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Busingye Gorilla Group: An Insight into Bwindi’s Remarkable Primates

The Busingye Gorilla Family can be trekked from the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The group was formed in August 2012 when the silverback Busingye challenged another silverback in the Kahungye gorilla family to start his own family.

The Busingye Gorilla Family is composed of 9 members, including 1 silverback, 5 blackbacks, and 3 infants.

The group was named after the silverback Busingye, a word that means “peace” in the local language.

However, the name Busingye is ironic, as he is always found fighting other gorilla groups to grab some members to add to his own gorilla family at all costs and to protect his family from other wild gorillas.

The best way to meet this group is by booking gorilla trekking from Kigali tours.

Other Popular Gorilla Families in Rushaga sector of Bwindi include:

  • Kahungye Gorilla Family. The Kahungye Gorilla Family was opened up for trekking in 2011 and is one of the gorilla families in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi National Park. Kahungye derives its name from Kahungye hills in Bwindi, where the group was first sighted by trekkers. The family had a total of 27 members at the time of habituation but later split when Busingye broke off to start his own gorilla family, now known as the Busingye Gorilla Family.
  • Bweza Gorilla Family. The Bweza Gorilla Family is a splinter of the famous Nshongi gorilla family, which was the largest habituated gorilla family in Bwindi before Mishaya moved away with some individuals to form his own gorilla family. Bweza also followed suit after two years, taking away some individuals to form his own gorilla family.
  • Mishaya Gorilla Family. The Mishaya Gorilla Family was formed when the silverback Mishaya broke away from the Nshongi gorilla family to start his own gorilla family. Silverback Mishaya was known to be very ambitious and always fought other gorilla families to grab some members for his own family. Mishaya was once injured by a non-habituated gorilla family silverback when he attempted to grab some individuals from that family. Mishaya was found dead one morning, and the cause of his death was unclear. Mwiine succeeded Mishaya and now dominates the family.

Gorilla Permits

Uganda gorilla permits cost $700 per person if you want to trek the Busingye Gorilla Family, and gorilla habituation permits cost $1500 per person.

Though habituation permits are expensive, the reward is worth it as you get to spend more time with mountain gorillas compared to gorilla trekking.


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