Silverback Gorilla, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Why Visit Kahuzi-Biega National Park

  • Explore the last remaining habitat for eastern lowland gorillas in the D.R.C
  • Climb the summits of Mt Bugulumiza or Mt Biega for spectacular views of the park
  • Walk the forest trails in search of the (very) elusive forest elephants and bongo
  • 200 resident species including the Congo peacock & Rwenzori turaco

 

A Little More About Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Founded in 1939 and later a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, Kahuzi-Biega National Park remains the last stronghold of the eastern lowland gorillas, numbering around 250 individuals with three habituated families. Dominated by two huge extinct volcanoes (Kahuzi and Beiga) this vast area of primary tropical forest is a sprawling park of lush, rolling hills and thick jungle.

 The forest trails are sometimes frequented by the elusive forest elephant and is also home to a surprisingly high number of other primates, including Bosman’s potto, red tailed monkey and Angolan Black Monkeys all found here. The birding here is also excellent and surprisingly easy to spot some of the resident birds, including the famous Congo peacock. For those who still have the energy, then there is also the chance to go on a shorter hike to Mt Bulugumisa, which takes you past the pretty Tshibati waterfalls before enjoying the magnificent views from the summit.

When To go

Jan to Feb and then end of May through to October are drier times, with heavier rains in November and March and April. That said, this is a rainforest region with its own micro-climate so expect the unexpected with rain possible at any time. 

 

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