Habinyanja Gorilla Family in Buhoma
The Habinyanja gorilla family was among the first groups to be habituated and it is found in the Buhoma sector in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. It is also referred to as the H group.
The gorilla family was opened up for tourists in 1999 after habituation in 1997. The Habinyanja group is one of the most tracked receiving the largest number of visitors from all over the world.
The name Habinyanja comes from a local word “Nyanja” meaning a place with water or swamp and this is where the group was first sighted.
The group was initially led by silverback Omugurusi, a name that translates to “an old man”. Omugurusi passed on and the power was between the two brothers, Mwirima and Rwansigazi. The two brothers later separated and Mwirima formed the Rushegura group.
The Habinyanja group has 18 members but the number keeps changing due to factors like new borns in the family, death of members and other new members joining the group.
In the present day, Habinyanja gorilla family group consists of; Maraya the black-back, Mizayo (Was so brutally killed by poacher’s traps and spears), Binyonko, Nyabuche, Nyamuhango, Rukundo, Kisho, and Rugyendo the adult females, Kavuyo the sub adult male and Ruyombo the sub adult female, Malaika, Hamusini, Elisa are juveniles. Habinyanja gorilla family group moves daily in the forests and covers a wider area within Buhoma region.
Among the reasons why the Habinyanja group is most tracked is because of its proximity to the roads heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Rwenzori Mountain National Park. It is also the easiest gateway to Kampala from the Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park either by road via Kabale or air from the nearest airstrip.
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