Group Name: Habinyanja Gorilla Family
Group Leader: Makara Silverback
Group Number: 17 (June 2016)
Group Location: Buhoma Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Neighbours: Rushegura & Mubare Gorilla Groups
The Habinyanja Gorilla Family was one of the earlier habituated groups in the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and over the years has had thousands of visitors from around the world that have spent an hour with them in the ancient forest.
It normally takes a full day – five hours or more to track the Habinyanja Group. They daily move and roam over a wide range in the forest. Nevertheless there are harder groups to track that take a bit more energy. It is a larger group of about 17 in size with two Silverbacks – but such figures change as gorilla babies arrive, old members die or move to another group and other factors.
The group was first discovered near a swamp in Bwindi Impenetrable the name Habinyanja comes from the local name for water “Nyanja”
Gorilla Families like Human Families have a split at time and the Rushegura family also found in the general Buhoma area split off some years back to form its own family. Today these two families and the Mubare Gorilla Families cross each others paths and the meetings are mostly peaceful in nature.
If you are tracking the Habinyanja Gorilla Family you need to do so from Buhoma entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.