EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS AND HISTORY OF GORILLA TRACKING
The Eastern Lowland Gorilla (gorilla beringei graueri) were the first sub-species of gorillas to be visited by tourists in the early 1970s. In the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, two gorilla groups had been adapted to social manifestation by the efforts of one of the Park’s co-founders, a Belgian man called Adrian Deschryver, and his dedicated team of Congolese staff. Those habituated gorillas were silverbacks called Casimir and Mushamuka.
The impact of gorilla tourism was a positive one for the communities around the park and generated good incomes. Tourists bought locally-made souvenirs, local food, stayed in hotels, paid to have their shoes repaired, etc. Unfortunately, Casimir, one of the first habituated silverbacks, died in 1974. But by the 1980’s the Kahuzi-Biega National Park had four habituated gorilla groups. The silverback leaders of these groups were Mushamuka, Maheshe, Ninja and Mubalala. Gorilla tracking became famous after the release of the film ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ in 1988. Tourists came from all over the world to visit both the Mountain Gorillas in the film and the Eastern Lowland Gorillas too.
What Else Can you see apart from Eastern Lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega Park
After your gorilla tours in Congo, a visit to Maiko National Park is a great opportunity to see the other half of the remaining Eastern gorillas in the world. Visit the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda for Gorilla trekking or combine the Nyiragongo Volcano climbing tour on multi country adventure in Africa. Besides the mountain gorillas, check for Gorilla Trek Africa. You can combine your Rwanda or Congo gorilla tour with climbing mount Nyiragongo. While in Kahuzi Biega National Park, besides visiting the Eastern Lowland gorillas, you can take a safari to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park, Maiko National Park, Ituri forest, Upemba National Park & Okapi Wildlife Reserve and other interesting tourist areas that are worth checking out like the Idjwi Island. Check Congo safari destinations here.
A trek to mount Nyiragongo is a hooray journey to the world`s largest active lava lake. The whole hiking experience of Nyiragongo mountain contains most of the theoretical geography that you have studied.
Virunga National Park in Congo, inhabits the sensational Mountain Gorillas and a number of other animals like chimpanzees-99% human like ape, hippopotami, bird species, forest and Savannah elephants and lions.
The summit rim of mount Nyiragongo is mostly bear with no vegetation and usually covered with snow. While on the rim, guests can take steps down into the churning lava lake, glance and experience the hot gasses..