Humba is one of the 8 habituated gorilla groups in Virunga national park in eastern D.R. Congo. The group is located within the Virunga region – a super bio-diverse region which is shared among three countries – Uganda, D.R. Congo and Rwanda.
This region encompasses up to eight volcanic mountains as well as 3 iconic national parks, namely Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in D.R. Congo.
As of 2019, Virunga national park is comprised of eight gorilla families, each with its own attributes and uniqueness. These include Humba, Kabirizi, Rugendo, Mapuwa, Munyaga, Bageni, Lulengo and Nyakamwe. Humba in particular is a magnificent gorilla family to visit, always referred to by many as the calmest of all groups.
Humba gorilla family is located in Bukima sector of Virunga national park, but frequents areas of Bikenge and Gatovu. The family was formed in the year 1998 by silverback Humba after splitting from his father’s group, Rugendo.
At the time of separation, with only 6 members Humba moved with his brother Nyakamwe to form this new family. And by 2014, the group had increased to 16 members, but due to frequent fights between Nyakamwe and Humba, the group further split. Silverback Nyakamwe left with 10 members living the brother with only 6 and formed a separate group called Nyakamwe.
The following year 2015, Humba raided Munyaga family and obtained 1 member, sub adult female Kakule increasing Humba family’s membership to 7. Silverback Humba is also a brother to Silverback Senkwekwe who was assassinated in July 2007 by unknown gunmen. Gorillas that make up Humba family include 1 silverback, 2 black backs, one sub-adult female and 3 juveniles.
Tracking Humba is regarded as the most fascinating gorilla experience in Virunga national park, as it is a calm, peaceful and one of the safest treks in the park. Booking gorilla permits to track Humba family can be done directly through Virunga national park or through a trusted travel agent. Just like other D.R. Congo gorilla permits, a permit to Humba costs a staggering 400$ per permit per trek.
Only eight persons are allowed to track this group on any given day, and each group f trekkers is escorted by a patrol vehicle with armed rangers, trackers, porters and guides.