HOW MANY GORILLA FAMILIES ARE IN THE BUHOMA SECTOR OF BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Buhoma Sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park was ranked as the most rewarding sector for mountain gorilla trekking out of the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is among the top-visited tourist destinations in Africa because it harbors half of the world's total remaining mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in the Buhoma sector is an attractive tourism activity that begins with an early morning briefing about the rules and regulations of mountain gorilla trekking, then you are allocated to a gorilla group to start your trekking accompanied by a professional park ranger into the dense tropical forests. Buhoma sector gorilla trekking can be done in 4 habituated gorilla groups.
The Mubare gorilla family was the first gorilla family habituated in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in 1991. The Mubare gorilla group got its name after Mubare hills, where it was first seen by trekkers. The Mubare gorilla group has only 12 members, including Ruhondeza, the dominant silverback.
The Habinyanja gorilla family was named from a Rukiga word, Nyanja, meaning "a water pond," where they were first sighted by the trekkers. Habinyanja Gorilla Group was habituated in 1997 and opened for tourism officially in 1999. Habinyanja had 30 gorilla members, including Mugurusi, the dominant silverback.
Rushegura gorilla family split from Habinyanja gorilla family in 2002 under Mwirima's leadership, who separated with 8 members and ended up forming Rushegura gorilla group, which is now headed by Kabukojo Silverback after Mwirima’s death in 2014, and Rushegura group has 16 members.
The Katwe gorilla family is the newest habituated gorilla family in the Buhoma sector for gorilla trekking. The Katwe gorilla family has seven members, with one silverback, four adults, females, and two babies.