Bitukura gorilla family derives its name from river Bitukura where the group was first seen by the first group of tourists.
The group was habituated in 2007 and opened to tourists in 2008, the habituation process for this group was a bit fast than the normal period because normally gorilla families are habituated within a period of 2-3 years. The main purpose for habituating this group was to increase on the number of habituated gorilla families in the park as well as to maximize the number of permits sold to gorilla tourists.
Bitukura gorilla family has 4 silverbacks that are fierce and fight for the pride of the family, Ndahura the second youngest silverback is leading the family. He took over from Karamuzi who retired from power at the age of 42 years.
Bitukura has 13 family members with Ndahura the dominant silverback,
Karamuzi the 2nd, Rukumu, Rukara, Betina, Ruhara, Kamuga the adult
females in the group, Obia and Mugisha are blackbacks and Kabandize the young
juvenile who crossed over from the Kyaguriro group, Kadogo and Mubwindi are the
infants in the family.
You have to book your accommodation within the Ruhija area and rather not Buhoma area to effectively catch up with the Bitukura gorilla family. This saves a trekker from waking up early at around 6:00am to 6:30am. Ruhija area has a variety of lodges that offer excellent lodging services of all categories from budget, mid-range and luxury facilities.