Number of gorilla families in Uganda

Uganda is a home to huge concentration of habituated families that account for over 21 of them that have been set for trekking, habituation experience and research. This translates into 168 gorilla permits that are available for booking. 20 of these families are in Bwindi National Park, all of which are distributed within the 4 main trailheads-Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga area.

Families in Buhoma sector of Bwindi National Park

Mubare gorilla familyRusheguraKatweHabinyanja

Groups in Ruhija sector

Mukiza gorilla familyOruzogo familyKyaguliro familyBitukura group

Groups in Rushaga sector

Mucunguzi group, Kutu family, Mishaya gorilla family, Rwingi, Nshongi, Busingye, Kahungye, Bweza and Bikingi gorilla family.

Groups in Nkuringo area

Nkuringo gorilla group, Christmas and Bushaho

Note, Nyakagezi gorilla family is the only habituated family set for tourism in Mgahinga National Park. Visitors can be refunded 50 percent of the trekking fee in case he or she is ill and this can be done through recommendation of warden in charge and it applies to visitors who have already trekked gorillas in Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga National Park.

In Rwanda, gorilla permits are issued by Rwanda Development Board and permits cost $1500 per person per day. You can obtain gorilla permit in Rwanda through tour operator or through the RDB reservationist. Volcanoes National Park comprises of 10 habituated families which translates to 80 gorilla permits. The habituated families to trek in Volcanoes National Park include the Susa A, Susa B, Kwitonda, Bwenge, Ugenda, Umubano, Amahoro, Agashya and Sabyinyo gorilla families.