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Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Visit Rwanda and take part in Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park which covers 160km2 that is generally rainforest and bamboo lies in the north western Rwanda, borders Virunga National Park of DRC and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. The park was gazzetted in 1925 by the Belgian colonialists to safeguard mountain gorillas on Karisimbi, Bisoke and mikeno from poachers, it was subsequently reached out to Belgian Congo in 1929 and named Albert national park. By 1960s as Rwanda and Congo acquired their autonomy the park was partitioned and Rwanda got close to half of its unique size which is the current volcanoes national park. The park was likewise a base for a zoologist Dian Fossey who invested the majority of her energy with the gorillas before she was killed.

Rwanda confronted difficult situations during the conflict which generally impacted the travel industry in this way in a bid to support/patch up protection and gorilla safaris in volcanoes national park, the yearly child naming service for child gorillas known as “Kwita Izina” was presented in 2005.
The park is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, huge number of bird species, vertebrates.

Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is a home to 11 habituated mountain gorilla families specifically;

Titus family; Titus who is the head [silver back] of this family was brought into the world during the times of Dian Fossey, he lost all his relatives to poachers however he made due.

Amahoro family; amahoro implies tranquility and this plainly portrays the gathering which is known for being quiet. The gathering comprises of 18 individuals including 2 silver backs and to see them you need to climb up mount Bisoke.

Umubano family; “umubano” signifies living respectively, this gathering split away from amahoro subsequent to running constant clashes of the two chiefs Charles and ubumwe over the incomparability. Charles succeeded and took a few individuals with him, the gathering has 13 individuals and 2 silver backs.

Sabinyo family; this is the closest and least demanding to follow on the inclines of mount Gahinga and sabinyo and well known for goliath silver back Guhonda has pursued away Ryango silverback out of the family. The gathering presently comprises of 13 individuals and 1 silver back.

Agashya family; at the hour of adjustment, they were just 13 individuals drove by nyakarima silver back which was later ousted by Agashya and the family has now developed to 27 individuals.

Kwitonda family; the gathering moved from DRC and is named after its predominant silverback kwitonda ”the unassuming one”. It has 23 individuals and 4 silverbacks, they live in the lower slants of mount muhabura.

Hirwa family; this was shaped in 2006 by certain individuals from sabinyo and Agashya [group 13], more others participated and presently the gathering comprises of 16 individuals. They have an exceptional component of twins and inhabit foot slopes of sabinyo and Gahinga.

Ugende family; ugende implies portable/progressing, the gathering was named after its exceptional way of behaving of moving spots in this way it is difficult to follow since it has no long-lasting home. It has 11 individuals and 2 silver backs.

Bwenge family; it was shaped in 2007 and named after its predominant silver back Bwenge, they confronted dull days when they lost 6 newborn children. This gathering lives in the slants of karisimbi and Bisoke.

SUSA group; This gathering was named after the Susa waterway, previously they were 42 individuals however later split into two gatherings of SUSA An and SUSA B karisimbi, SUSA An is notable of its twins Byishimo and impano.

Karisimbi family; [SUSA B]; a gathering that split from SUSA An out of 2008 has 16 individuals including 2 silverbacks. It’s the hardest to follow since it lives in the upper slants of mount karisimbi.

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