Gorilla Trekking remains one of the most magical and rewarding wildlife experiences in the natural world, one that I know is high on the wish list of Uganda’s tourists. An estimated 880 mountain gorillas are remaining on earth, approximately 480 of which reside in Bwindi National Park.
Some background information abour Oruzogo Gorilla Family
|Oruzogo mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda|
Oruzogo gorilla group is located in Ruhija together with Bitukura,and Kyaguriro (which is the gorilla family dedicated purely for research). This gorilla family can be trekked from Buhoma or Ruhija. The group consists of 16 individuals including 1 dominant silverback (named Tibirikwata) and two babies that were recently born. Although the sex of the two babies is yet to be established, the proud mothers are the cute adult females Birungi and Mutesi. The new babies join the posse of other infants Buchura and Kanywani who is Kakobe’s baby.
Naming all the 16 individuals save for the three infants who are currently known by their mothers’ identities like Mutesi baby or Birungi baby was completed before it was availed for tracking in 2012.
Other individuals in the group include Busungu(Meaning short tampered),Kashundwe, Nyakiina,Kaganga (the giant one),Otaka,Bwoba(the coward) Karimi (tongue) Kiromba, KLatooto (the small one) Kanywani(meaning friendly,Kakobe who looks like a monkey and Buchura referring to the youngest or last born before the two newest babies came forth.
On my big day, I was up at 6:30AM to join the UWA team into the forest. Bwindi is nicknamed the ‘impenetrable forest’, and I’ve got to say that it’s easy to see why; at times it was literally impossible to make your way through the vegetation, even with the trackers carving a path for us with their machetes.
|Black-and-white colobus monkeys,
one of the 10 primate species in Bwindi –
Occasionally we’d tromp through an ant colony; they’d march right up my shoes and socks, under my trousers, and make their way up to my boxer shorts before biting.
|A mountain gorilla resting in trees of Bwindi
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