Gorilla Groups

What gorilla groups can I see in Rwanda?

There are ten habituated gorilla families, (Sabinyo, Amahoro, Umubano, Susa, Kwitonda, Karisimbi, Agashya, Bwenge, Ugyenda and Hirwa). Most groups are half-day walks but Susa can take all day. Tracking here is usually easier than at Bwindi as the afro-montane forest is lighter.

There are eight permits available daily for each group and each permit costs U$750 per permit, per person. Every group is different, some with large numbers in the group, others smaller and given the habitat and terrain, it is unlikely you will see the groups in their entirety all at once!

Group NameMembersSilverbacksNotes
Sabyinyo x12 x2Sabyinyo means 'old man's teeth'.
Amahoro x17 x1Amahoro means 'peaceful'.
Umubano x11 x1Umubano means 'live together'.
Susa x28 x3named after the Susa River. It was the largest gorilla group before it split into two
Kwitonda x18 x2Kwitonda means 'humble one'.
Karisimbi x15 Split from the Susa family - always stays on the slopes of Karisimbi Volcano.
Agasha x25 x2Agasha means 'the news'.
Bwenge x10 x1Bwenge means 'brightness'.
Ugyenda x11 x1Ugyenda means 'departure'.
Hirwa x12 x1Hirwa means 'lucky one'.

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