Mukiza Gorilla Group Gets a New Baby

October 19th, 2020


Gorilla trekking has become more impressive in Uganda, Bwindi National Park received a new baby Gorilla last week on 11th October 2020. The birth in Mukiza gorilla group is one of the many births that occurred in the impenetrable forest during the Covid 19 lockdown. It is believed that the lockdown gave a great time to these forest giants to relax and reproduce without the daily stress of people coming to their faces. The mother of the new baby is an adult female known as Mwijukye who is in a good state with the new born baby Gorilla. this elevates the number of individuals in Mukiza group to 15 in number.
Mukiza Gorilla family
Mukiza was part of the Kyaguriro gorilla group before splitting up to form this new family. The split up was from an aggressive migrant silverback know to be Rukara came to the group and caused a lot of trouble to the leader Mukiza at that time. Mukiza then left Kyaguriro with a number of other family members making a separate group in May 2016. Mukiza group was originally set aside for research and is now available for the Habituation Experience. Mukiza is one of the Gorilla families in Ruhija Sector of Bwindi.
Ruhija Sector of Bwindi National Park
Ruhija sector is in the Eastern part of the park and is known for the highest number of mountain Gorillas. Ruhija is one of the most accessible areas of the for anybody interested in Gorilla tracking and Habituation experience. Some of the Gorilla families include; Oruzogo, Bitukura, Kyaguriro A, Kyaguriro B and Mukiza.
Ruhija can be accessed through Buhoma and can also be accessed by air from Entebbe airport to Kihiihi Airstrip. This would save you time as a visitor especially if you have limited time or if you are not interested in traveling long hours by road.
OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO AT BWINDI
Batwa Cultural Experience
The Batwa are the former indigenous people of the forest who lived there before the forest was gazetted as a national reserve in 1991. The batwa trail will lead you to this most amazing culture in the neighborhood of Bwindi impenetrable forest. The Batwa guides will lead you to this reality of these forest people. You will be introduced to their local herbs and their survival tactics of hunting.
Golden Monkey tracking
Golden monkeys are found in the neighboring Mgahinga Gorilla Park in the neighboring district of Kisoro. Tracking the monkeys is more/less like tracking the mountain Gorillas. The monkeys live in the high Virunga ranges of Mgahinga.
Lake Bunyonyi
Bunyonyi is believed to be the deepest Lake in Africa located in the south western part of Uganda in the Kabale district. This small lake interestingly has 29 islands on it that can be toured on a boat with a highly trained guide.
What to carry for Gorilla Tracking
• Hiking boots
The hiking boots are meant to help you hike with ease through the rough terrain of the thick vegetation of Bwindi Park.
• Pair of Binoculars
The Binoculars are meant to help you zoom images of the wildlife from a far, they enable you have a closer view of the Gorillas that be a little far or high in the trees.
• Camera and extra Batteries
Watching the Gorillas will leave you with memories and these memories are kept in images and videos you record with your camera. The extra batteries will help in case your camera battery runs out.
• Rain Jacket
Gorillas live in the rain forests where the weather is so unpredictable and can rain anytime of the day, your rain court will save you from getting wet.
• Sun Glasses
The glasses will help protect your eyes from the direct sun rays into your eyes on a hot day.
• Hat
You will need a hat to protect your head from the hot sun as you track the Mountain Gorillas.
• Long Sleeved Clothes
You will need long sleeved short/blouse/t-shirts to protect your arms from the itchy forest vegetation.
• Long Trousers
You will need the long trousers to keep your legs safe from the thorny and itchy ground vegetation during the Gorilla trekking experience.
• Walking Stick
The slippery forest trails will need you to have a walking stick to give you extra support especially as you hike the mountains.
• Water and Snacks
You will need to carry enough water and snacks to avoid starving on the way, Tracking the Gorillas may take more time than anticipated.

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New baby gorilla in Buhoma Bwindi National Park Uganda

September 2nd, 2020

4th Baby Gorilla born in Bwindi National Park as the welcome the 4th baby in a short period of two Months. The Covid break could have given the Gorillas enough time to bond together with less stress of the presence of visitors everyday giving them.
The new baby was born in Buhoma Sector in the Rushegura Gorilla Group and was born to mother Kabande. This new baby is Kabamde’s 5th surviving off spring and elevates her status in the group as the leading female Gorilla.
This is the second birth in this Gorilla group in a short period and makes the number of this gorilla family 17 individuals. UWA announced the new baby Gorilla on the 28th, August 2020 and the baby had been born on 27th, August 2020.
About the Rushegura Family.
Rushegura is located strategically near the park headquarters just about 15 minutes’ drive to the trail head to track the family. You may choose to start tracking from the park headquarters or drivew to the exact trail head in just 15 minutes. Rushegura is one of the 20 gorilla families in Uganda, 19 in Bwindi and one Gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla National park. It is located in the Buhoma Sector and was formed after separating from the Habiyanja family due to misunderstandings and fights in 1992. Rushegura was immediately opened for tracking since the family had been habituated in the previous group Habiyanja.
Rushegura was named after the place where this Gorilla group separated from the main group Habiyanja in February 2002. the group now has a total number of 18 members after the birth of the new Gorillas in a very short period of time.
Rushegura gorilla family was under the leadership of the late Mwirima (Silverback) who was not happy with Rwansigazi his brother who used to take the family (Habiyanja) far away for feeding. This led to displeasure since Mwirima was grown and broke off with some members to form his own family. Mwirima later died in 2014 and Rushegura family was left under the leadership of a dominant blackback.
The group was also known for crossing to Congo but has now finally settled in the Bwindi forest and is always available for tracking.
Other Gorilla families in the Buhoma sector include;
Mubare, Habiyanja, Bitukura, Katwe and Binyindo Gorilla families and are all available for tracking throught the year.