4 activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Kahuzi Biega National Park is one of the prominent and visited Congo national parks that travelers visit for primate safaris and nature tours any time of the year. Kahuzi Biega national Park is famous for hosting the Eastern Lowland Gorillas in its montane forest. Located in the Albertine Rift valley region near Bukavu town and the western bank of Lake Kivu and the Rwanda Border.
Kahuzi Biega National Park covers about 6,000 square kilometers of land, a very large area consisting on montane forest, 2 dormant volcanos of Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega both of which are what the park derives its name from.
Kahuzi Biega National Park inhabits variety of wildlife species that travelers can enjoy while on a Congo safari tour. the various wildlife in Kahuzi Biega National Park include the eastern lowland gorillas, forest elephants, buffalos, antelopes, black and white colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, blue monkeys, forest hogs among so many others that travelers could look out for whilst on a Kahuzi Biega National Park safari.
There are a number of activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park that travelers can do. Below are the top 4 activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park;
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking
Eastern lowland gorilla trekking is the top most sought after and done of the top things to do in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Eastern lowland gorillas can only be trekked in Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Congo. There are about 145 eastern lowland gorillas recorded in the park as of the 2013 gorilla census. Of these, there are 5 habituated eastern lowland gorilla families that travelers can encounter while on a gorilla trekking safari in Congo. The habituated gorilla families in Kahuzi Biega National Park include Bonnani Gorilla Family, Mpungwe Gorilla Family, Chimanuka Gorilla Family, Mugahuka gorilla family and Nganwa gorilla family.
Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking takes about 1 hour to 6 hours or more depending on the terrain and location of the gorillas, and tails travelers hiking through the forest in search for the gorillas. Eastern lowland gorilla trekking is done in the company of rangers that are conversant with the park most.
With the presence of Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega, travelers are presented with a mountain climbing opportunity and being rewarded with amazing views of the park. Mount Kahuzi stands at 3308m above sea level, while Mount Biega stands at 2790m above sea level, both providing a challenge to those travelers that are after mountain climbing with a chance of spotting a number of primates whilst on the trek say chimpanzees and a number of birds.
Bird watching is another of the 4 activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park that travelers can enjoy whilst on a Congo safari tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park. There are over 450 birds in Kahuzi Biega National Park that travelers could spot out whilst bird watching in the park. Of the over 450 birds on Kahuzi Biega National Park, there are 24 Albertine endemics that a keen birder should look out for whilst on a birding safari in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Birds to look out for include the African Broadbill, Congo Peafowl, Grauer’s Broadbill, Rwenzori Turaco, among so many others. Bird watching in Kahuzi Biega National Park can be done twice a day in two different sessions including the morning and evening sessions.
Another of the top 4 things to do in Kahuzi Biega National Park include nature walks. There are well established walking trains in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo that travelers can use to navigate the park on foot and discover some of the most hidden gems of the park like the Tshiabati waterfalls, as well as spot a number of animals and birds, including butterflies and plant species that would be pointed out by your knowledgeable guides!
Apart from the above mentioned 4 activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park, there are other things to do in the park by those travelers with enough time in the park. Other activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park include visiting Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre, cultural encounters of the communities around the park, as well as boat cruise on Lake Kivu which is nearby.
All the above activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park can be done while in the park, all in the company of ranger guides who are well versed with the park. Get in touch with a knowledgeable tour operator like Focus East Africa Tours to help you pitch an amazingly satisfying Kahuzi Biega National Park safari, and beyond to say for Tanzania safari tours, Kenya safari tours, Uganda safaris as well as Rwanda safaris.