Nshongi gorilla family group in Rushaga
Nshongi is the biggest habituated group in Rushaga sector in Bwindi Impenetrabel National Park.
Found in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Rushaga region, Nshongi gorilla family members include Silver-back Nshongi (leader), Silver-back Kakono, Kutu, Tinfayo, Munywa, Bwire, Busasa, Matama and Bweza all are blackbacks, Shida, Bukojo, Nyampundu, and Munini all are adult females, Mucunguzi, Rurehuka, Mureba, Mahoro and Tindatine all are juveniles, Ninsiima, Mukiza, Katoono, Kazani, Rotary and Bwiruka all are infants in the family.
The group was named after River Nshongi which flows within the area where they were first sighted. The word Nshongi was derived from the local name of honey “Omushongi gwoboki”. The river has a honey-like color and was therefore named River Nshongi.
The habituation process of Nshongi gorilla family started in 2007 and later launched for tourists to track on 26th/ September, 2009 with a lot of fun fare, celebrities attended the ceremony which led to formation of “Friend a Gorilla” program.
But however, some wrangles emerged in the family which led 10 members parting away from the group with the leadership of Silver-back Mishaya leaving the group with only 25 members.
After continuous wrangles within the group, the Nshongi gorilla family group further split in 2012 with the formation of a new group in the Bwindi jungles known as “Bweza gorilla family.
The numbers in these Gorilla families keep changing time after time due to some factors and some of these include; death of members, new members joining the group, old members leaving the group, and many other factors.
Gorilla tracking permits go for as low as $700USD for the foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and Ugandan shillings 250,000/= for the East African Community residents.
These tracking permits need to be booked earlier enough with a trusted tour operator “Jewel safaris”.