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These exciting adventures will show you the incredible treasures that East Africa has to offer. For more information on any of our adventures or for a price quote, simply contact us for more information:

  • Mountain Gorillas Trekking
  • Golden Monkeys Trekking
  • Chimpanzees Trekking
  • Wildlife Safaris
  • Volcanoes Hiking & Mountain Climbing
  • Biking
  • Local Culture Experience
  • Caving
  • Bird Watching
  • Community-Based Tourism
  • Nature lakes & Hot Springs Tour

AMAHORO GROUP

The Amahoro group was opened for tourism in 2000. It is the latest group to join the group for tourism in 2000. Amahoro means peace, this name was chosen as a symbol of peace also due to the personality. This silverback is more relaxed and approachable. The Amahoro Group has 18 members, including several young silverbacks and black back gorillas. These are very active and playful gorillas especially when they see visitors. Please, don’t be surprised to see such a peaceful family like this.

SABYINYO GROUP

This group was formed after the death of the leading silverback of the group thirteen in 1992. At first, the group was known as Amavubi meaning wasps due to a hard time during the period of habituation. It was only composed of three silverbacks: Guhonda, Ryango, and Ruhennyi.

After the death of the leading silverback of the group thirteen, some of them took the females from group thirteen: Ijisho, Gukunda, Kampanga and later on, Safari, other females from group eleven. Thus, a new group was formed with four females and two silverbacks, The name of the group was then changed to Sabyinyo.

Sabyinyo is the mountain where the group was first localized. As the group composition keeps on changing depending on the rate of birth, death, emigration, and migration, new members can be found in the group as well as others left the group. Has now 11 members. This group has a particularity of its kindness and the hugest silverback in the world. This silverback likes to beat his chest showing that he is powerful.N.B Mountain gorillas leave their groups for two reasons: to avoid inbreeding or to make their own groups.

GROUP THIRTEEN (AGASHYA)

Contrary to popular beliefs, group thirteen has more than 13 individuals. This group came to be thirteen to the order in which it has been localized. At that time groups could be named according to the order in which they were contacted. This method was initiated by Dian Fossey.

This group has never had more than one silverback in its history and that is why after the death of the leading silverback Murith in 1992 it led to the loss of all adult females to other silverback forming Sabyinyo group and leaving Group thirteen with only three young males that could not lead the group.

However, these young males: Munani, Nyakarima, and Kwirinda stayed together until the older one named Munani turned to silverback but then Nyakarima left the group and Kwirinda died of injuries due to interaction with another group.

Munani, being a silverback who wanted to form his group at any cost, had an interaction with group Sabyinyo and obtained Safari one female which was also a member of group eleven before being Sabyinyo member. He also obtained two other females Gukunda and Cyuzuzo. In 2002 the silverback died of a natural death leaving seven members with a black back which together with the oldest female (Safari) led the group for five months until when a new silverback came to take over the group.

The new Silverback which is named Agashya came with three members with him increasing the group to ten individuals. However, the black back he met in the group refused to submit to the new silverback and left the group to a solitary life.

After Agashya gained power he has increased the group for 27 individuals in only eight years with nine adult females. The name Agashya meaning something special is related to the ability to lead such a big group of 23 gorillas and that is why last year in June 2011 the group was named AGASHYA FAMILY.

UMUBANO GROUP

This was part of Amahoro group, but later split into two groups creating Umubano. In normal conditions in a group of more than one silverback, when the leader dies the group is taken by then next to him.

This was not the case with Charles the leader of Umubano. After the death of the leading silverback. Charles refused to submit to the next silver back instead of left the group with two females to form his group.

Ambitious and being a young silverback he has been successful in maintaining his group and gaining more females in a short time. In this group, the silverback is the happiest and the strongest of them all. By now, Charles has 13 individuals.

SUSA GROUP

This is the second largest group of mountain gorillas. It has 35 individuals with four silverbacks. It was originally studied by Dian Fossey and lives on the slopes of mountain Karisimbi. The most particularity of this group is having rare twin gorilla born twice in the same group.

The last event was on 19.05.2004 when 12 years old female Nyabitondore gave birth to twins male and female and on 27.05.2011; another old female Ruvumu produced two twins male and female. All have been successfully raising these twins. Those of 2004 are now 8 years old and others of 2011 are now 8 months. These might be the first ever twins to survive in the history of Mountain gorillas. However, the Susa family has recently separated to form their own group of 17 individuals. If you are interested come and see these beautiful babies.

HIRWA GROUP

This is a group formed by one silverback. All its members came from other formed and habituated groups. It is until now composed of 17 individuals. Its particular character is that it is more peaceful. Nowadays, the group has increased to 17 individuals and the special thing that Kabatwa produced twins on 06.02.2011.

KWITONDA GROUP

This group is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It arrived in 2005 with 16 members all habituated and it was frequently visited by different tourists. The group is comprised of one silverback and two black backs, females and young ones. Today, the group has tremendously increased to 23 individuals. These last mountain gorillas are free- travelers as they cross three border- countries without any passport or visa. More like you human being, the leading silverback is very shy.

The company wishes to invite you and have a look at these free-traveler gorillas in their habitat.

GOLDEN MONKEYS

The golden monkeys are endemic species of the Virunga massif. They are found in Volcanoes National Park, Mgahinga national park, Gishwati forest and Virunga National Park in Congo.

Golden monkeys live in families. The number of members per group varies between 100 to 125individuals. This includes one dominant male, females, juveniles and babies. The dominant males and adult females are responsible to protect the territory and resources found in, mostly females defend the food.

A dominant male leads the group from one to ten years, coordinates all the activities in the group, decides where to go where to stand and what to do. Two groups are regularly identified in Volcanoes national park such as: Musonga group that occupies 75 ha is located on Karisimbi’s slopes with 120 individuals.

Kabatwa group has a territory of 60 ha is located in Sabyinyo slopes with 110 individuals. This is the most visited and much habituated. The golden monkeys trip has been available in Volcanoes National Park since July 2003.

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