Nyakagezi Gorilla Family

Nyakagezi Gorilla Family is the only outstanding habituated gorilla group found in Mgahinga Gorilla National park that has been habituated for travelers to Visit. This is the only fully habituated gorilla family that offers to visitors a great chance to trek the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild.

Since each gorilla family is composed of its own members, the Nyakagezi is comprised of 9 members led by silverback there are four silver backs, 2 infants, 2 adult females, 1 Juvenile. The dominant silverback is called Mark who took over leadership from his father known as Bugingo. Other members include Mafia and Mathew known as silverbacks, Nyiramwiza and Nshuti are adult females, Nkanda ‘’Juvenile’ ’Mutagamba and Rukundo ‘’infant’’.

Interestingly, Bugingo which is the oldest silverback is now 54years old and more and it is amazing that Bugingo still lives within the family. Yet in most cases when the dormant silverback is overthrown he dies in isolation or looks for refuge from other gorilla families but Bugingo amazes a lot. For example, in the Mubare group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, after Kanyonyi took over leadership from Ruhondeza then later left the group and lived in a solitary life until he passed away.

Facts about Nyakagezi Family

Nyakagezi gorilla family is found in the south-western part of Uganda, the only famous gorilla group found in Mgahinga gorilla national park. The gorilla family sits in renowned slopes of the three Virunga Volcanoes such as Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo. In Mgahinga national park there is a place called Nyakagezi area with variety of fruits that are attractive to gorillas and this is where the name ‘’Nyakagezi’’ gorilla family was derived out from. However, the Nyakagezi gorilla family is the most interesting gorilla family and the easiest family to trek due to the fact that it prefers a narrow home range for nesting, feeding, relaxing and recreation.

This gorilla family of Nyakagezi which are composed of 9 members can be easily identified by their names such as Baby Rukundo, Nvukagezi gorilla family, Nshuti, Mutagamba, Bugingo, Mark and Mathew. Nyakagezi gorilla group has been led by Silverback ‘’Bugingo’’ for some periods of time but fortunately, Mark is said to have succeeded in overthrowing his leadership.

How trek the Nyakagezi Family

The Nyakagezi Family is known as migratory gorilla family that like crossing to Democratic Republic of Congo ‘’DRC’’ and Rwanda. This Nyakagezi gorilla has for today settles in Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Uganda where visitors who visits the park are assured of the gorilla trekking expedition.

Though this gorilla group keep on migrating and border crosses over and over to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it still considered to be a gorilla family that belongs to Mgahinga national park and it is easiest to be trekked in Uganda’s Mgahinga national park because they inhabit in lower altitudes and prefer a small home range for relaxing, nesting and feeding and also because of lots of food and fruits.

The Nyakagezi gorilla family is one of the most stunning and amazing families you will encounter during a gorilla trek in Uganda because of being the only gorilla family in Mgahinga and is due to their mobile behavior and the fact is that the oldest silverback ‘’Bugingo and currently silverback live together happily.

By 2012, this gorilla group has been settled within Mgahinga Gorilla National park and the possibility of seeing these gorillas in their nature forest of Mgahinga is 95%. Now it is easier to trek this gorilla family because they have a permanent settlement unlike the way of moving from place to place. Many travelers have visited this park to get interested in trekking this group.

Due to their movements and unpredictable behaviors of this group, travelers are advised to book their gorilla permits for the Nyakagezi family group within 24hours to ascertain whether they are within the park or they have borders crossed to Congo or Rwanda. The gorilla permits of this group can be booked at Uganda wildlife Authority at Mgahinga headquarters in Ntebeko. And since is the only group in the park UWA sells only 8 gorilla permits per trek per day.

Apart from, trekking the Nyakagezi gorilla family, travelers can still participate in Golden monkey trekking because this is the only national park in Uganda where you can trek Golden monkey species, visit the Batwa trails ‘’the people who used to live in the forest with mountain gorillas’’, do birding, mountain hiking to Mt Sabyinyo, Mt Muhavura and Mgahinga.


The Nyakagezi gorilla family is the habituated gorilla group that offers ultimate gorilla safari experience to traveler who tend to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National park on Uganda gorilla trekking safari. Although is the group which tends to border cross to DRC and Rwanda but today the trek carried out in these group is quite gorgeous and leaves you with unforgettable explore in life time. Book now for your gorilla trekking permit in Nyakagezi gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla national park with us sand end up with worth encounter.