New baby born in Mubare Gorilla family- Bwindi

November 9th, 2019

Mubare Gorilla family Bwindi
New Gorilla born in bwindi
It was great Joy too welcome the second baby gorilla born by mother Kirungi into the Mubare family yesterday 7th November 2019 three weeks after another baby gorillas was born by Musinza (one of the female gorillas in this group)on 16th October 2019. The sex of Kirungi’s the baby gorillas is yet to be established but for now both mother and the baby Gorilla are in good health.
Mubare Gorilla family is the oldest Gorilla family in Bwindi that had about 18 members under the leadership of Ruhondeeza the dominant silver back before he was dethroned and the group was taken over by another dominant silver back. Mubare group was attacked by a wild unhabituated gorilla family and took away some of its members leaving only five members.
Ruhondeza was frustrated after taking some of his members and serious fights with another black back and left to live in the nearby forest still in Bwindi. He (Ruhondeza) later died in 2013 and was given a decent burial near the park headquarters. You can ask to see where he was buried on your visit to Bwindi after your Gorilla tracking activity.
Mubare gorilla family has a total number of 9 members and has been blessed with two more baby gorillas in just one month! The family is found in the Buhoma area and is available for tracking. The sex of the two baby Gorillas is yet to be established by UWA researchers. Our team at shoebill is ready to keep you updated on such information keep following us on our Social Media and our website: and

Nyakagezi gorilla family in Mgahinga

November 4th, 2019

Nyakagezi gorilla family in Mgahinga

Nyakagezi is the only Gorilla family in Mgahinga gorilla national park in the Virunga area.
The family is dominated by a silverback known as Mark who overthrew his father Bugingo who is now about 53 years and still in the family which is unusual for mountain gorillas to stay with the family after being overthrown.
The name Nyakagezi originates from a place in the park where the group always spent their time, this gorilla family was always on the move and sometimes move far to the volcanoes national park in Rwanda and sometimes to Congo a few years ago. It was hard to track this group until last year 2018 when the family finally settled in Mgahinga and can be tracked with confidence that the family is in Mgahinga National Park.
Members of Nyakagezi gorilla family are Bugingo, Mathew, Nyiramwiza, Mafia, Nshuti, Rukundo, Mutagamba, and Nkanda all dominated by Mark. The group is fully habituated and was opened for tourism in 1994.
When visiting mount Mgahinga national park, tourists never want to miss to visit the local people. The Batwa trail reveals to you the forest people known as Batwa or pygmies-the first forest people. The Batwa lived in forests as hunter gathering for many years until they were displaced by government. Tourists enjoy learning about the lives and listen to ancient forest stories and also get entertained with local traditional dances.
A part from trekking the Nyakagezi gorilla family in Mgahinga, tourists can also go for golden monkey trekking, there are several troops of golden monkeys in park that have been habituated for tracking. Golden monkeys live in the Virunga mountains which includes Mgahinga and Volcanoes national parks. Golden monkeys are tracked at $100 per person and their permits are acquired from UWA headquarters or at the park headquarters in Kisoro. They are well known for their playful character as they go about their daily business.