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Susa Gorilla Group: History, Members & Silverback Details

Mountain gorillas are an endangered species of primates inhabiting the Virunga range volcanoes straddling across Uganda, Democratic republic of Congo, Rwanda and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in south western Uganda.

Mountain gorillas are a unique species of apes in that they share 98% of their DNA with humans making them close relatives hence the reason thousands of tourists travel to Africa every years to encounter the endangered close relatives.

Susa gorilla family

Susa mountain gorilla family is one of the groups that the famous primatologist Dian Fossey studied during her research about mountain gorillas in Rwanda, Dian Fossey and her team first discovered the group in 1978Susa mountain gorilla family derives its name from Susa river in Bwindi that runs through an area where the family lives.

Susa mountain gorilla family is one of the hardest mountain gorilla family to trek because they sometimes move to higher elevations making it hard to trek, this group always seen interacting with Pablo mountain gorilla family given the fact that some females from Pablo joined Susa gorilla family and those from Susa joined Pablo gorilla family. If you need some physical challenge while trekking gorillas then this is one of the groups you can trek.

Susa mountain gorilla family is also one of the luckiest mountain gorilla groups to have twins, if you have twins in your family or perhaps you’re a twin then you share something in common with Susa gorilla family and it would be interesting to visit

Gorilla permits

Mountain gorilla permits in Rwanda cost $1500 per person per trekking, this permits can be obtained from Rwanda Development Board or through a trusted tour company. Persons with infectious diseases and children under the age of 15 years will not be allowed to trek mountain gorillas.

Where to sleep

There are various accommodation options in volcanoes national park ranging from camping, budget, mid range and luxury. Where to sleep will always depend on the visitors budget and availability of space in a hotel on a given date.

Best time to visit.

Volcanoes national park can be visited all year round but the best time is from June to September and December to February when the weather is favorable, it should be noted that Susa mountain gorilla family stays on higher elevations making it hard to trek gorillas so you must visit in the dry season when the trekking trails are in good condition.

What to bring.

Trekking mountain gorillas is quite an exciting experience not like taking game drives and watching wildlife while in a car, Gorilla trekking needs one to be physically fit and at the same time you need to come along with water proof hiking boots, garden gloves, plenty of drinking water, energy snacks, warm long sleeved  clothes, rain coats, walking stick, back pack, insect repellents, sun glasses, hats and so much more. There also potters available at the park headquarters who you can hire to help carry your luggage.

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