Umubano group is found in Volcanoes National Park in north – western province of Rwanda. The word Umubano is a word from the native Kinyarwanda language which means “living together” which truly depicts the togetherness and harmonious living between Umubano and Amahoro groups that continue to meet and live together in peace even after several years of separation.
Under the leadership of Charles, Umubano family split from Amahoro group after disagreements between the brothers – Charles and his elder brother Ubumwe following the death of their father.
In a battle – less split, Charles formed his own family with a few members that he managed to take along plus the two female gorillas which his elder brother Ubumwe gave him. The two brothers separated in peace, but shortly after they could still be seen feeding together, interacting and staying together for one or two days.
Due to Charles’ energetic and ambitious nature, he has managed to keep the family intact as well as gained more members to expand his family in such a short period. Currently, Umubano family is made up of 13 members including five Silverbacks, two Adult females, two black backs, one sub adult male, one Juvenile and 2 infants.
Located in the heart of famous Virunga conservation area, Volcanoes national park boasts a huge number of the endangered mountain gorillas as well as one of a few places in the world where you can track these magical apes. Others include Mgahinga and Virunga national parks all located within Virunga region and the famous Bwindi impenetrable national park located in south-western Uganda.
Volcanoes national park is home to up to 12 habituated gorilla families, all which can be tracked throughout the year; but most recommended are dry months from June to October and December to February.
Permits to trek Umubano gorilla family cost 1500$ per trek and just like other groups, permits have to be booked in advance usually 3 months or even earlier especially during peak season when permits are on high demand. Permits can be obtained from Volcanoes national park headquarters, directly from Rwanda Development Board or book through a trusted tour agency.