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Eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Grauer’s Gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega

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Duration

Day

Prices Start from

£2,000 ex. flights

Explore the UNESCO-listed Kahuzi-Biega National Park, home to rare Grauer’s gorillas, beautiful birdlife and volcanic peaks. Trek in search of this critically endangered gorilla subspecies, before soaking up the colourful, colonial charm of the tropical lakeside town of Bukavu.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Silverback eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla, Democratic Republic of the Congo 1

Gorilla Trekking

Encounter a habituated family of Grauer’s gorillas – the largest primate

Lake, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo 2

Bukavu

Stay in the lakeside town of Bukavu, full of tropical gardens and colonial mansions

Luki, D.R.Congo 3

Hiking

Climb Mount Bugulumiza or Mount Biega for spectacular views of the park

Lake Kivu 4

Kayaking

Kayak along the shores of Lake Kivu, past traditional villages and rolling hills

Why we like it

Located just over the border from Rwanda, Kahuzi-Biega is surprisingly accessible. Despite this, few people visit and just a handful of tourists trek for gorillas each year. This means the trekking groups are usually small and there is a chance that you may even have the gorillas to yourself. If this happens, it is a real privilege – all the more so because the only habituated Grauer’s gorillas in the world are found in this beautiful park.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Kigali
  • Day 2
    Kigali - Kamembe - Bukavu
  • Day 3
    Kahuzi-Biega
  • Day 4
    Kahuzi-Biega
  • Day 5
    Bukavu - Kibuye
  • Day 6
    Kibuye - Kigali
Acacia Tree, D.R.Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo

Kahuzi-Biega

Founded in 1939 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, Kahuzi Biega National Park remains the last stronghold of the eastern lowland gorillas, number around 250 individuals. Dominated by two huge extinct volcanoes (Kahuzi and Biega) this vast area of primary tropical forest is a sprawling park of lush, rolling hills and thick jungle which is also home to the elusive forest elephant.

Eastern lowland (Grauer's) gorilla, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Gorilla Trekking

An adventurous alternative to gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda, DRC is home to the last surviving population of Grauer’s gorillas. Found almost exclusively in Kahuzi-Biega, this critically-endangered subspecies is the lowland cousin of the mountain gorilla and is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies.

Pirogues, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Explore Bukavu

The town of Bukavu is believed to be the prettiest town in the whole of the DRC, with faded colonial mansions and lush gardens dotting the lakeside peninsulas, where traditional fishing boats float on the lake.

Stay at the long-established Orchids Safari Club in Bukavu. This privately owned hotel is full of character, set amongst beautiful tropical gardens that extend to Lake Kivu, which itself is surrounded by stunning mountains.

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £2,000 Per person

When to travel

Democratic Republic of Congo in January

January and February is the short dry season, so it is a good time to visit. It is hot, so if you are planning to climb Nyiragongo it will be slightly less cold on the top. However be prepared for rain at any time of year though, as the DRC has a tropical climate.

Democratic Republic of Congo in February

January and February is the short dry season, so it is a good time to visit. It is hot, so if you are planning to climb Nyiragongo it will be slightly less cold on the top. However be prepared for rain at any time of year though, as the DRC has a tropical climate.

Democratic Republic of Congo in March

March to May is the short rainy season, so you’ll definitely need to bring a raincoat if you plan to travel at this time. It is the quietest time of year though, so you can have your pick of the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in April

March to May is the short rainy season, so you’ll definitely need to bring a raincoat if you plan to travel at this time. It is the quietest time of year though, so you can have your pick of the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in May

March to May is the short rainy season, so you’ll definitely need to bring a raincoat if you plan to travel at this time. It is the quietest time of year though, so you can have your pick of the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in June

June to September is definitely the driest time of year to explore Virunga and Nyiragongo. It will be cooler and less humid, so easier for trekking. However, you will need all your layers on the top of Nyiragongo. The most popular time to travel so is prepared to book in advance to secure the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in July

June to September is definitely the driest time of year to explore Virunga and Nyiragongo. It will be cooler and less humid, so easier for trekking. However, you will need all your layers on the top of Nyiragongo. The most popular time to travel, so be prepared to book in advance to secure the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in August

June to September is definitely the driest time of year to explore Virunga and Nyiragongo. It will be cooler and less humid, so easier for trekking. However, you will need all your layers on the top of Nyiragongo. The most popular time to travel, so be prepared to book in advance to secure the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in September

June to September is definitely the driest time of year to explore Virunga and Nyiragongo. It will be cooler and less humid, so easier for trekking. However, you will need all your layers on the top of Nyiragongo. The most popular time to travel, so be prepared to book in advance to secure the best accommodation.

Democratic Republic of Congo in October

October to December is the long rainy season. November is the wettest month, so if you do plan to travel at this time you’ll need to be well prepared with all-weather gear. However, accommodation is easier to come by and you may be able to save money on gorilla permits and hotels.

Democratic Republic of Congo in November

October to December is the long rainy season. November is the wettest month, so if you do plan to travel at this time you’ll need to be well prepared with all-weather gear. However, accommodation is easier to come by and you may be able to save money on gorilla permits and hotels.

Democratic Republic of Congo in December

October to December is the long rainy season. November is the wettest month, so if you do plan to travel at this time you’ll need to be well prepared with all-weather gear. However, accommodation is easier to come by and you may be able to save money on gorilla permits and hotels.

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