Rwanda’s gorilla family groups

The following are gorilla families available for tourists to visit in Rwanda, with 8 tourists allowed per group.

Susa Group

This group of 41 gorillas is Rwanda’s largest. This family is the hardest to trek as they tend to range high into the mountains.

The group is well known for having twins: Byishimo and Impano. This was also the group originally studied by Dian Fossey. This group split in 2008, the name of the group which split from Susa is called Karisimbi with 15 members including 3 silverbacks.

Sabyinyo Group

This is a group of 13 members, including 2 Silverbacks, one of whom is the biggest of all the silverbacks in the volcanoes and resides in the gentle slopes between Mount Sabyinyo and Gahinga

Amahoro (‘Peace’) Group

This group consists of 18 members, including 2 Silverback, Trackers are faced with quite a steep climb to reach this group since the can be found on the slopes of Mt Visoke – intermediate in difficulty.

Group 13 (Agashya )

This was the first habituated group and has grown from an initial 13 members to 27 members, including 1 Silverback. It can be found in the same area as the Sabyinyo group, although it sometimes moves deeper into the mountain.


This group migrated from DRC and currently consists of 23 members, including 4 Silverbacks.

The group inhabits the lower slopes of Mt Muhabura and is also one of the more difficult families to track. It

Umubano (‘Live Together’) Group

This group was formed by members of the Amahoro family after one of the males (Charles) broke off in order to lead his own group. Their territory overlaps with that of the Amahoro Group. It consists of 13 members, including 2 Silverbacks

Hirwa Group

This is still a relatively new group which was formed from two different families, Group 13 and Sabyinyo, it has 16 members, including 1 Silverback. Usually to be found in the foothills of Mt Sabyinyo on the Gahinga side. This group has two twins born at the beginning of 2011.

Karisimbi Group

This group has 16 members, including 2 Silverbacks and was formed when the largest gorilla family, Susa split into 2 groups. This hike is categorised as difficult and as its name denotes the group is found on lower levels of Mt Karisimbi.

Ugenda Group

This group consists of 11 members including 2 Silverbacks and can be found around Mt Bisoke

Bwenge Group

This group consists of 11 members including 1 Silverbacks and can be found around Mt Bisoke