If you are planning to visit Congo, your will enjoy Eco tours in Congo visiting the Virunga National Park taking our tailor made Hiking the mount Nyiragongo and gorilla safari holiday in Congo. Congo has other national parks that you can visit for gorillas like the Kahuzi Biega National Park famously known for the Lowland Gorillas.
Visit the Virunga National Park for Congo gorilla trekking tours, chimpanzees habituation and the Mount Nyiragongo Hike. While on your visit to Virunga you can spend the first night in the Goma town and afterward with the use of jeeps transfer you to the start of the activities to undertake in this Eco tourist site. On your visit you can stay at the Mikeno Lodge in the park, Bukima Tented Camp and thereafter having the great adventure you can have a relax holiday at the Tchegera Island Tented Camp and explore other parts of the island in a sea kayak or by paddle board, Tchegera is the perfect place for rest and relaxation.
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Visit Kahuzi Biega National Park
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is the new destination of choice in central and eastern Africa, offering visitors the chance to admire the worlds’ largest species of primate, the Grauer’s gorillas, in a true sanctuary for biodiversity.
Mounts Kahuzi and Biega, the two extinct volcanoes that have given their names to the national park, are symbols of the conservation of humid tropical mountain forests and of the species living there, including forest elephants and chimpanzees. Visitors can choose to climb these summits to enjoy extraordinary views of the vast tracts of surrounding forest, mountains and Lake Kivu, or enjoy the network of trails taking in a stunning diversity of landscapes including tropical forests, bamboo forests, swamps and waterfalls. Spend a night camping in the park to soak up the sounds of the jungle and to truly immerse yourself in this natural paradise.
The park’s proximity to the picturesque city of Bukavu, located right on the border with Rwanda, enables visitors to pick and choose from a variety of hotels and restaurants, and to relax by the banks of Lake Kivu.
The Park invites all visitors with a spirit of adventure to discover a region replete with natural, cultural and historic attractions and be welcomed by a people known for their warmth, vivacity and humour. The Kahuzi-Biega National Park was the world’s first park to offer gorilla trekking in the 1970s. Now it, along with the surrounding region, is transforming itself; come and be a part of the renaissance.
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is situated in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), near Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. It consists of a smaller sector on the eastern side covering part of the Mitumba Mountains, and a larger western sector in the Congo central basin. The two zones are connected by a narrow corridor. The entrance to the park is at Tshivanga, on the eastern side.
How to get to the Kahuzi-Biega National Park
To the Park: Kahuzi Biega National Park is located 30 km west of Bukavu. Follow the road to Kavumu Airport and, at Miti, take a left and keep going straight until you reach the visitor centre.
By Road: You can reach Bukavu by bus or by car from Rwanda via the Cyangungu border, from Burundi via the Uvira border, and from Goma via the road along Lake Kivu (check latest security information for the latter).
By Boat: Several operators travel daily between Goma and Bukavu, with tickets for rapid boats (2 hours) costing on average USD 50 and slower but larger boats (6 hours) costing between USD 8-25. Tickets can be bought at the ports in Goma and Bukavu and it is recommended that you get these at least one day in advance.
By Air: The nearest international airports are in Goma (2 hours by boat), Bujumbura, Burundi (3 hours by road) and Kigali, Rwanda (6 hours by road). It is also possible to fly to Entebbe Airport in Uganda, which is another 9 hours by road from Kigali.
The Grauer’s gorilla is only found in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is protected in the Kahuzi-Biega and Maiko National Parks and is distributed between Lubutu in the North, Lubero in the North-East and Fizi in the South. The Grauer’s gorilla is the largest of all the subspecies, with males in the wild reaching weights of 250 kg and heights of 2 m when standing upright. The females are considerably smaller with a maximum weight of 110 kg and a height of 140 cm. There are nine families being followed by our rangers in the high altitude sector. We have two habituated gorilla families led by the silver backs Chimanuka and his brother Mugaruka and one other family currently in the process of habituation.
A typical visit will start with a 1-2 hour trek through the forest (although occasionally the trek will take only a few minutes), making your way through the dense and varied vegetation, where you may come across some our other primates such as the Owl-faced Guenon, spot one our endemic birds like the colorful Ruwenzori Touraco, or stumble in the footprint of a forest elephant. Before reaching the gorilla family, your guide will give you a detailed briefing on safety, how to behave, and what to expect.
Visitors will have one full hour to admire these gentle animals in their daily routine: feeding, playing, resting, grooming. If you are with our star silver back Chimanuka, try to spot the four sets of twins, an unheard of phenomenon which has baffled and excited the world’s primatologist community. If you were not already convinced of the importance of protecting this animal, by the end of this magical hour, you will be.