Nestled within the illustrious Volcanoes National Park in Northern Rwanda, the Amahoro gorilla family graces the landscape as one of the habituated gorilla groups. Within the sanctuary of Volcanoes National Park, home to a total of 10 gorilla families, the Amahoro group stands as a testament to peace, as its name “Amahoro” translates from Kinyarwanda to “peace.” This moniker resonates with the gentle and composed nature that defines this remarkable gorilla family, leaving a profound impact on those fortunate enough to trek alongside them.
Guiding the Amahoro gorilla family is Ubumwe, a noble silverback whose very name embodies the spirit of togetherness. “Ubumwe” translates to unity in Kinyarwanda, reflecting the heartening essence of this giant mountain gorilla. Ubumwe’s reserved demeanor has led to both unity within his family and a unique connection with human observers. His peaceful disposition, however, has also led to challenges as he refrains from confrontations with other silverbacks, resulting in the departure of members from his family to other groups.
The Amahoro gorilla family finds solace amidst the lower slopes of the Bisoke Volcano, occasionally venturing to higher altitudes. This serene enclave offers a tranquil habitat for this unique family, though reaching them is no small feat. The journey to the Amahoro family entails a substantial hike, often demanding resilience and determination from trekkers. The allure of encountering such a peaceful and humble group amidst the rugged terrain of Bisoke proves to be a compelling draw for adventurers.
Comprising a total of 17 individuals, the Amahoro family is a living tapestry of gorilla life. Among them, Ubumwe stands as the silverback leader, accompanied by 2 black backs, 5 adult females, 4 babies, and 5 juveniles. However, this composition is dynamic, constantly shifting due to factors such as births, migrations, and even losses. The ever-changing makeup of the Amahoro family adds to the intrigue and unpredictability of encounters with these majestic creatures.
Trekking the Amahoro gorilla family is not for the faint of heart, as it demands effort and resilience. The path to their habitat on the slopes of Mount Bisoke can be challenging, especially during the rainy seasons when slippery trails and dense undergrowth test trekkers. However, the journey is rewarded with an encounter that transcends challenges, offering a profound interaction with one of the most peaceful and harmonious gorilla families in existence.
Embarking on a trek to meet the Amahoro gorilla family requires dedication and purpose. Only a maximum of 8 individuals aged 15 and above are granted the privilege to venture into their realm. The gorilla permit required for this transformative experience is valued at $1500 per person per trek. As the dry months from June to October and December to February roll around, the environment becomes more conducive for this journey, enhancing the opportunity to forge a unique connection with the Amahoro family.
Trek Africa Tours, a beacon of expertise in the realm of primate safaris, extends an invitation to embark on a journey of serenity and connection. Specializing in Rwanda primate safaris to Volcanoes National Park, we pave the way for travelers to embrace the challenges, the rewards, and the profound moments that await in the presence of the Amahoro gorilla family. Contact us to secure your passage to an encounter that resonates with the heart and soul of this tranquil group.