Gorilla tracking in Rushaga sector is a gateway to discovering the awe-inspiring world of these magnificent creatures. Situated within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rushaga sector boasts the largest concentration of gorilla families in the entire park, making it a prime destination for gorilla enthusiasts.
For those eager to embark on a gorilla tracking adventure in the Rushaga sector, securing permits is the key to this extraordinary experience. As the largest sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rushaga offers a total of 56 gorilla permits available for purchase every day.
To obtain a gorilla tracking permit for the Rushaga sector, you can rely on Uganda Wildlife Authority or opt for the expertise of Trek Africa Tours. When you confirm your safari with us, we ensure the acquisition of gorilla permits, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable journey into the world of these magnificent creatures.
Reaching the remarkable Rushaga sector is an adventure in itself. This region can’t be easily accessed by air travel, as it entails a scenic two-hour drive from the nearest airstrip located in Kisoro. The journey through lush landscapes and captivating terrain sets the stage for the gorilla encounter of a lifetime.
Named after the nearby river with its distinctive honey-colored waters, the Nshongi gorilla group stands out for its substantial size. This family welcomed its first visitors in September 2009, offering a unique opportunity to observe a large and thriving gorilla community.
Silverback Mishaya, a prominent member of the Nshongi group, embarked on his journey to establish his own family in July 2010. Known for his spirited nature and tendency to engage with other gorilla families, Mishaya successfully attracted females from neighboring groups to expand his family. In April 2011, he faced a fierce encounter with a non-habituated gorilla family, resulting in significant injuries to himself and a 2-year-old infant. The dedicated efforts of veterinarians from the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project ensured their recovery.
Among the more recent habituated gorilla families in Bwindi National Park, the Kahungye group opened its doors to tourists in October 2011. However, within a year, this family experienced a split, giving rise to a new family known as Busingye.
Initially, the Nshongi family held the distinction of being the largest habituated gorilla group. Nevertheless, in July 2010, Silverback Mishaya decided to forge his own path. Two years later, Bweza, another silverback, followed suit, opting for a separate journey. While there was initial speculation that they might reunite, it became evident that the split was permanent. This “new” group became accessible to tourists in December 2012.
In a parallel narrative within the same sector, another gorilla family embarked on a separate journey. Silverback Busingye, known for his ambition and legendary conflicts with other gorilla groups, chose to break away from the Kahungye group in June 2012. The name “Busingye” translates to “peace,” a somewhat surprising choice considering this ambitious silverback’s penchant for displaying his dominance. Upon encountering a wild family, Busingye doesn’t hesitate to assert his power by adding a female to his own family.