Located in the slopes of mount Bisoke, Ugenda is one of the habituated gorilla families in Volcanoes National park. The name “Ugenda” is derived from the continuous movements of this gorilla family which makes its trekking quite difficult and challenging compared to other gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park. “Ugenda” is a Rwanda local word that translates “mobile”. For those who have trekked Ugenda gorilla family before, the family is one of the challenging gorilla families in Rwanda. Trekking to see Ugenda gorilla family is an adventurous experience you ought to experience. Just like visiting in other gorilla families, trekking to see Ugenda gorilla family starts at the park headquarters with a pre gorilla trekking briefing. Travelers are required to report to kinigi park headquarters as early as 7:00 am for registration and briefing. Trekking to see Ugenda gorilla family starts at 8:00 am lasting for between 30 minutes to a full day. Travelers are however assured of meeting the gorillas at the end of the trek. The time spent trekking Ugenda gorilla family depends on the location of the gorilla’s family and the hiking abilities of travelers. Ugenda gorilla family comprises of 11 members including 2 silverbacks, adult females, black backs, juveniles, and infants. Each family member plays a different role to keep the group active and lively. Ugenda gorilla family is normally seen by travelers hiking Mount Bisoke
Cost of Trekking Ugenda gorilla family
Each day, a group of 8 travelers is allowed to visit and trek Ugenda gorilla family. Therefore, 8 gorilla permits are available every day for those who want to visit Ugenda gorilla family. Each gorilla family costs $1500 bought directly with Rwanda Development Board or Gorilla Trek Africa, the ultimate gorilla safari company in Rwanda and the whole of East Africa. Gorilla permit booking ad reservations is required at least 6 months in advance due to the high demand for Rwanda gorilla tours. Gorilla permit issuing is on first come first serve basis.
When is the best time to visit Ugenda gorilla family?
The dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, August, December, January and February is the best time to visit and trek Ugenda gorilla family. The fact that Ugenda flotilla family is located in the slopes of Mount Bisoke, trekking through is easy and less difficult in the dry season. The dry season is also the best time for photography. However, Ugenda gorilla family can also be visited during the wet season between the months of March, April, May, and November. During this time, travelers enjoy discounted offers from service providers majorly hotels and travel companies.
What to pack for Trekking Ugenda gorilla Family?
For a successful and enjoyable Ugenda gorilla trek, travelers are advised to pack the right attire to avoid difficulty. The packing list for trekking Ugenda gorilla family include:
• Hiking boots/shoes for easy movements through slippery and muddy forest grounds
• Gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorny bushes and stinging nettles
• Hat for your head and hair for ladies
• Scarf and sweater to provide you with warmth
• Sunglasses for your eyes
• Hiking stick to provide you with support and ensure easy hiking
• Rain jacket for protection from unpredictable forest weather
• Bottled drinking water
• Energy giving snacks to keep you strong throughout the hiking
Reminder: A porter is very recommended for a less challenging gorilla trekking adventure. Porters are local people who help to carry traveler’s baggage and offer a helping hand during the trek.
Other gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park
In addition to Ugenda Gorilla family, Volcanoes National park is home to more 9 gorilla groups habituated for trekking. Altogether, Rwanda is home to 10 gorilla families which guarantee travelers availability of 80 gorilla permits available every day. Other gorilla families in Volcanoes National park include:
1. Susa A Gorilla Family
2. Karisimbi Gorilla Family
3. Sabyinyo Gorilla Family
4. Kwitonda gorilla group
5. Amahoro Gorilla Family
6. Titus Gorilla Family
7. Umubano Gorilla Family
8. Agashya Gorilla Group
9. Ugenda Gorilla Group
10. Hirwa Gorilla Family (currently living in Mgahinga gorilla National Park Uganda).
In general, Ugenda gorilla family is a fascinating gorilla family to visit in Volcanoes National Park. Book your Rwanda gorilla safari today, visit Ugenda gorilla family and enjoy this memorable experience.