Kahuzi Biega national park found in the Eastern Democratic republic of Congo. The park derives it’s name from two extinct volcanoes Kahuzi and Biega straddling the Congo basin and the Albertine rift valley to the west of Lake Kivu and Rwandan boarder.
Kahuzi Biega national park is named after two extinct volcanoes Kahuzi and Biega, Mount Kahuzi is the highest peak in this Kivu region with the highest population in Congo. The park has also been listed as world heritage site by UNESCO.
The park is home to some of the world’s eastern low land gorillas, the park is characterized by bamboo forests, Afro montane forests and low land rain forests. Kahuzi Biega national park protects about 136 mammal species, numerous plant species over 1000 recorded in highland zone.
Kahuzi Biega national park was established in 1970 mainly establish the Grauers gorilla species the park was later on expanded to converse the lowland virgin forests from 600 to6000 kilometers squared in 1975, the first gorilla trekking in the world occurred in this park. The park boats with 66 species of reptiles and 44 species of mammals with a lot of bird species
This park is characterized by montane forests, bamboo forests, low land forests and alpine prairies. The park is one of the most important ecologically diverse regions in the world
Activities at Kahuzi Biega national park
Kahuzi Biega national park is endowed eastern low land gorillas some of which are endemic to this area, apart from gorilla trekking tourists can come across other primates like chimpanzees, white and black colobus monkey, vervet monkey, blue monkey, Genet, grey cheeked Mangebay, baboons, L’Hoest monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey and olive baboon among the rest. Kahuzi contains a great diversity of the mammalian species than any other region of the Albertine rift valley.
The park supports other various wildlife such as the giant forests Genet, hylochere, bongo, bush elephant, bush buffalos, leopards, antelopes, duikers and otters among the rest.
Kahuzi Biega national park is home to over 349 species of birds making it a birders paradise, some of the birds to be seen are the Rwenzori Turaco, Grauers broadbill, Grauers warbler, Rockefellers sunbird, Shelley’s crimson wing, most of the birds here are endemic to the Albertine rift valley.
How to get there
The park can be accessed by road from Bakuvu
Town which is just 50 kilometers from the park or dome tic charter flights can be arranged to the Kivu region and then travel to the park by road, visitors can also fly to Kigali Rwanda then travel to the park from Kigali via Goma.
Where to stay
Where to stay at the park will depend on the tourist’s choice and budget a number of accommodation units provide comfortable rooms and very warm welcoming staff that will make your stay feel like your home a way from home.
Best time to visit
Kahuzi Biega national park has got very favorable climate favoring visitors, the park can be visited all year round, and however the best time is during the dry season.