilla groups.

Bweza gorilla family

The Bweza gorilla family originated from the Nshongi gorilla family, Bweza was among the members that Mishaya took away from Nshongi gorilla family but after about a year and half Bweza also broke off to form his own gorilla family.

Tourists visiting the Rushaga sector of Bwindi can sleep in Kisoro travellers inn, gorilla safari lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, gorilla mist camp and Chameleon hill lodge among the rest. Gorilla permits for trekking the Kahungye gorilla family cost only $600. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be reached within 9-10 hours drive from Kampala, the easiest route is flying in to Kigali in Rwanda and then travel to Uganda.

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