Tayna Nature Reserve

Tayna national reserve was early with an aim of protecting mainly Grauers gorillas and also other animals like leopards and elephants, the reserve were created with an agreement of the traditional elders who had managed it for many generations.

Tayna gorilla reserve covers an area of 886 kilometers squared habituating about 450 Grauers gorillas in the Eastern part of Congo part of north Kivu. The endless of the magnificent reserve are simply breath taking as it’s positioned in an area of the transitioning of the great Albertine rift valley to the Congo river hence providing panoramic views.

Tayna national reserve has received an equal status by the congolesse government just like it’s national parks hence the support it gets from various organizations and the government to support it’s growth into a conservation area.

A one chief known as Pierre Kakule initiated other chiefs in the region who supported him in forming this reserve to help many of the Bamati and the Batangi people many of which were affected by civil wars that left many children orphaned the reserve now set up an institution in support of this children and creation of awareness of the importance of conserving the environment for sustainable tourism.

Tayna gorilla reserve was created on April 1998 owned and protected by the locals of the nearby villages; the reserve has since received donations from non government organizations like conservation international and the Walt Disney Company in support of the protection of the reserve.

Activities at Tayna gorilla reserve

Gorilla trekking

Trekking of the endangers Grauers gorillas is the most common activity here however, tourists will also come across other primates such as chimpanzees, Okapi, bonobos and many others

Wildlife viewing

A part from gorilla trekking tourists can views other animals like elephants, leopards, antelopes, crocodiles and many more

Bird watching

Bird watching at the reserve can be done during the gorilla trekking some of the birds here are migratory while others are residential the exact number of species is yet to be known.

Nature guided walks

Nature guided walks can be taken at the Tayna gorilla sanctuary with a bonus of seeing wildlife, birds, plant species, insects, butterflies and many more.

Best time to visit Tayna gorilla reserve

The climate at the reserve is favorable and the reserve can be visited all year round but the bet time is in the dry season.

How to get to Tayna gorilla reserve

Tourists can access the reserve through air transport and by road transport they can travel to Kivu but the best is to use a tour company to organize tour safari.

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