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Mubare group, oldest gorilla family in Bwindi gets new baby gorilla October 2019 –Travel News
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Mubare group, oldest gorilla family in Bwindi gets new baby gorilla October 2019 –Travel News

Mubare group, oldest gorilla family in Bwindi gets new baby gorilla October 2019 –Travel News

Mubare group, oldest gorilla family in Bwindi gets new baby gorilla on the 16th October 2019 birthed by Businza a female gorilla in the group. Both the baby gorilla of Mubare and the mother are reported to be in good shape.

Oldest gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park known as Mubare gorilla family received a new baby gorilla on the 16th October 2019. Mubare gorilla family was the first habituated gorilla family in Bwindi opened up for gorilla trekking in Uganda in the year 1993 after a 2 years habituation process. The group is named after the beautiful Mubare hills where it was first sighted, till date the Mubare gorilla family is found within the Buhoma sector of the park.

Yesterday the 16th of October 2019, Mr. Peter Mbwebwe, the Uganda Wildlife Authority Warden in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park confirmed the birth of a new mountain gorilla in the Mubare family.

“We celebrate a newborn in Mubare group. Mother Businza and baby in good shape,” stated Mr. Mbwebwe.

Mubare group, oldest gorilla family in Bwindi gets new baby gorilla October 2019 –Travel News

Mother Businza and her new born baby gorilla in Bwindi

The good news as Bwindi gets new baby gorilla come as a success to the strong conservation efforts by the Uganda Wildlife Authority as well as all conservation partners.

Mountain gorillas in the previous year were moved from the IUCN list of critically endangered species to endangered; at least a step to success and this birth comes handy as an addition to this conservation success story.

Previously, mountain gorillas were known to total to about 880 individuals, however with the latest census from the Virunga Mountain parks, the gorillas are known to be about 1004 individuals. This total is not inclusive of latest census information from Bwindi National Park that could increase the numbers. As Bwindi gets a new baby gorilla the future of the Mountain gorillas gets better compared to the risk of extinction they faced not many years ago.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the highest population of habituated mountain gorillas and therefore a perfect choice for a gorilla trek in Africa.

What is the cost for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda?

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is set to increase Uganda gorilla trekking permit prices from the current USD 600 – USD 700 for foreign non residents and USD 500 –USD 600 for foreign residents as of the 1st July 2020. Currently, Uganda gorilla trekking safaris are sold at 600 USD per person per trek for foreign non residents and USD 500 for foreign residents for travelers above the age of 15.

This is an increase of USD 100 for each permit. The permit is valid for a single trek with a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the elusive Mountain Gorillas. Even with this increase Uganda still stays the best option for gorilla safaris in Africa as its still USD 800 less than a gorilla permit in Rwanda.

The gorilla permit price is a general price for the two Uganda gorilla safari destinations of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Why trek Mountain gorillas in Uganda

  • Uganda is host to the largest population of Mountain gorillas in the world with half of the total in the country.
  • Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is cheaper compared to the neighboring country of Rwanda with permit prices at 1500 USD. The neighboring Congo also has Mountain gorillas though has been politically unstable despite its gorilla trekking permit being sold at USD 400 -450 in the low and high seasons respectively.
  • The Mountain Gorilla tracking experience of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is much more of an experience itself alongside seeing the gorillas. The park rises on an elevation of 1,190 to 2,607 meters giving a mystical challenge to trekkers. The forest itself is an amazing place to visit with several flora and fauna species.
  • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the only Uganda safari destination where Mountain gorillas co-exist with golden monkeys. As an add-on activity, golden monkey trekking is the best option and much amazing to glimpse at these playful monkeys.
  • For avid birders on Uganda birding safaris, the two parks for mountain gorilla trekking are the best parks for bird watching and seeing the Albertine rift endemics.
  • Uganda is the only world destination that still has mountain gorillas that are not fully habituated and therefore clients can opt to go for mountain gorilla habituation. This offers than chance to spend four hours rather than one hour studying the behavior of these giants and probably their real before in the wild without getting used to human beings. Mountain Gorilla habituation costs USD 1500 per person.

Other Gorilla Families in Uganda

  • Habituated Gorilla Families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

As per September 2019, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is home to 19 gorilla families found in the four gorilla trekking sectors and these are;

  • Rushegura, Habinyaja, Mubare and Katwe Gorilla groups in the Buhoma Gorilla trekking sector
  • Bitukura, Kyaguriro, Mukizo and Oruzogo Gorilla groups in the Ruhija Gorilla trekking sector
  • Bishasho, Nkuringo and Christmas Gorilla groups in the Nkuringo Gorilla trekking sector
  • Nsonji, Mishaya, Bweza, Kahunjye, Businjye, Rwiji, Muchunguzi and Bikyinji Gorilla groups in the Rushaga Gorilla trekking sector


  • Habituated Gorilla Family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smaller Uganda gorilla safari park with one gorilla family known as Nyakagezi Gorilla Family. The Nyakagezi gorilla family has 10 family members including led by silverbacks Mark and Mafia who took over from their father silverback Bugingo who now happily plays the role of grandfather; there are 2 other silverbacks known as Rukundo and Ndungutse, 2 female adults known as Nshuti and Nyiramwiza and 3 youngsters.

This group is unique for gorilla trekking because the family has 6 silverback gorillas living in harmony within the same group; this is a unique family of all the gorilla families in Uganda.

Recommended Uganda gorilla safaris

3 days Uganda gorilla safari Bwindi

3 days gorilla habituation safari Uganda

4 days Bwindi gorilla trekking flying safari

5 days gorilla and white water rafting safari

5 days Bwindi gorilla safari and Queen Elizabeth wildlife tour 

5 days gorilla & chimp safari

In case you would love to book a gorilla safari to Uganda you can reach us on these emails – wildjungletrails@gmail.com, tours@wildjungletrails.com or call us on (+256) 777690798 / (+256) 414663115.

Authored By  Wild Jungle Trails Safaris

Why Baby hippos are killed by the adult males
Travel News, Uganda safaris

Why Baby Hippos are Killed by the Adult Males

Why Baby hippos are killed by the adult males

Baby Hippos or calves are in most cases killed by the dominant adult males, but why does this happen? Here is why baby hippos are killed by the adult males;

Female hippos have a gestation of 8 months and when birth time is due they always move away from the pod (group of hippos).  The females find a different territory and stay away until they give birth. After birth and the calf is able to run from threat, the mother then has to return the calf to the rest of the pod which is in most cases not welcomed.

This is so because the dominant males or bulls have a tendency of resenting the young ones (especially males) as a strategy of reducing competition for future dominance in the school of hippos.  The mother has to fight and protect their young ones but at times fail and deaths can be registered. Sometimes the mother tends to move away with the young one and find a new residence.

Facts about Baby Hippos and Adults

Why Baby hippos are killed by the adult males - Baby Hippo attacked by the adult

Why Baby hippos are killed by the adult males – Baby Hippo attacked by the adult

  • Hippos are semi aquatic and live mostly in water. They spend about 16 hours of the day under water.
  • Baby hippo is also known as a calf, male a bull and the female a cow.
  • They are considered the world’s deadliest large land mammal. Hippos are estimated to kill about 500 people per year in Africa.
  • The dry season is the best time for conception for the females
  • Female hippos have a gestation period of 8 months giving birth to a single calf at a time. They then spend the next 8 months nursing the calf.
  • At birth the calf weighs between 23 to 50 kg. An average female weighs about 1,400kilograms while an average male weighs between 1,600-4500kilograms.
  • Hippos have the ability to close their nose and ears to block out water.
  • Baby hippos mature at about 5 to 7 years of age.
  • The calf has ability to suckle under water though they cannot actually swim.
  • Hippo life expectancy is estimated to be about 36 years.
  • Adult hippos eat about 80 lbs/35kg of grass each night. They can traverse about 10km in a single night in search of food.
  • When food is scarce, hippos can store food in their stomachs for about 3 weeks without eating.
  • In size a hippo grows to between 3.3 – 5 meters long and up to 1.6m tall at the shoulder.
  • Females grow to maturity faster than males
  • The full name for hippos is hippopotamus, a Greek word meaning River horse
  • Hippos do not swim but bounce in the water
  • They may be heavy but can run for about 45km in 1 hour

Where to see Hippos in Uganda

On a safari to Uganda and wondering where you can have a glimpse of the hippos then these spots are the best to visit.;

  1. Kazinga Channel of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kazinga channel is one of the best boat cruise areas for a wildlife safari in Uganda. The 40km long channel connecting lakes Edward and George in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a good habitat for hippos. The channel has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole of Africa with hundreds of hippos in the water.

Within Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can also see hippos at the Ntungwe River at the ishasha sector of the park famed for tree climbing lions.

  1. Murchison Falls National Park

A boat cruise during a safari in Murchison Falls National Park is a great opportunity to see hippos. You can spot the Hippos while on the Nile River boat cruise, on the down river boat ride to the Albert Nile and even on a game drive near Albert Nile.

  1. Lake Mburo National Park

A boat cruise on Lake Mburo National Park‘s Lake Mburois another great way of seeing hippos during a Uganda wildlife safari. The hippos can be seen during any of the boat cruises on the park though they are not as many as those in the Kazinga channel or in Murchison Falls National Park.

  1. Semliki Wildlife Reserve

In the Semliki Wildlife Reserve close to Semliki National Park, you can see the hippos in the Semliki River. The river crosses both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, due to the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the hippo population greatly decreased on the Semliki River.

Uganda tours offer a lot and therefore it’s advisable for travelers on long safaris in Uganda to combine wildlife safaris with Uganda chimp trekking tours, bird watching safaris or Uganda gorilla trekking safaris

In case you would love to travel on a low budget and still have fun, you can reach us on these emails – wildjungletrails@gmail.com, tours@wildjungletrails.com or call us on (+256) 777690798 / (+256) 414663115.

Authored By  Wild Jungle Trails Safaris