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Agashya Gorilla Group Location, Members & Silverback Name

Agashya mountain gorilla family also known as group 13 initially had 13 members at the time of habituation but the number increased to 25 individuals with 3 black backs, 12 females, 7 infants and 3 juveniles and 1 silverback. The word Agashya is translated to mean “special” in the local languages.

Nyakairima was the dominating silverback before being over thrown by an ambitious silverback Agashya who took over the group’s leadership. Agashya moved with the family to the higher mountain range to avoid disruption from other silverbacks, he’s also well known of grabbing members from other gorilla families to expand his own.

The name Agashya is derived from a local Kinyarwanda word to mean “News”. Agashya gorilla family together with Sabinyo gorilla family inhabit the slopes of mount Sabinyo one of the Virunga range volcanoes.

Numbers in gorilla families keep on changing because of death, new birth and other gorillas moving to other groups or when another silverback decides to form his own gorilla family and grabs some members from the group.

If your security conscious, then Agashya gorilla family is the group to trek while on a gorilla safari in Rwanda though it can be hard to trek a times when Agashya decides to take the group to high elevations.

Gorilla permits

Gorilla permits are cards issued by Rwanda development board giving permission for one to access mountain gorillas, permits cost $1500 per person and can only be given to people of 15 years and above. People with communicable diseases like flu will not be allowed to trek gorillas.

What to carry

Gorilla trekking requires one to be physically fit and takes about 2-8 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family. One should pack water proof hiking boots, garden gloves, insect repellents, plenty of drinking water, energy snacks, warm long sleeved clothes and rain coat.

Best time to visit

Volcanoes national park can be visited all year round but some months are better than the rest so the best time to visit is from June to September and December to February when the weather is favorable and the trekking trails are in good condition. The wet season makes trekking hard as the trails become muddy and slippery.


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