Kahuzi Biega national park
Kahuzi Biega national park is known as the oldest tourism safari destination in Democratic Republic of Congo that is situated near Bukavu town in the western bank of Lake Kivu. Kahuzi Biega national park is one of the popular destination known for the Eastern lowland gorillas in the entire East Africa, that’s why the park attracts various number of the tourists from worldwide to come and witness the giant apes that are unique in their habitants. Kahuzi Biega national park is composed of dormant volcanoes that is Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega from where the name Kahuzi Biega is derived from, the park features unique vegetation cover that is made of forests montane, the vegetation harbors the eastern lowland gorillas hence making gorilla trekking the charming safari activity at Kahuzi Biega national park.
Attractions in Kahuzi Biega national park.
Eastern lowland gorillas.
Eastern lowland gorillas are the best attraction in Kahuzi Biega national park where the tourists on a Congo safari tend to carry out eastern gorilla trekking. These are such attractive species that are large compared to the mountain gorillas that are such more attractive to the tourists.
Other wildlife species that are found in Kahuzi Biega national park includes the bush buffalo, acquatic civet, bush elephant, owl-faced monkey, olive baboon and among others that attract various tourists to the park.
Kahuzi Biega national park is a birding paradise where the park boasts over 349 bird species. The park has got the bird species that are under the IUNC Red list of the endangered species like African Green Broadbill, Rockefeller’s sunbird, Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike, Congo Peafowl. Other bird species that are found in Kahuzi Biega national park includes trogons, Rwenzori Turacos, Africa broadbill, Rockefellers and among others.
Mount Kahuzi is one of the two dormant volcanoes. The mountain is one of the attractive element in the park that stands on the height of 3,317 meters above the sea level, the mountain offers the visitors with the incredible hiking safari.
Mount Biega is as well the extinct volcano that elevated at height of 2,790 meters above the sea level and the mountain lies within the Mitumba mountain ranges. Mount Biega is attractive feature that is found in Kahuzi Biega national park.
Lwiro sanctuary is among the attractions in Kahuzi Biega national park that is located next to the park that harbors the chimpanzees. On a Congo safari to Kahuzi Biega national park various tourists visit the sanctuary to spot the chimpanzees especially the orphaned chimpanzees.
Activities to do in Kahuzi Biega national park.
Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking.
Eastern lowland gorilla trekking is the mostly done safari activity that people do in Kahuzi Biega national park where the tourists get to experience the eastern lowland gorillas in their habitants. Tourists come to the park to clearly observe the eastern lowland gorillas that are different from the mountain gorillas.
Eastern lowland gorilla trekking starts with a briefing at the park headquarters with a briefing about the rules and the regulations to follow while carrying out gorilla trekking in the park. After the briefing you can be divided into different groups and each group can be given a park guide who takes you in the trekking trails in the jungle to search for the eastern lowland gorillas. Along the way searching for the gorillas you get to observe different biodiversity along the way that makes you gorilla trekking the most incredible one.
Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking in the park takes a period of about 30 minutes to 8 hours depending in the location of the eastern lowland gorillas, immediately you get to find the gorillas you can be given one hour to be in the presence of the mountain gorillas, while observing their size height, hierarchical structure among others that are different from the mountain gorillas. Also during that one hour you observe their behaviors, feeding patterns, how they co-exist with one another, how their make their next night nests, grooming habits and among others.
Bird watching is the popular safari activity that takes place. The park is the perfect place for the bird lovers where they get the chance to spot over 349 bird species that are located in the park including the migratory bird species, endemic bird species, and tropical bird species. Some of the bird species to be spotted includes the Graud’s broad bill, double collared sunbird, marsh harrier, long-crested eagle handsome Francolin, sunbirds, yellow crested-helmet shrike, trogons, shelley’s crimson wing and among many others, that gives the tourists the best bird watching safari experience.
A safari in Congo cannot be complete minus carrying out the hiking Congo safari in Kahuzi Biega national park. This is where the tourists get to experience and hike the two dormant volcanoes of Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega that are found in the park where they give you the stunning views. Hiking safari in the park rewards the tourists with sighting the number of attractions in the park like the bird species, endless views of the mountains as you observe the number of primates swinging themselves from the tree branches to another, Lake Kivu and among many others.
Nature walks are another attractive information where the tourists enjoy the nature of the park while on foot. Nature walks in the park offers the tourists with the opportunity to explore the entire park corners through witnessing the unique wildlife that is located in the park and learning through a lot with the presence of the park rangers and guides that gives you information and knowledge about the park.
Community cultural tours.
Community cultural tours are among the reasons to why the tourists visit the park. Here the visitors do interact with the locals and learn more about their various indigenous cultures in Congo. Visitors enjoy the community cultural tours in the park through interacting with the local communities that stay within the national park through learning their daily lifestyle, watching the interesting performances like storytelling, dances, signing traditional songs, playing traditional games and among many others that makes their Congo safari complete.
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