The Nshongi gorilla family is one of the twelve habituated gorilla families that are found in destination Bwindi explored on gorilla safaris in Uganda. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the largest mountain gorilla habitat not only in Uganda and the region but also at the international level.
Nshongi gorilla family with a count of eighteen (18) members
features a considerable rich history basing from its status of being the
largest group of mountain gorillas ever been habituated. The travelers
planning to take gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda
are always taken by the writings about Nshongi gorilla group prompting
them to develop immense desire to track it once they are in Uganda.
Positioned in Rushaga to the Bwindi south another region in Bwindi where gorilla trekking in Uganda
is also conducted, Nshongi gorilla family is part of the five gorilla
groups that mark the area. Being the founding family and the base for
these other gorilla families of Mishaya, Bweza, Busigye and Kahungye,
Nshongi gorilla group is very respected and historical.
gorilla group at the time of habitation had over 36 members and the
intense habituation experience saw the group introduced for tracking in
the month of September the year 2009. The group derives its name from
Nshongi river where it was first spotted. The male Silverback took over
the name Nshongi and maintained the dominancy of the group.
many gorilla groups of its caliber, the Nshongi gorilla group could not
hold together anymore beyond July 2010 when the Mishaya Silverback
decided to separate to form the Mishaya gorilla family that is
apparently explored on Uganda gorilla safaris
reducing the former group to 26 members. The separation of Mishaya
opened the doors for other members and in the year 2013, the Bweza
Silverback also separated to establish the Bweza gorilla group with a
count of 10 members which reduced the Nshongi group to the 18 member
Tracking Nshongi gorilla group on gorilla safari in Uganda
requires you to buy the Uganda gorilla permit for Rushaga region from
the Uganda Wildlife Authority standing at $600 for the foreign
nonresident and the $500 for the foreign resident and then 250,000/= for
the citizens of the member states of the East African community and its
encounter commences from 8am at the park headquarters and the duration
may range from 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements.
Interestingly, the gorilla group thrives in verdant vegetative region
that offers chances for exploring other Primate species, butterflies and
a myriad of birds.