Group Name: Oruzogo Gorilla Family
Group Leader: Bakwate Silverback
Group Number: 17 (June 2016)
Group Location: Ruhija Area in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Neighbours: Bitukura, Kyaguliro-Mukiza & Kyaguliro-Rukara Gorilla Groups
The Oruzogo Gorilla Family can be tracked from the Ruhija area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – it is a larger group of 17 gorillas. The Oruzogo group has become popular with tourists not just because of the size of the group, but because the the playful energy exhibited by the juveniles and toddlers in the group that keep visitors entertained to say the least.
If you want more sleep and rest and less driving, you ask your tour operator to book you into a lodge in the Ruhija area and not in the Buhoma which is an hour drive time from Ruhija and that would mean leaving your lodging at 6:00 to 6:30 am in order to reach Ruhija at the right time for the gorilla tracking orientation.
The Oruzogo Gorilla Family started to receive visitors in 2011 and those who came to visit them simply love this group. It is not an extreme trek but you need medium endurance and stamina.
Ruhija in the last two years has had more lodges become available from budget to up-market and it does make it easier if a visitor to the Oruzogo group stays right in Ruhija.