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Congo Gorilla Groups - Gorilla Families that are tracked by tourists in Congo

Details of the gorilla families that are open to visitors in Congo, including road distances and drive time from Kisoro in Uganda to the gorilla park.

1)   See below for details of gorilla families and road distances and drive times to the park. The longest drive from Kisoro to Congo gorilla park (to Bukima) is a mMaximum of two (2) hours. The Short drive is only 45 Minutes, that is, to Djomba. It takes one (1) hour, thirty (30) minutes to Bikenge entry point. Also, there is now ICCN ranger escort from and to the Bunagana boarder with Uganda for visitors. The babies number in each will change any time from now, as there are pregnant females in some of the families.

Road distances from Kisoro to the gorilla park


 Location

Name of Gorilla Group (& total number in group)

Number of Gorilla adults

No. of people allowed to track

No. of pax allowed

Road distance to Kisoro in km

Females

Males

Bukima

Kabirizi  (35)

4

1

6

12 (16)

100 one way

 

Humba   (12)

3

1

6

 

 

Munyaga  (6)

2

3

(4)

no many babies

Djomba

Mapua   (7)

1

1

4

8

35 one way

 

Mvuyekure (7)

3

1

4

 

Bikenge 

Rugendo(6)

1

1

4

8

50 one way

 

Lulengo (6)

1

1

4

 

 

 

 

 28

28 (32)

 Round trip x 2

 

The brackets in the second column show the number of gorillas in each gorilla family, as at October 2009. The adults are normally much fewer than the juveniles, sub-adults, blackbucks and babies.

Number of tourists allowed to visit each family
If a gorilla family has 10 individuals or more, 6 tourists are allowed to visit.
If a gorilla family has less than 10 individuals 4 visitors are allowed to visit the group.
It may be a requirement for all visitors – tourists, guides and rangers to wear a mask to protect the gorillas from our diseases and germs.

So at the moment between 28-32 tourists are welcome PER DAY.
The Mapuwa, Kabirizi and Humba families can have 6 visitors each day, for a duration of one hour, and the Lulengo, Rugendo and Munyaga families can have 4 visitors each day, for a duration of one hour.

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ChimpanzeeThese are mountain gorillas, staying in high up in the mounatins of Bwindi, up to 4000metres ASL. Therefore to track them one may traverse dense growth in this impenetrable forest, through swamps and wet undergrowth, and climb cliffs and high areas in search of them. Tracking can take as little as one hour up to as many as 8 hours when one returns to base camp. But the tracking is made easy by the rangers who would have known prior to your tracking, where the gorillas are. For environmental reasons, you are allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas.