Christmas Gorilla Group
Christmas gorilla group / family- Mountain gorillas are endangered species of primates living in three countries in the whole world. These are Uganda with Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla park, Rwanda with Volcanoes national park, and DR Congo with Virunga national park.
Mountain gorillas live in groups of 5-30 individuals dominated by 1 silverback that dictates all the groups’ activities. There are also situations where you can get alone male gorilla who might have been banished from his original family by the dominating silverback or who are looking for a family to conquer and rule.
Mountain gorillas are herbivores animals that feed on leaves, stems, fruits, pith, bark, bamboo shoots and supplement their diet with insects, anta, and termites. Mountain gorillas spend most of their time looking for food and this starts early morning at 6 am until noontime when they rest and wake up again in the afternoon to eat until 6pm when they start making nests where they are going to sleep that day.
Christmas gorilla family
Christmas gorilla family is among the newly habituated gorilla family in the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Christmas gorilla family is found in Nkuringo sector and this has increased the number of permits in this sector from 16 to 24 per day.
Christmas gorilla family is led by a silverback called Christmas; the name was given to him because he was born on 25th December. Christmas gorilla family is made up of 9 members with 1 silverback, 1 black back, 3 females, and 1 infant.
Impact of Christmas gorilla family on Nkuringo permits
The introduction of the Christmas gorilla family in the Nkuringo sector has led to an increase in several gorilla permits that are available for reserving and booking daily. The permits have increased from 16 to 24 making Nkuringo sector one of the best regions to trek habituated mountain gorillas. Africa Adventure Vacations organizes gorilla tours to Nkuringo sector to trek Christmas gorilla family, as well other families. Those people interested in trekking Christmas gorilla family should book gorilla family are advised to book gorilla permits in advance of 3-4 months most especially in the high peak season.
How to access Nkuringo region to trek Christmas gorilla family
Nkuringo sector which is home to newly introduced Christmas gorilla group can be accessed by road from Entebbe/Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and Nkuringo. the other way to access Nkuringo region is by flying into Kigali international airport and transferring by road through Cyanika border to Nkuringo. you can as well fly to the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park; you can book daily scheduled flights that depart Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield and land in Kisoro airstrip.
Where to sleep in Nkuringo sector.
Nkuringo sector has a lot of accommodation where one can stay when they visit the sector. These accommodations range from budget, mid-range to luxury such as Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Mulehe Safari Lodge, and many others.
Gorilla permits to trek Christmas Gorilla Group
In order to trek Christmas gorilla family, one needs to have a valid gorilla permit from the Uganda wildlife authority or any trusted tour operator. Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi cost $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents, and shs250,000 for East Africa citizens.
Best time to visit Christmas Gorilla Group
Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be done at any time of the year though some months are obviously better than the rest. The best time for trekking Christmas gorilla family is during the dry season which happens in June to September and December to February when the roads are very accessible and the trekking trails are not slippery. During these months there is little or no rainfall.