Visit Kahuzi Biega National Park For Lowland Gorilla Trek, Bird Watching & Nature Walks
Democratic Republic of Congo is greatly a gifted country in terms of tourism because besides protecting the rare endangered Mountain gorillas, it also resides many of the eastern low-land gorillas which are found in this Park.
The country is thus the only country in the world to have both Mountain gorillas and eastern low-land gorillas thus offering its gorilla trekkers to enjoy both types of gorillas and at cheaper prices.
Gorilla permit in Congo is sold at US$ 400 and Kahuzi-Biega national park is the best place in Congo to trek the eastern low-land gorillas which have different behaviors like those which you will have trekked in Virunga (Mountain gorillas).
The Park is found in the eastern parts of Congo in Bukavu town near the western shores of Lake Kivu and the border of Congo-Rwanda.
The Park is composed of two dormant volcanoes which are; Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega through which the names of both volcanoes are combined to name the Kahuzi-Biega national park. It is one of the country’s biggest national parks with an area of 6,000 square kilometers nestled in both mountainous and lowland terrains.
The Park has a rich diversity of flora and fauna of which it protects over 1,178 plant species in the mountainous region of the Park together with over 349 bird species and 139 mammals.
There are over 12 Gorilla groups in Kahuzi-Biega but only 4 are habituated for Gorilla tracking. The most recommended gorilla family to visit in Kahuzi Biega National Park during your low-land gorilla trekking is the Chimanuka gorilla family with over 19 members.
Other habituated gorilla families in the Park include; Bonanni with 5 members, Mpungwe with 21 members and it is recommended to travelers who seek to enjoy double gorilla tracking in the jungle and it is the largest of all families plus the other habituated gorilla family in the Park being Muhaguka with only one member and it is recommended to conversational trekkers and old ones however there is also a wild gorilla family in the Park called Nganwa with one silver back and ten members.