Uganda gorilla safaris are among the best remarkable adventure encounters on the continent of Africa and their occurrence depends on the habituated Mountain Gorilla families.
The destination Uganda features two protected areas where the Mountain Gorillas are known to thrive. These include; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the travellers intending to take up gorilla safaris in Uganda have got a sample space of twelve (12) fully habituated Gorilla groups distributed in four regions. The choice is limited to the region at the time of booking and not the Gorilla family as these are allocated randomly on the morning of the gorilla tracking activity.
Buhoma region to the north of Bwindi is home to three (3) habituated Gorilla families namely; Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura while Ruhija region to the east features three (3) gorilla groups namely; Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro. A new gorilla group is undergoing habituation in this region and will soon be open to the travellers on gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Bwindi’s southern region of Rushaga is home to five fully habituated Gorilla families namely; Mishaya, Kahungye, Nshongi, Bweza and Busingye while the adjacent Nkuringo region is home to the single gorilla group called Nkuringo. Two new gorilla groups namely Bushaho and Bikingi are as well undergoing habituation and will as well be introduced to the visitors. The Mountain gorilla habituation experience in Uganda is carried out in this part of Bwindi.
Besides Bwindi, the Uganda’s 13th fully habituated gorilla family thrives in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which adjoin gorilla safaris in Rwanda, majorly done in the destination of Volcanoes National Park and Congo gorilla safari destination of Virunga National Park to form the Greater Virunga Conservation Area containing an estimate of 480 Mountain Gorillas. The gorilla family in Mgahinga is called Nyakagezi.
The Uganda’s rigorous conservation efforts have presented a rich ground for the survival of Mountain Gorillas and their numbers have been increasing steadily.