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…
They say that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the country around which all other African countries revolve and that you can only know Africa if you know the DRC. Two-thirds of the size of Western Europe and home to nearly 300 different languages and tribes, the DRC is a country of vast jungles and dark corners, endangered primates and tribal strongholds, equatorial rainforests and active volcanoes. It is easy to see the appeal.
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Go in search of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains.
Have some downtime amidst crumbling colonial mansions beside the shores of Lake Kivu.
Follow chimpanzees through the forests, tracking a habituated family.
Take a boat trip to Idjwi Island, located in the centre of Lake Kivu and swim in the cool waters.
Spend a night on Nyiragongo Volcano and watch the world’s largest lava lake from above.
Walk the forest trails in search of the (very) elusive forest elephants and bongo.
Climb the summits of Mount Bugulumiza or Mount Biega for spectacular views of the park.
Go gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park, home to habituated Grauer’s gorillas.
Discover Kahuzi-Biega’s 200 resident bird species, including the Congo peacock and Rwenzori turaco.
Head north, into Virunga National Park’s savannah grasslands and stay at Lulimbi Camp, beside the Ishasha River.
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25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
You can trek in search of habituated gorilla families in two places in DRC, Virunga National Park and Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The former is home to mountain gorillas, whilst the latter safeguards one of the last remaining populations of Grauer’s gorillas.
Unfortunately not. Currently, we only offer trips to Virunga National Park, Lake Kivu and Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Although tourism is still underdeveloped in these areas, facilities do exist. In the rest of the country, the logistical challenges are simply too great for us to arrange trips.
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The Rangers of Virunga National Park lay down their lives to protect the amazing biodiversity of the park; which means, in turn, the park has a duty to look after those who are left behind. In 2016, Virunga National Park, in collaboration with the NAT GEO Rainforest, developed the Widows Workshop to protect and empower the widows of the rangers.
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