Kahuzi Biega National park is located in the southern part of Lake kivu and the nearest point is Bukavu town. It’s well known to be the home to the eastern lowland gorillas , The park is located about 30 km drive from Bukavu and is easily accessible, the reason why all overnight is booked in Bukavu town is that there is accommodation near the park. Tracking these endangered lowland gorillas and intriguing animals is a real retreat that can make your vacation a distinct safari once booked with primate safaris Rwanda as lowland gorillas are different from mountain gorillas which are found in three national parks of Virunga in Congo, volcanoes in Rwanda, Bwindi & Mgahinga in Uganda. Kahuzi Biega NP is a mountainous jungle area dominated by two extinct volcanos; mount Kahuzi & mount Biega.
Lowland Gorilla tracking
Only four of the gorilla families have been conditioned to accept human visitors. Book your tour to see the Lowland Gorillas in time to get a Gorilla permit.
Kahuzi – Biega is the world’s last remaining natural habitat for the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. Primate safaris Rwanda is offering combined Congo gorilla & Hiking safaris to travellers that wish to enjoy the great Kahuzi biega national park in Democratic republic of Congo. All safaris to Congo start from Rwanda, so it’s among the best option to make an extension of Rwanda safari with Congo section.
Hiking in Kahuzi biega national park with primate safaris Rwanda.
Hike Mt. Kahuzi
This is the highest peak in the park, at 3,308m. The climb takes approximately 4 hours through bamboo forest and sub alpine vegetation, and 3 hours to descend. The summit provides spectacular views of Lake Kivu and the city of Bukavu.
Hike Mt. Biega
The second highest peak in the park lies at an altitude of 2790m. The vegetation differs significantly from Mount Kahuzi making it a wonderful ecological experience. The climb takes about 6 hours return, so it is important to make an early start. Park staffs are currently working to construct a clear trail to Mt Biega. Contact Matoke tours for more information when you are interested in doing this hike.
Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation centre
The Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL) was established in 2002 when it became apparent that the illegal trade in wildlife for bush meat was a problem in the area and that the animals’ confiscated as a result required rehabilitation and long term care.
The CRPL houses 55 chimpanzees and 75 monkeys, representing more than ten different species. With established education and awareness programs, and as the only wildlife sanctuary in the region. The Centre is situated just outside the boundary of the UNESCO listed Kahuzi-Biega national park, check out for the chimpanzee feeding safari with us.