22 Baby Gorillas to be Named in Rwanda

Twin Gorillas Born in Rwanda

The good news reaching our desk is that 22 new baby gorillas was born in different gorilla families in Rwanda.  These baby gorillas was born last month and the park authorities at ORTPN have established their sex as most of them being females. The Kwita izina is a traditional ceremony carried out every year where by new baby gorillas are given names.

These babies are the ones to be named at the 2016 Kwita Izina which is to be held in September. The ceremony will take place at the main park office in Kinigi, and will be attended by different officials in the country. Volcanoes national park is the most busiest park in Rwanda, famous for gorilla trekking. However there are many other activities that a visitor can undertake beside gorilla trek. The park host variaty of animals such as Golden monkey, buffaloes, duikers and many others. Golden monkey tracking is the second activity that attracts most people visiting Volcanoes national park. other majority who wish to go Hiking, there are many different trail head for hikers such as hiking to Bisoke volcano, Karisimbi, Muhabura and Diana fossey where visitors hike to learn the conservation work by diana fossey who were committed for this work in Karisoke research camp.

To go gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park, one needs to posses a gorilla trekking permit at a cost of USD: 1,500. each for one hour visit. This can be bought through a reputable travel agency that will also arrange your transport, Accommodation and all necessary pre-trekking preperation.

Gorilla Census Kicks Off in Virunga.

Mountain Gorilla Census-Silverback Gorilla

Do you ever wonder how many mountain gorillas are left in the wild? Every five years, a census which is an exercise of counting Mountain gorillas was carried out in the Virunga Mastiff – which is a combination of Virunga National Park in DR Congo, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

The 2015/2016 mountain gorilla census has been conducted under the framework of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), with the work being done by Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and I’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature.

A recent survey that was carried out, documented 604 mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei) which is regarded as a largest number of mountain gorillas that ever recorded in the transboundary virung massif as one of the two places in the world where this critically endangered ape is found. If we combine this with the published figure of 400 mountain gorillas living in Bwindi forest in Uganda, as of 2011, an estimated 1004, we find that its only 1,004 mountain gorillas existing in the wild as of 2016.

Considering the area encompassing the mikeno sector of Virunga national park in DR Congo, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and the Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda, reffered to as Virunga massif, we realize that 604 individual gorillas were found in 41 groups and of 14 solitary males. This figure is compared together with an estimated 480 individual gorillas living in 36 groups and as 14 solitary males from a survey of the same area in the year 2010.

This is a good indication that the population of the endangered mountain gorillas is steadily growing. This is due to the conservation efforts applied by many stake holders, rangers and communities living around these places with visitors inclusive who contribute revenue that aids salary payment to care takers.

Video : Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and is the major activity that attracts most tourist in Uganda and Rwanda.  Besides Gorilla trekking, Bwindi forest is also the best destination in  the whole of Africa for visitors interested in bird watching, with over 345 species of birds recorded and among which, its highest record of Albertine rift endemics bird species grade it higher for any other birding spot in African continent. Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest is done all year round, although there are some season whereby most tourist prefer to do their trekking. There are two rain season and two dry season in the year, and most tourist prefer to do their gorilla trekking during dry season especially between June and August, and October to march. the rest of the period is regarded to be rain season where the turn up of visitors is always low. This is because photography is best in dry season than rain season.

Gorilla trekking bwindi forest

Trekking mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park is strenuous exercise, but the joy you experience after encountering the gorillas is overwhelming. For a person to trek Mountain gorillas, he or she must posses a gorilla trekking permit which must be purchased prior the trekking date.  It’s therefore  a recommendation that every visitor interested to see gorillas, must book a gorilla trekking permit with a reputable travel agency that which does all formalities and necessary pr-trek preparation on behalf of the visitor . Gorilla trekking permits are issued to tour agencies by Uganda Wildlife Authority. You may ask how much is a gorilla trekking permit?, Effectively 1st, July, 2020, A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda will cost USD. 700. this is a slight increase of USD. 100., (from $600. To $700.)  Some of our visitors who engage in gorilla trekking have shared with us some videos of the unforgettable experience. Come see gorillas by yourself.

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