One Reason to Visit Kahuzi Biega National Park – Gorillas!!
Have you heard of the gentle mountain giants? Or are you always fantasizing about a gorilla safari Africa but not exactly sure of where to go for a thrilling gorilla encounter which is quite friendly on your pockets as well? Well, fantasize no more because am here to put all your fantasies to reality with a Congo gorilla safari to Kahuzi-Biega National Park. Yes, a gorilla safari Congo to Kahuzi Biega National Park is all you need as it perfectly fits in your desires. Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo is one of the few places on the planet that is home to the majestic gorillas whose population is alarmingly on a blink of extinction if not properly monitored.
Finding Kahuzi Biega National Park
Where is Kahuzi Biega National Park? To precisely answer your question, Kahuzi Biega National Park is found in the Democratic Republic Of Congo on the African continent along geographical co-ordinates of 2o30’0” S 28o45’0” E. The park lies in the eastern part of D.R Congo in the Kivu region. It is bordered by the Lake Kivu and Rwanda in the eastern end with Bakavu being the closest town to the park. In the north, the park is bordered by Tulakawa, Ibumba in the west and Irega and Kisasa areas in the south. Kahuzi Bga stretches to cover a land area of about 6000sqkm of land covering areas like Mitumba mountain range in the Albertine Rift, it also occupies a corridor of 7.4km or 4.6mi that connects the mountainous area side of the park to its larger lowland area which covers about 5600sqkm running from Bukavu to Kisangani with rivers Luka and Lugulu flowing in its basin and these later join the main Lualaba river. Kahuzi Biega National Park got its name from the existence of 2 dormant volcanoes within its confinement i.e. mount Kahuzi with an altitude of 3308m or 10853ft and mount Biega with an altitude of 2790m or 9150ft.
The birth of Kahuzi Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo came into existence on 27th July 1937 during the Belgian colonial era in DR Congo when the then colonial governor of Congo decided to gazette it as zoological and forest reserve of mount Kahuzi. In 1975, the forest reserve was extended to its current coverage of 6000sqkm and in 1980, it was declared a United Nations Education and Scientific Research Organisation site under criterion X
The gorilla encounter you’ve been looking for.
You won’t help but be amazed on your Congo gorilla tour to Kahuzi Biega National Park by how diverse this park is. During your gorilla tour Congo to Kahuzi Biega National Park, you will definitely realize that this park is set on a varied landscape which supports a varied vegetation cover with vegetation types such as swamps bogs, marshland and riparian forests are found in the wet areas of the park.
The western lowland of the park is covered by Guinea- Congolian equatorial forests. the eastern end of Kahuzi Biega is occupied by mountains with a continuous vegetation cover seen from as low as 600m or 2000ft to as high as 2600m or 8500ft and this area is covered by 6 distinct vegetation types which are swamps and peat bogs, swamp forests, high altitude rain forest, mountain rain forest, bamboo forest and subalpine heather.
With all these variations in vegetation cover due to change in landscape, Kahuzi Biega has a wide range of biodiversity to give in a myriad of Congo safari attraction in Kahuzi Biega National Park for you to encounter. These tourist attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo begin with the elusive gentle mountain giants the eastern lowland gorillas and Kahuzi is home to 181 individuals.
Besides the majestic gorillas, Other Congo safari attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park include an astronomical count of over 1178 plant species being protected under this national park. About 136 species of mammals also call this tropical pristine area home, among these are eastern chimpanzees, owl faced monkeys, bush elephants, bush buffaloes, Ruwenzori otter shrews, giant forest hogs, leopards, olive baboon, over 349 birds habituate in Kahuzi Beiga National Park.
With all these attractions, Congo tour to Kahuzi Biega should be nothing less of total awesomeness giving the various Congo safari activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park you’re bound to enjoy on your safari Congo here. Since this park is home to the mystical giants, we expect nothing but an epic gorilla trekking Congo tour to be your first choice for tourist activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park to engage in.
You can also decide to complement this Congo safari tour to Kahuzi Biega with a Congo birding safari experience and nature hiking in this tropical forest. In order for you to enjoy this gorilla safari you need to make an overnight stay in any of the several Congo safari accommodations in Kahuzi Biega National Park.
Kahuzi Biega is equipped with all lodge types such as luxury lodges in Kahuzi Biega like Orchids Safari Lodge. Mid-range lodges in Kuahuzi Biega National Park include Coco Lodge while budget lodges in Kahuxi Biega National park are Begonians Hotel and Exodus Hotel Bukavu
Mind the weather as you plan for a safari to Kahuzi Biega
Being largely covered by tropical rainforests, Kahuzi Biega experiences a tropical rain forest climate pattern with high rainfall amount of about 1800mm being received in 2 peak seasons between the months of March-May and September- November with average annual temperatures ranging at a minimum of 14-16oc while the maximum temperatures range around 20-25oc.
Who to contact about a Congo gorilla tour to Kahuzi Biega Park?
If you are interested in a safaris Congo to Kahuzi Biega national Park, there are various tour companies in Congo that offer Congo safaris tours to Kahuzi Biega Park for a stunning gorilla trekking Congo experience and these include Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd and Wild Gorilla Safaris.