Gorilla Trekking Activity in Kahuzi Biega Park DR.Congo
Kahuzi Biega is formerly the only preserved region in the world where it is potential for tourists and scientists to witness, with certainty and serenity, Grauer’s Gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) in their ordinary habituation. Gorilla trekking experience in Kahuzi Biega National Park, which is home to the Eastern Lowland gorillas in Democratic republic of Congo, will allow you to discover many wonderful and unique characteristics and behaviourism’s of these magnificent creatures. Of the 3 existent sub-species of the Eastern Gorilla, the Grauer’s Gorilla is undoubtedly the most impressive. A visit to the Gorilla, today, is one of the most passionate and heartrending eco-touristic adventures one could experience on the African continent.
Eastern lowland gorillas are one of Africa’s most beloved of primates and this is made obvious by the sheer number of international travellers who come to visit the continent for an African safari experience. Eastern lowland gorillas can only be seen in the Democratic republic of Congo in the famous national park of Kahuzi Biega. The Eastern Lowland gorilla can be trekked for a minimum duration of 3 days, which is offered to explorers as the 3 Days Lowland Gorilla Tour. The terrain of the gorillas is spread out over two famous Mountain ranges that were once active volcanoes, Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega and also within the valleys of the park, which is where the gorilla trekking is done, they are largely herbivorous and eat a wide range of plants, fruits, seeds, leaves, stems and barks as well as ants, termites and other insect’s. Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest on average of all gorilla subspecies. Males can weigh 250 kilograms and can reach two metres tall when standing. Visitors are allowed one hour with the lowland gorilla, and during this hour you can watch them feeding and playing with their young ones. After this special experience, trekkers are invited to visit the local community, and people who inhabitant the forest and who were previously living with the lowland gorillas. The main threat to these lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park is the habitat loss from illegal categorization, agriculture and illegal settlements, poaching and wildlife trade of mainly baby gorillas and mining for coltan as explained. Through observing the gorillas in the wild, we learnt that they will make a new nest from the vegetation for every night, and that the young gorillas will share their mother’s nest until they are about three years old. For the ultimate primate safari discover what Kahuzi- Biega has to offer, experience not only the lowland gorillas but also the Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe forest national park, a park that is the home to over 10 Species of primates in Africa.
Kahuzi Biega National Park, the home to Eastern Low-land Gorillas is located in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo and vacates three provinces. There is north Kivu where you find region of Walikale, South Kivu where you find Kabare, Kalehe, Shabunda and Walunga, and Maniema where you will find Punia. Kahuzi-Biega national park shelters an area of 6000 km², with an elevation extending from 600 to 3308m. Its title originates from two mountains which make its great elevation, Mount Kahuzi (3308m) and Mount Biega (2790m). The Park symbolizes itself by splendid scenery superiority with fauna and flora plus its closeness to Lake Kivu.
The enjoyment with the amazing gorilla trekking activity is another rewarding experience visitors would not love to miss out while on a Congo gorilla safari. Gorilla trekking in Kahuzi-Biega is an encounter with the few remaining eastern lowland gorillas which will give you a clear comparison of mountain gorilla and western lowland gorillas in Africa. On the day of gorilla trekking, the park guide will give you a brief introduction on how to behave while in the jungle in search of the Gorillas in that masks must be worn in order to protect the gorillas from catching human disease.
The length of the hike depends on where the gorillas spent their previous night. Sometimes the tracking will take as short as 1hour and minutes and other days it will take about 4-5 hours since they are always on the move in search for food. The Congo gorilla trekking permit goes for $ 400 throughout the year but the park tends to give special offers that are always communicated to the park officials through the tour operators and the clients when booking through the park. Go gorilla trekking in Congo to enjoy the true experience of watching the world’s largest primates called Eastern Lowland Gorilla.
Nature walks in Kahuzi Biega Park DR.Congo
Nature walks is another important aspect visitor should be aware before embarking on a safari holiday to Kahuzi-Biega National Park either to visit the gorillas or follow the originally designed trails in the famous Democratic Republic of Congo. Hiking trails along Mount Kahuzi, at 3308m, as the highest peak in the park from Tshivanga you take a 20 minutes’ drive to the Kahuzi Patrol Post, the second entrance to the park and the point of departure for the trip. The climb takes 4 hours as you come across an attractive bamboo forest before entering a dry vegetation of heather, senecios and at the summit a splendid view of Lake Kivu and the Bukavu town awaits giving visitors a more memorable experience. Hiking along Mount Biega, which is the second highest peak in the park. The vegetation is completely different from that of mount Kahuzi walking through an impressive formation of giant heather that gives visitors a remarkable experience.
Birding in Kahuzi Biega National Park DR.Congo
Kahuzi-Biega National Park is one of the destinations rich in bird life species but sometimes it’s possible to walk for one and a half hours without spotting any bird species. It’s a home to various distinctive bird species like Rockefeller’s sunbird which brings delight on earth, Ruwenzori Turacos, Trogons, Horn bills species and sun birds.