Gorilla Family that is tracked by tourists called Nshongi in Bwindi South - the largest Gorilla family in the world!

Nshongi (or Ishongi as some prefe to call it) is a new gorilla family that has now opened for tourists South of Bwindi via Kisoro. It is thought to be the largest gorilla family in the world with over 34 individuals! The Nshongi gorilla family is unique in that it has 34 individuals
with 3 silverbacks. This characteristic is not known elsewhere! It is a rarest. Silverbacks always fight each other, for mating rights, for food - the strongest, or let's say, the winner, throws out the rest from the group - from where they form another family group, or stay on their own. Although this group is found in Bwindi, Uganda (east Africa), you access it through Kisoro from where you drive a further 16km to the park tracking base. It was originally open for researchers only until August 2008 when some tourists were allowed to start visiting it. Pinnacle Africa Safaris guests were some of the very first tourists to receive this special treatment.

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ChimpanzeeThese are mountain gorillas, staying in high up in the mounatins of Bwindi, up to 4000metres ASL. Therefore to track them one may traverse dense growth in this impenetrable forest, through swamps and wet undergrowth, and climb cliffs and high areas in search of them. Tracking can take as little as one hour up to as many as 8 hours when one returns to base camp. But the tracking is made easy by the rangers who would have known prior to your tracking, where the gorillas are. For environmental reasons, you are allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas.