Susa Gorilla Group
Susa Gorilla Group- Mountain gorillas are endangered species of primates that can only be found in three countries in four national parks namely Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, and Virunga national park in DR Congo.
Mountain gorillas are unique species of apes sharing 96% human DNA with human beings making them their closest relatives hence the reason thousands of tourists travel to Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo each year to meet eye to eye with these endangered close relatives.
Susa gorilla family
Susa mountain gorilla family is one of the groups that the well-known Dian Fossey studied during her research at Karisoke institute. Dian Fossey was an American primatologist who gave her entire life to study mountain gorillas but unfortunately, she was found killed by unknown people in her cabin. Susa gorilla family started being habituated in 1978 and it got its name from the river Susa in Bwindi impenetrable forest that runs through an area where the family lives.
Susa gorilla family is one of the difficult families to trek because they sometimes move to higher elevations which makes it hard to trek this group, Susa gorilla family has sometimes been seen interacting with the Pablo gorilla family fact that some females from Pablo joined the Susa gorilla family and those from Susa joined Pablo. If you need some physical challenge while trekking mountain gorillas then choose Susa gorilla. Susa mountain gorilla family is also one of the luckiest mountain gorillas with twins. If you are a twin or you have a twin in your family then you are lucky to see twin gorillas here.
Gorilla permits in Rwanda
Mountain gorilla permits in Rwanda are the most expensive permits costing $1500 per person trekking, this permit can be purchased from the Rwanda development board or through any trusted tour operator. People below the ages of 15 are not allowed to trek and also those with infectious diseases such as flu and diarrhea.
Where to stay in volcanoes national park
There are several accommodation facilities in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park ranging from camping to luxury to mid-range to budget. Where to sleep in volcanoes national park include Virunga lodge, Ingagi park view lodge, Singita Kwitonda Lodge, Bisate lodge, and Mountain Gorilla View lodge among others.
Best time to visit volcanoes national park
Volcanoes national park can be visited at any time of the year but the dry season is the best time to visit the park is dry season which is always in the months of June to September and December to February when the weather is favorable. It should be noted that the Susa gorilla family stays high on the mountains making the dry season the best time to trek them as the trails will be in good condition.
What to bring for gorilla trekking
Trekking mountain gorillas requires one to be physically fit and you need to come also with good hiking boots, insect repellents, long-sleeved clothes, a rain jacket, enough drinking water, a good quality camera, sun glasses, hat, energy-giving snacks among others. There are porters at the starting points who can always help you with to carry excess luggage at a small fee.
Gorilla groups in volcanoes national park
Sabyingo gorilla family with 13 members including 2 silverbacks, Amahoro gorilla family with 18 members including 2 silverbacks, Agashya gorilla family with 27 members including 1 silverback, Umubano gorilla family with 13 members including 2 silverbacks, Kwitonda gorilla family with 23 members including 4 silverbacks, Hirwa gorilla family with 16 members including 1 silverback, Ugenda gorilla family with 11 members including 2 silverbacks and Bwenge gorilla family with 11 members and 1 silverback.