Mubare Gorilla Family : In Uganda Gorilla, trekking is one of the top selling activities in the tourism industry. Many Tourists travel to Uganda with a big interest of trekking the Habituated gorilla groups in the country. In addition, this activity is only done from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or tourists can also trek gorillas from Mgahinga National Park. These national parks are both located in the Southwestern region of Uganda.

The Mubare gorilla family is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is a top destination for Gorilla trekking activity in the world.  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in Kanugu district in the South Western part of Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority, which manages and protects all the Uganda National parks in Uganda, in 1994, Bwindi was named as UNESCO World Heritage site, manages the National Park and it is bordered by Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bwindi National Park was first gazette as national Park in 1991, it covers a total surface area of 321 square kilometers, and it is known as the most biologically diverse conservation area on the African continent. It is a home of about 400 mountain gorillas, 160 tree species, 100 fern species, 348 bird species, 27 frogs, geckos, and chameleons, 220 butterfly species.

In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park there about 18 habituated Gorilla groups and 15 habituated gorilla groups, which are always available for tourists who travel to the park for gorilla trekking.  Therefore, the Mubare gorilla family is one of these Habituated Gorilla Groups.

Mubare Gorilla Family/ group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Mubare Gorilla family was habituated in 1991 and later officially published to the public in 1993; this makes it one of the oldest habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The word MUBAEE means a pile of stones, which in Rukiga can be, translate as Amabare and this Gorilla family derived its name from Mubare hills where gorillas were first spotted. Mubare gorilla group begin with 18 members and unfortunately, its number reduced due to several challenges, the number dropped to only 5 members in 2012.

Mubare Gorilla Family
Mubare Gorilla Family

Mubare Gorilla Family was first led by a Dominant Silverback named Ruhondeza, who later died in 2012 due to the terrible injuries he got while fighting with a wild group of gorillas that had attacked his family. In addition, this attack not only led to the death of Ruhondeza but also led to the strategic end of most gorillas as other gorillas gave up and even left the group. Today, dominant silverback named Kanyonyi leads the Mubare Gorilla Family group.  He has made a great improvement to this gorilla group because its number has drastically increased again to 13 members.

Tourists trekking this gorilla group in Bwindi national Park are always shown to be Ruhondeza, the first leader of this group was buried after his death, which occurred on 27 June 2012.

Mubare gorilla family/ group can be found in Buhoma sector in Bwindi National park. This group is famous for its friendly gorillas that are so free and comfortable around humans as this attracts a number of visitors in the park to check them out. Trekking Gorillas in this group takes a short period of about 3-5 hours the fact that is always easy for tourists to trek gorillas . More so, during several occasions, this Gorilla group can be found along the banks of Mubare River, which flows through Buhoma Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Visitors who have interest in Trekking Gorillas in Mubare Gorilla Family, which is found in Bwindi National Park, need to aquire a gorilla trekking permit, which is at a fee of 700 USD per person.

Cost of a Gorilla Trekking Permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Where to stay when trekking Gorillas in Mubare Gorilla Family.

Visitors trekking gorillas in Mubare Goriila Family in Bwindi Impenetrable National park are always offered different classes of accommodation facilities, which range from Budget, Mid-Range and luxury. These Lodging facilities include the following; Buoma Lodge, Lake Kitandara camp, Bwindi Guesthouse, Buhoma community Rest Camp, Silverback lodge, Buhoma community Rest Camp.

How to get to Mubare Gorilla Family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Tourists can access Bwindi National Park either by road or air transport.

Mubare Gorilla Family
Mubare Gorilla Family

Road transport.

Visitors travelling to Bwindi National park to trek Mubare Gorilla Family can take a drive, which covers a distance of about 472 kilometers from Kampala to Buhoma via Kabale- Masaka highway. In addition, this drive is an 8-9 hour drive.  This park can also be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is a distance of 133 kilometers and takes about 2-3 kilometers for visitors to reach the park.

Air Transport.

Tourists who are not patient to take a long drive to Bwindi National Park can opt to take their flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi Air field and a drive for about one hour to the Parks headquarters in Buhoma.

Tourists who would wish to travel to Uganda Pearl Africa for a safari should not miss out the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Reach out to our best Tour operators such as Achieve Global Safaris, Rwanda Tour Explores and book a Gorilla Trekking Tour expecting only the best offers.

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