Amahoro Gorilla Group
Amahoro mountain gorilla group / family is made up of 17 individuals which include 1 silverback, 2 black backs, 5 adult females, 2 sub adult males, 2 juveniles and 5 babies. Amahoro gorilla family derives its name from the local Kinyarwanda word to mean “peace”.
The name of the gorilla family is portrayed by its dominating silverback Ubumwe known to be very calm and peaceful this even led him to losing some group members to Charles the silverback of Umubano gorilla family. The name of the dominating silverback means “togetherness” in the local language.
Amahoro mountain gorilla family can be trekked from the slopes of mountain Bisoke. Many travelers love to visit this family because of their peaceful characters showered towards humans and even other mountain gorillas.
If you are a calm and peaceful person, then Amahoro gorilla family is the group to trek while in volcanoes national park though group allocation sometimes depends on age and physical fitness. Old people will always be allocated to the nearest gorilla family or the easiest gorilla families to trek while the young energetic travelers trek families inhabiting high elevations.
Gorilla trekking permits for Amahoro Gorilla Group
Rwanda offers the most luxurious gorilla trekking experience with permits costing $1500 per person per trek. Gorilla trekking permits can be got from Rwanda Development Board or through any trusted tour operator, permits are always scarce especially in the high season.
Best time to visit Amahoro Gorilla Group
Rwanda can be visited at any time of the year though some months are better than the other months, the best time of visiting is in the dry season of June to September and December to February when the trekking trails are in good condition and the roads are accessible.
What to bring to trek Amahoro Gorilla Group
Mountain gorillas live on higher elevations of rain forests meaning that one needs to be physically fit but also requires one to carry the right trekking equipment such as good waterproof hiking shoes, enough drinking water, energy-giving snacks, garden gloves, insect repellents, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, good quality camera, long-sleeved clothes and much more
Where to sleep in Volcanoes national park
There are several accommodation options in volcanoes national park Ruhengeri region ranging from budget to mid-range to luxury options. Where to sleep depends on the tourist’s budget and these include Bisate Lodge, Bishops House, Gorilla’s Nest, Kwitonda Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge and many others.