Kahuzi Biega National Park-Eastern Lowland Gorilla Treks DR Congo
Kahuzi Biega National Park is situated close to Bukavu town east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and along the western bank of Lake Kivu and Rwanda. The park was founded in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver and named after two dormant volcanoes i.e Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega that are located within the park.
It is one of the vast parks in the country covering an area of 6,000 sq kms (2,300 sq mi) and has both montane and lowland terrain as well as the rare species of Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri).
In 1980, the park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its diverse biodiversity of rainforest habitat as well as the endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas. On average, the park receives annual rainfall of 1,800 mm (71 in) with maximum temperatures of 18 °C (64 °F) and minimum temperatures of 10.4 °C (50.7 °F).
The Eastern Lowland Gorillas are the most prominent species encountered here on safari vacation for there are about 125 Gorillas though these have multiplied with time due to appropriate conservation methods and support from individuals as well as other organizations.
Activities to do in Kahuzi Biega National Park
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking is the most prominent activity carried out in Kahuzi Biega National Park. It requires you to transfer to the Park headquarters for briefing on the code of conduct around the Eastern Lowland Gorillas then later in groups of 8 with a skilled ranger guide enter the forest to track the Gorillas in forest vegetation for 3-5 hours. When you meet them only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence taking numerous photos to keep for memories.
Bird Watching is another safari activity carried out in the Park and this offers you views of numerous brilliant species of birds flying around the natural forest vegetation habitat around the Park. The Birds you will watch include; Ruwenzori turaco, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Shelley’s crimson wing, Grauer’s broadbill, Grauer’s warbler etc
Hiking and Nature Walks
Hiking and Nature Walks in Kahuzi Biega National Park are another prominent Safari Activity carried out along the various forest trails. The walks offer you views at various bird species, different mammal species as well as the beautiful scenery. These are taken on in company of an experienced park ranger who informs you about the beautiful Park as well as the various wildlife species.