Busingye Gorilla Family

Found in Rushaga sector, this group is made up of 9 members including one lead Silverback. Busingye became a gorilla family of its own after experiencing a breakaway from the Kahungye family group. The split was initiated by Busingye the silverback who chose to break away from the main group in 2012 and form his own family.

Busingye Gorilla Family

Busingye in the local dialect is translated as ‘peace’ which is extremely surprising for Busingye is known as the most ambitious and aggressive silverbacks in all the gorilla groups in Bwindi national park. He is famously known for picking up fights with other silverbacks of other groups.

He loves to showcase his power and with each encounter with a wild gorilla family he mercilessly snatches a female or two to add to his own group. Busingye is always up for the challenge to protect his family from any intruders and will do whatever it takes to keep it intact. Busingye gorilla family is comprised of 9 members including 1 silverback, 5 black backs and 3 infants.

However, the number of mountain gorillas in a family keep changing given the new births, death, disappearance, and other gorillas splitting to form their own families. Gorilla permits to track Busingye family can be bought at UWA headquarters in Kampala, through a trusted tour operator and in Bwindi impenetrable national park headquarters at USD$600 per permit. However, buying permits on the park headquarters is discouraged and visitors are reminded to always book their gorilla permits in advance to avoid disappointments.

You are advised to arrive at the park headquarters early in the morning for a short briefing about gorilla trekking, distributed to different groups of 8 people each allocated a gorilla family to track. The briefing exercise takes about 30 minutes and you will head straight to penetrate the impenetrable.

This activity takes 1 to 8 hours depending on the movement of a particular gorilla family. The trekking time includes an hour of interaction with the Gorillas which will seem to be like a minute as you get lost into their amazement, fun, lifestyle and their history and conservation stories as told by trackers and guides.