Bitukura Gorilla family lives in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the southwestern Uganda.
This groups turns out to be the one of the Mountain Gorilla groups in Bwindi that had the most members. It originally had 24 members but later on reduced to 14 members including 4 Silverbacks.
During the last few years, the second youngest silverback in the group named Ndahura has been the leader after taking over from a former leader called Karamusizi.
Sadly, Karamusizi’s years of dominance and pride came to an end when the silverback breathed his last because of old age at 40 years.
Bitukura Gorilla family was named after a river in the forest called Bitukura, where the family was first sighted. The habituation of this family started in the year 2007 but was later on opened for tourism in 2008. The habituation / training of this group was among the shortest ever, taking only 15 months compared to the minimal recommended 2 years.
Bitukura Gorilla group shares a close bond with the Kyaguriro family, with whom they often get together with partly reason why their habituation never took so long. Despite the loss of some members, this family is peaceful, happy and very close to one another.
The new members who later on joined this group in 2013 and the recent birth from Ruhara has increased the tally of this family. The birth of a baby gorilla was a bundle of joy to the Bitukura gorilla family, a creation Ndahura – the leader of the family is willing to guard with his own life.
You need to purchase Rushaga gorilla trekking permits in order to trek the Bitukura group considering the fact that you have to make it at the park’s headquarters in time for the pre-briefing meeting.
Bitukura Gorilla Group is open every day to a maximum of 8 people.