Nyakagezi Gorilla Group

Nyakagezi Gorilla Group, the Only Gorilla Family in Mgahinga National Park

The Nyakagezi  Gorilla Group is the only habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP). The family headed by Mark, a Silverback is composed of three silver backs, 2 adult females, 2 black backs and 2 infants. The park has over 80 Mountain Gorillas but only 10 gorilla members are habituated and constitute this group. The family is believed to migrate at times to Rwanda and Congo. But good enough, the migratory habit of these gorillas has not happened in the recent years.

The group has its name from Nyakagezi , some place in Mgahinga National Park with lots of delicious food that attract the gorillas. this group is among the simplest to trek since it prefers moving in a short radius for nesting, feeding, relaxing and playing

It is said it was in 2012 when the Nyakagezi gorillas returned from Congo and they happen to have settled for good in Mgahinga National Park as their permanent habitat.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park does not have any other gorilla groups being habituated at the moment.

Enjoy gorilla tracking in Mgahinga National Park with the Nyakagezi family, one should stay the park or have an overnight in Kisoro town.

The permits for trekking Nyakagezi group are available the park offices in Kisoro town and at Ntebeko near the park.

Access to Mgahinga to Trek Nyakagezi Gorilla Family

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be access from Kigali City through Cyanika border to Kisoro and then connect to the park. Some of the gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda from Kigali take place in Mgahinga park and with the Nyakagezi family only.

Another access alternative to the park may be flying from Entebbe International Airport to Kisoro Airfield in Kisoro town and then drive by road to Mgahinga National Park. It take about 30 kms from Kisoro Airstrip or town to Mgahinga National Park. The third route option is to drive by road from Entebbe town or Kampala City through Masaka and Mbarara cities straight to Kabale town, then take Kisoro direction from where you access the park. This route falls under the Uganda gorilla trekking from Entebbe or Kampala where many options are available for visitors to make choice.