Tap to inquire

Full List of Congo Gorilla Families in Virunga National Park

Congo is one of the three countries in the world gifted with the endangered mountain gorillas, the famous Virunga national park is home to these apes sharing 95% DNA with humans. Congo has got eight habituated  gorilla families which can be seen below.

Bageni gorilla geoup

Bageni mountain gorilla family is found in Bukima and Gatovu sections of Virunga national park, this is the largest mountain gorilla family in Virunaga with 26 individual and this group is a splinter of Kabirizo gorilla family. Bageni the dominating silverback broke away from Kabirizi family to sartt up his own group.

Nyakamwe gorilla family

This group was formed when the dominating silverback Nyakamwe broke a way from his family Humba to start up his own in 2014. This group has got 11 members and  can be trekked in Bukima area of Virunga national park.

Munyaga gorilla family

Munyaga gorilla family is composed of only 7 members dominated by Gasore, though the group has only 7 individuals visitors like to trek it because its one of the lucky groups with a set of twins from Bilali. The group derives its name from its former leader Munyaga who was succeeded by Mazawo who was also succeeded by Gasore.

Lulengo gorilla family

This group can be trekked in Jomba area of the park near the Uganda Congo border. The family is composed of 9 members dominated by the silverback Lulengo.Lulengo gorilla family was at first called Musekura gorilla family but the name changed in memory of a park director who lost his life on a land mine.

Mapuwa gorilla family

Mapuwa gorilla family is also located in Jomba near Uganda and Congo border, the dominating silverback was Mapuwa before the current one Mvuyekure took over the group. The group is composed of 22 members.

Rugendo gorilla family

Rugendo gorilla family is one of the oldest habituted gorilla families in  Virunga national park, the group was named after the silverback Rugendo that was dominating at the time of habituation but its now dominated by Bukima. Rugendo led the group with 18 members until Humba his son broke off with 10 members to form his own gorilla family, Rugendo died during clashes between Congolese army and Rwanda rebels.

Humba gorilla family

Humba gorilla family was formed when Humba fought with his father Rugendo and grabbed a way 10 members to start up his own gorilla family in 1998. Later Nyakamwe broke away from this group to start his own family. RBIs group can be trekked within Gatovu and Bikengi sectors of the park.

Kabirizi gorilla family

Kabirizi gorilla family can be trekked from Bukima section near Goma, the group derived its name from Kabirizi a ICNN director who died in a traffic accident, this group was at first dominated by Ndugutse and tbr name was also Ndugutse before it changed to Kabirizi.Ndugutse was shot in 1997 after being caught in a cross fire between Rwandan rebels and Congo government. A wild lone gorilla Kabirizi took over the group after Ndugutses death.

Book your dream safari below.


    Your Name


    Your Email

    WhatsApp Number

    Length of Tour

    No. of People

    Date of Travel



    Special Requests

    How did you find us

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Featured in:

    Do you need to visit multiple destinations or need to customize a trip to match your interests? We are very open to this and are willing to help. Kindly click to inquire below to navigate to the detailed booking page.

    National Geographic
    Gorilla Doctors
    Dian Fossey
    Dian Fossey
    Fauna & Flora
    Uganda Safari Guides Association
    Uganda Wildlife Authority
    Uganda Wildlife Educational Center
    Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities
    Tourism Uganda

    Why you should choose us?

    We are beautiful one day and perfect the next! Book with us and book it out of here!


    Who we are

    We are a passion-drive travel agency that will make you love Africa even more than us.

    Read more

    Booking with us

    We offer very flexible booking terms that you'll love. We make it easy for you to book or reschedule your trips.

    Read more

    Our promise to you

    We promise you make you fall in love with Africa through our tailor-made safari holidays

    Read more

    Values & commitments

    We are commited to offering you the best service as possible. Your experience & comfort always comes first.

    Read more

    Our cause

    A small portion of our profits proceeds towards supporting single mothers in local communities.

    Read more

    How we work

    To offer a more rewarding way to travel, we do stuff the right way; right from the planning process.

    We pay attention

    We will spend time and pay attention to your expectations, then propose an experience that you might like.

    We complement

    Next we will discuss our selected options, point out the best safaris for you and make awesome recommendations.

    We hold your booking

    We will tentatively hold your booking and make reservations while we talk through the safari details or make changes.

    Speak to an expert to start planning your African safari holiday...

    Give a call to one of our specialists or arrange a video meeting/session for awesome ideas and safari advice.

    +256 787 23 0575
    Eddie Safari Guide
    Ronnie Safari Guide