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We take this opportunity to announce new gorilla families in Bwindi, Christmas group and Katwe gorilla group Impenetrable National Park. Encounter Africa safaris prides herself in providing accurate and timely information about gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda and we are always doing lots of research about mountain gorillas in order to keep our audience updated. The new gorilla groups in Bwindi included Christmas gorilla family in Mkuringo and Katwe gorilla family in Buhoma region respectively. New gorilla families in Bwindi (Christmas and Katwe) brings the total number of gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to 17 families making Bwindi impenetrable National Park the park with the highest number of habituatied mountain gorilla families in the whole world

With the introduction of new gorilla families in Bwindi, gorilla families have now increased from 15 to 17 gorilla groups meaning that 136 gorilla permits are available to be reserved and booked for gorilla trekking activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. If you book on any gorilla tour packaged by Encounter Africa safaris, we will book your gorilla permit at no extra cost. Check out our 3 day gorilla tour from Entebbe or b. You can also visit our 5 Day gorilla and Chimp or 5 Day gorilla and game safari.

New gorilla families in Bwindi-Christmas and Katwe groups

Uganda wildlife Authority announced and inaugurated new gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that have been habituated and ready for trekking or to be visited by tourists. In their official communication, Uganda wildlife Authority informed all tour operators that new gorilla families have been opened up in Nkuringo and Buhoma regions. Christmas gorilla group has been officially opened up for visiting in Nkuringo region of southern Bwindi. Christmas gorilla family brings to the number of gorilla groups in Nkuringo to three.

Gorilla groups in Nkuringo include the original group called Nkuringo, Bushawo group and Christmas. With these three gorilla group in the region, many tourists and tour operators can now book up to 24 gorilla permits per day instead of8 permits that were being booked when we only had one gorilla group in the names of Nkuringo group.

Christmas Gorilla family group in Nkuringo

The new gorilla group in Nkuringo know as Christmas gorilla family is headed by the dorminant silverback known as Christmas. According Uganda Wildlife Authority, Christmas gorilla family has 9 members with 6 members normally seen do to their love for visitors. One black back, three females and one baby have been sighted. Encounter Africa safaris will continue to bring more details about Christmas gorilla group.

New gorilla family in Buhoma, Katwe gorilla group

Another new gorilla family introduced and opened for trekking is Katwe gorilla group located in Buhoma. Buhoma region is located in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which has other three gorilla families. With Katwe gorilla group opened, four gorilla families including Mubare group (The first gorilla family to be habituated and opened for visiting in 1993), Rushegura group and Habinyanja. This therefore means that the new gorilla family in the names of Katwe gorilla group has increased the number of gorilla permits booked and reserved per day from 24 to 32 permits.

Katwe gorilla family group in Buhoma

Katwe gorilla family located in Buhoma region in the northern part of Bwindi has one dominant silverback, two babies and four adult females. Encounter Africa safaris will bring you more details on Katwe gorilla group at a later stage.

For those interested in trekking new gorilla families in Bwindi should book gorilla permits in Nkuringo and Buhoma. That means booking gorilla families in the southern part of Bwindi and Northern part of Bwindi. Once this is done, you will need to ask Uganda wildlife Authority officials on the day of trekking informing them of your interest to trek Christmas gorilla family (in Nkuringo) or Katwe gorilla group (In Buhoma). This is because gorilla family allocation is done on the day of trekking and each individual tourist requests for a gorilla family depending on his/her interest and physical fitness.

Encounter Africa safaris is one of the leading tour operators specializing in tailoring affordable gorilla and wildlife safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. We check availability, book your gorilla permits, park fees, accommodation and transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Encounter Africa safaris is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and Safari Bookings. For more information about available offers to visit Uganda, and Rwanda, do not hesitate to contact us.

For more information about new gorilla families in Bwindi as well as the old gorilla families, kindly refer to our updated gorilla trekking document that we normally send to you when you request a quote or send us an email and one of our safari designer will advise you accordingly.

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