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Habituated gorilla families in Rwanda

Habituated gorilla families in Rwanda

Rwanda has a unique wildlife population that includes the famous mountain gorilla, making it a must-visit destination for gorilla trekking tours. One crucial aspect of planning your trip to Rwanda is understanding the habituated gorilla families in the country.

Habituated gorilla families are groups of mountain gorillas that have become accustomed to human presence through a process of habituation, which takes two to three years. Researchers and rangers regularly visit these gorillas to familiarize them with human presence. Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families living in the Virunga Massif, a range of extinct volcanoes that borders Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 10 habituated gorilla families in Rwanda are the Susa, Amahoro, Sabyinyo, Umubano, Kwitonda, Hirwa, Ugenda, Bwenge, Titus, and Pablo groups. Each group has its own unique characteristics and personalities, with varying numbers of individuals.

While all habituated gorilla families offer a unique experience, some are better suited for trekking than others. The Susa group, with 28 members, is the largest and most challenging to trek, while the Titus group, with eight members, is the most remote and requires a longer hike to reach. On the other hand, the Amahoro, Kwitonda, and Hirwa groups are generally considered the most peaceful and easiest to trek.

To make the most of your gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda, it’s important to choose the habituated gorilla family that best fits your interests and physical abilities. Seeing these gentle giants up close in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.

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