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 The Amazing Congo Gorilla Safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park

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The Amazing Congo Gorilla Safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park

3 days Kahuzi Biega National Park

Lowland gorillas

Are you looking the magical gorilla moment? Let’s adventure together to Congo’s Kahizi Biega National Park for a thrilling Congo gorilla safari / Uganda gorilla tour experience. located at the eastern side of the democratic republic of Congo, Kahuzi Biega national park Congo is of the few places on the planet that are home to these elusive giants. Kahuzi Biega National Park is the only national park in the eastern part of Africa with the giant lowland gorillas.  A gorilla trekking Congo safari gives you an opportunity to meet these remarkable huge but shy giants.

What are lowland gorillas?

Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the 4 existing gorilla species with a male eastern lowland gorilla having an average weight of 210kg or 460ib while females weigh less with an average weight of 100kg or 220ib. The males have an average standing height of 1.85m or 6.1ft while females stand at an average of 1.6m of5.2ft. The eastern lowland gorilla has large stocky arms and a short muzzle with less fur on the head. These gorillas have a jet black coat similar to that of mountain gorillas. The male eastern gorillas still have a grey coat which will eventually turn into a silver-grey coat especially on the back hence the terming silver back. Just like their mountain cousins, lowland gorillas live in large groups called families which are headed by an alpha dominant male, whose main responsibility is to offer protection to his family. The family can consist of members ranging from 2-35 on average including a number of adult females and their offsprings. When these offsprings mature especially the male, they are likely to leave their natal family, become bachelors for a time being as they try to attract females to join them and form their own family. These gorillas are usually calm giants who will even shy away when directly contacted. These gorillas are normally herbivores eating leaves, fruits, stems and small insects such as termites and ants. They are not usually seen drinking water and its believed that this is so because they forage mostly on leaves that are highly succulent with high water content. Eastern gorillas have a gestation period of about 8 and ½ months and will breastfeed their babies for around 3 years’ time. Male infants will only reach maturity at 12 years while the female babies will attain maturity at 10 years

Gorilla families in kahuzi biega national park congo.

A Congo gorilla tour to Kahuzi Beiga enables you to meet any of the 2 gorilla habituated families in the domains of this park. The gorilla families are the main safari attractions in Kahuzi Beiga national park and they include the

Chimanuka family

Chimanuka family is led by a dominant silverback called Chimanuka. This family comprises of 36 members which include 17 females and 18 infants aged 6 months to 9 years old. This family has heavily defied odds by having 4 sets of twin births which is highly uncommon among the gorillas.

Mugaruka family

This is the second habituated gorilla family in Kahuzi Beiga National Park. This family is under the leadership of Mugaruka as the dominant silverback and he his highly protective of his family members always fighting with Chimanuka and other gorillas who come to annex some of his family members. Unfortunately, Mugaruka lost one of his hand to a poacher’s trap and this has greatly hindered his ability to protect his family and as a result all his family members left him and joined Chimanuka hence leaving him in a solitude state.

When you make gorilla trek safari Congo to Kahuzi it isn’t only the gorillas that you get to see but also other numerous Congo tourist attractions in Kahuzi BiegaNational park can be encountered. Some of these tourist attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park you might bump into include include chimpanzees, monkeys as well as numerous bird species. Tourists activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo / Congo safari activities in Kahuzi Biega National park include gorilla trekking and birding. Because a gorilla trekking Congo tour usually takes a lot of time and is quite tedious, its advisable for you to make an overnight stay either before in order to prepare in order to wake up early enough to start your gorilla tours Congo experience in Kahuzi Biega National Park in time. You choose to stay at any of the Congo safari accommodations in Kahuzi Biega National Park that are available in all budget types to suit your pockets. Some of the luxury lodges in Kahuzi Biega that will give you a feeling of comfort give while on this short gorilla trek Congo or long gorilla trekking Congo tour include Orchids Safari Lodge. Mid-range lodges in Kahuzi Biega include Begonians hotel and Coco lodge. Budget lodges in Kahuzi Biega include Exodus Hotel Bukavu and Lake Side Hotel Bukavu. Many tour operators in Congo offer packages to Kahuzi Biega which come in either short congo gorilla safaris and long congo gorilla safaris. some of  these congo safari companies include Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd, Wild Gorilla Safaris and many others.

 

 

 

 

2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 2 Days Uganda Hiking Safari to Sipi Falls- Uganda Safari News

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Overview of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 2 Days Uganda Hiking Safari to Sipi Falls

This 2 days Uganda hiking safari gives you an opportunity to enjoy various activities in the Sipi falls region which include a hike to the might Sipi falls as well as a community tour and a morning birding session.

A Uganda tour to Sipi falls takes you to eastern Uganda where these falls are. This safari Uganda to Sipi falls leads on a tour Uganda journey that covers about 256km or a 7-hour drive from Kampala city the capital of Uganda to the eastern district of Kapchorwa. These falls have 3 series with the biggest of them have a 100m drop, the second falls which usually called the twin falls has a length of about 66m. The name Sipi was derived from a wild plant called “sep” which grows on the banks of this river. This wild banana is used by the locals to treat fevers.

Highlights of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 2 Days Uganda Hiking Safari to Sipi Falls

Day 1of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 2 Days Uganda Hiking Safari to Sipi Falls: Transfer from Kampala to Kapchorwa, hike to the falls, and an evening cultural encounter.

Day 21of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 2 Days Uganda Hiking Safari to Sipi Falls: Have a morning birding and transfer back to Kampala

Detailed itinerary of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari / 2 Days Uganda Hiking Safari to Sipi Falls

Day 1 of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari: This short Uganda wildlife safari to Sipi Falls kicks off with an early morning pick up from our guide who takes you on a Uganda safari journey of 5-6 hours. During this safari toUganda, enjoy the road sightings such as the spectacular Mabira forest which gives you a cool ambience, next is the crossing of the Nile on your way to Kapchorwa. As you continue with Uganda safari tour to Kapchorwa, you will notice a change in the landscape from short hills covered with numerous trees to flatlands that have scattered trees. Another change from flatlands to a mountainous are marks your entrance to the mt Elgon area and now you about to make it to your final destination which is Sipi river lodge where you get to have your lunch from. After having lunch, transfer to the start point of the hike. This hike gives you an opportunity to meet the incredible local people who will be going about their daily activities. You also meet the local kids who will give one of the warmest and genuine smiles you will ever find. On arrival to the falls, you will be greeted by the loud roar of the falls as a huge volume of water falling down a vertical cliff of about 100m. Take numerous photos to have this moment last forever. Descend back to the starting point then transfer to a local community encounter, you are given an emphatic welcome by these ladies and this welcoming gesture comes with singing and Sabiny dance and when you feel like dancing, join the ladies and dance to this African rhythm. These ladies take you on a journey to homesteads of local residents to their Arabica coffee farms and learn how one of Uganda’s finest product on the international market is prepared, harvested, processed and packaged to give you that authentic Ugandan Bugisu coffee aroma. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Sipi river lodge,

Midrange: Mbale resort

Budget: Chepkui cottages and Annex, Kapkwai forest camp, UWA Bandas and cottages.

Day 2of the 2 Days Mt. Elgon Hiking Safari Uganda Safari: Wake up early in the morning for a morning breakfast then embark on a Buganda birding safari session which gives you an opportunity to see several of the 300 bird species like Moorland francolin, moustached green tinker bird, Jackson francolin, Black-collared Apalis, Black-shouldered kite, Tacazze sunbird and the endangered Lammergeyer bird. After about 2hours of birding here, return to the lodge and check out to begin your return journey back to Kampala or Entebbe for a late evening flight back home.

Next time you have an opportunity to come back to Africa, make it a point to visit Kahuzi Biega National Park. Kahuzi Biega National Park is found in the eastern side of D.R. Congo. Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo is famous for its eastern lowland gorillas which are the pinnacle safari attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo. The eastern lowland gorillas are closely related to the elusive mountain gorillas that are found in Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Other tourist attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park include chimpanzees, monkeys as well as numerous bird species. Tourists activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo include gorilla trekking and birding. While on a Congo safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park, you can decide to stay at any of the Congo safari accommodations in Kahuzi Beiga National Park and these include Orchids Safari Lodge, Exodus Hotel Bukavu, Lake Side Hotel Bukavu

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The Amazing Congo Gorilla Safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park

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Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo is the only national park in the eastern part of Africa with the giant lowland gorillas.  A Congo gorilla trekking safari gives you an opportunity to meet these remarkable huge but shy giants.

What are lowland gorillas?

Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the 4 existing gorilla species with a male eastern lowland gorilla having an average weight of 210kg or 460ib while females weigh less with an average weight of 100kg or 220ib. The males have an average standing height of 1.85m or 6.1ft while females stand at an average of 1.6m of5.2ft. The eastern lowland gorilla has large stocky arms and a short muzzle with less fur on the head. These gorillas have a jet black coat similar to that of mountain gorillas. The male eastern gorillas still have a grey coat which will eventually turn into a silver grey coat especially on the back hence the terming silver back. Just like their mountain cousins, lowland gorillas live in large groups called families which are headed by an alpha dominant male, whose main responsibility is to offer protection to his family. The family can consist of members ranging from 2-35 on average including a number of adult females and their off springs. When these off springs mature especially the male, they are likely to leave their natal family, become bachelors for a time being as they try to attract females to join them and form their own family. These gorillas are usually calm giants who will even shy away when directly contacted. These gorillas are normally herbivores eating leaves, fruits, stems and small insects such as termites and ants. They are not usually seen drinking water and its believed that this is so because they forage mostly on leaves that are highly succulent with high water content. Eastern gorillas have a gestation period of about 8 and ½ months and will breast feed their babies for around 3 years’ time. Male infants will only reach maturity at 12 years while the female babies will attain maturity at 10 years

Gorilla families in kahuzi biega national park congo.

A Congo gorilla tour to kahuzi beiga enables you to meet any of the 2 gorilla habituated families in the dormains of this park. The gorilla families are the main safari attractions in kahuzi beiga national park and they include the

Chimanuka family

 Chimanuka family is led by dominant silver back called Chimanuka. This family comprises of 36 members which include 17 females and 18 infants aged 6 months to 9 years old. This family has heavily defied odds by having 4 sets of twin births which is highly uncommon among the gorillas.

Mugaruka family

 

3 days Kahuzi Biega National Park

Lowland gorillas

This is the second habituated gorilla family in Kahuzi Beiga National Park. This family is under the leadership of Mugaruka as the dominant silverback and he his highly protective of his family members always fighting with Chimanuka and other gorillas who come to annex some of his family members. Unfortunately, Mugaruka lost one of his hand to a poacher’s trap and this has greatly hindered his ability to protect his family and as a result all his family members left him and joined Chimanuka hence leaving him in a solitude state.

 Other tourist attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park include chimpanzees, monkeys as well as numerous bird species. Tourists activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo include gorilla trekking and birding. While on a Congo safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park, you can decide to stay at any of the Congo safari accommodations in Kahuzi Beiga National Park and these include Orchids Safari Lodge, Exodus Hotel Bukavu, Lake Side Hotel Bukavu

 

 

 

9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo

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Overview of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo

This 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo will begin in Rwanda and end in Uganda. Our 8 Days Congo gorilla safari is just like the Uganda Rwanda mountain gorilla safari tours; however, Congo is blessed with both Mountain an lowland gorillas that attract a big number of travelers in the country for Congo safaris. This 8 days tour will take you to trek Lowland gorillas; a unique sub species of gorillas found Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These apes are much bigger than the endangered mountain gorillas found in Uganda, Rwanda and some parts of Congo. Lowland gorilla trekking safaris Congo is the most fabulous fun activity in to do while in the forest alongside Congo birding safaris especially when it comes to watching the primates carry on their daily activities in their natural habitat.

While in Uganda, you will visit the famous Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s magical lake full of birds. While on a boat cruise along this birding haven in Uganda, you will have sights of the beautiful Islands beheld in this deep lake. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park where you will enjoy a boat cruise and a game drive in the park. During your game drive, you will have sights of unique wildlife in this park including the impalas, Burchell Zebras, Eland antelopes among others. You will end your adventure with a visit to the Ngamba Island, a home to the orphaned chimpanzees. you will feed them, play with them, get close to them and many more.

While on this Congo & Uganda safari, you will be driven in your 4×4 safari van, 4×4 safari land cruiser, 4×4 minivan, 4×4 super custom depending on the number of people you will come along with. Accommodation on this safari will depending on your choice ranging from mid-range and luxury.

Highlight of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda for your tour of Kigali city and the surrounding areas.

Day 2: Transfer to Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Day 3: Do a Lowland Gorilla tracking tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

Day 4: Transfer from Bukavu to Nyiragongo Volcano

Day 5:Climbing the Nyiragongo Volcano

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park Uganda and do a boat cruise in the morning

Day 7: Do a game drive in the park and drive back to Kampala

Day 8: Do a full day Ngamba island trip

Day 9: Transfer to the airport for your flight back home

Detailed Itinerary of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo

Day 1 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda for your tour of Kigali city and the surrounding areas.

You will be picked up from Kigali Hotel/Lodge by our Congo safari guide, give you a short briefing about your safari in Congo. You will then drive towards the southwestern part of Rwanda driving through the rolling hills and gorgeous scenery to Changugu Rwanda- Congo border. If you arrive on time, you will do a Kigali city tour visiting the genocide site in Butare, the National Museum of Rwanda here and the King’s palace if time allows. You will have lunch in Kigali and after continue to Lake Kivu; Rwanda’s freshest water body and one of the largest lakes in Africa. Transfer to your chosen accommodation in the evening relax, have dinner and spend your overnight.

Day 2 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Transfer to Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the morning, after your breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked by your driver guide from your hotel in Kigali and drive southwards to Cyangugu border crossing to Bukavu in Congo. You will have wonderful views of the hills in Rwanda through the tropical forest of Nyungwe National park and a clear view of Lake Kivu. Check in at your hotel, have lunch and relax.

Day 3 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Do a Lowland Gorilla tracking tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

Very early in the morning, you will head to the park headquarters for your memorable safari adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. The park rangers will give you a briefing about the activity and after they will lead you to the forest for your tracking activity. Lowland gorillas tracking is very amazing and very memorable. The time taken to meet these apes is unpredictable since they live in the wild and freely move in their natural habitat, and this requires a reasonable degree of fitness. Once you meet them, you will enjoy and forget all the troubles you have gone through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with the gorillas as you observe their behaviors as well as taking as photos of them. After, get back to the lodge for lunch, if you still have energy go for a nature walk, you may decide to visit Tshibati waterfalls, visit Bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research centre and the surrounding traditional homes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Transfer from Bukavu to Virunga National Park

After you breakfast at the hotel/lodge, prepare to leave Bukavu for Virunga National Park. your driver guide will transfer you to Virunga ational Park Arrive at your lodging facility, check in, dine and relax.

Day 5 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Climbing the Nyiragongo Volcano

After breakfast, drive to Nyiragongo Volcano and climbs one of the most active volcanoes in Africa. It is noted for its long active lava lakes which appears in the summit crater. Nyiragongo is one of eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountains. The volcano is located near the town of Goma All the day we climb and camp on the top to admire the lava of active Volcano.

Day 6 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Do a boat cruise along the lake and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park Uganda in the park and a boat

After breakfast, head to the beautiful Lake Mburo National Park; a haven for “impalas” small antelopes and herbivorous are most concentrated in this park of all the Ugandan national Parks. There are also many beautiful impalas after which Kampala; the capital city of Uganda was named. You will do an afternoon boat cruise gaze at the huge hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes as they drink water. There are attractive birds to check out like Abyssinian ground hornbill, the crested crane (Uganda’s national emblem), saddle bill storks among others. This boat is good for visitors on Uganda birding safaris as well as Uganda wildlife safaris since you get chance to see a lot of birds and animals as they quench their thirst in Lake Mburo.

Day 7 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Do a game drive in the park and drive back to Kampala

Do a game drive and check out Uganda’s wildlife besides the mountain gorillas in Bwindi such as zebra, warthog, buffalo, klipspringer, eland, oribi and waterbuck. Alternatively, you can do the game drive on ATV quad bikes, in a car and horses as well, the choice is yours. Retreat and drive back to Kampala with a stopover in Mbarara for lunch and take a last gaze at the equator in Masaka leaving you with everlasting memories of the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

Day 8 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Do a full day Ngamba island trip and transfer to the airport for your flight

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at your lodging facility. You will be picked by your driver guide ad driven to the dock where you will take a oat cruise to Ngamba chimpanzee island to enjoy your day with chimpanzees. The chimpanzees found here are orphans and have been looked after ever since they were rescued. You will have chance to feed them, play around them, or even track them. You will enjoy your lunch there and after you will transfer back to the dock and driven to your hotel.

Day 9 of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo: Transfer to the airport for your flight back home

Have a relaxed breakfast and after transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

End of the 9 Days Kahuzi Biega Gorilla safari tour Congo

 

5 Days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

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Overview of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike will features memorable  safari activities done within one country though starting and ending in a different country. Your Congo safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda yet all the activities of gorilla trekking and mount Nyiragongo hike are done in Congo within 2 different safari destinations.

The park’s name was derived from the 2 dominant mountains that form the park namely Mont Kahuzi (3,308m) and Mont Biega (2,790m). The park has only 5 habituated gorilla families for gorilla trekking by tourists on Congo gorilla trekking tours. Kahuzi Biega national park is a natural habitat to the largest population of the Eastern Lowland gorillas situated near the southern shores of Lake Kivu.  The Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the living primates and of all the gorillas in the world.

Mount Nyiragongo in Congo is one of Africa’s recently active stratovolcanoes. Mount Nyiragongo lava lake has ever been known as the most voluminous lava lake. The mountain is about 3,470m high with two distinct lava benches one about 3,175m (10,417ft) and the other at 2,975m (9,760ft).  It’s a non-rivaled experience to hike this volcanic mountain on a Congo tour.

5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike tour highlights

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali international airport. You will be driven across the border to Congo in Bukavu.

Day 2: Do your gorilla trekking safari Congo in Kahuzi Biega national park.

Day 3: Your driver guide will transfer you to Goma

Day 4: You will spend the day hiking mount Nyiragongo and spend the night at the summit.

Day 5: Retire from mount Nyiragongo and then transfer you back to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.

Detailed itinerary of the 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Day 1 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

On this first day of your safari in Congo, the safari will start from Kigali international airport in the neighboring Rwanda. Your professional driver guide will brief you about the safari upon arrival then start the drive to Bukavu in Congo. This is a long road trip southward to Cyangugu boarder to Bukavu where you will have dinner and an overnight at your prior booked accommodation facility.

Day 2 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

By 7:00am your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park headquarters for your memorable Congo gorilla trekking safari experience. Gorilla trekking briefing starts at 8:00am by the park rangers where after you get into the jungle in a total of 8 trekkers and armed ranger guides for about 2-5 hours. After spending 1 hour having a great experience that you always imagined, you will return to the park headquarters where you will find your driver guide ready to return you to your lodging facility for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Day 3 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

After this amazing Congo gorilla safari encounter, you will spend the day driving to Goma using a 4×4 safari land cruiser. You will arrive in the evening, relax and have an overnight.

Day 4 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Your driver guide will transfer you to Kibati which is the starting point for your hike. You will then start the hike at around 9:00am taking about 6-7 hours to reach the summit depending on your physical fitness. Nyiragongo is one of the most active volcanoes in the world with red lava lakes. You will spend the night on the summit cabins where a porter can help with the cooking and carrying luggage.

Day 5 of your 5 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

On the last day of this amazing gorilla trekking safari in Congo, you will descend from the summit of mount Nyiragongo back to Kibati station. Your driver guide will be ready to transfer you to your lodging facility for a meal, refreshment and start the drive to Kigali international airport for your departure flight.

Apart from trekking lowland gorillas you can also trek mountain gorillas in Virunga national park on Congo gorilla safaris. Within the Virunga massif, you can also trek gorillas on Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris in Volcanoes national park or during a Uganda gorilla safari in Mgahinga gorilla national park. Adjacent to Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda is also Bwindi impenetrable national park which is the popular destination by tourists on gorilla trekking Uganda safari tours.

End of the 5 Days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega & Nyiragongo hike

Congo safari overview for the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

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 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Lowland gorillas

Just like Uganda Rwanda mountain gorilla safari tours, Congo is blessed with lowland gorillas that attract a big number of travelers in the country. Lowland gorillas are a unique sub species of gorillas found Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These apes are much bigger than the endangered mountain gorillas found in Uganda, Rwanda and some parts of Congo. Lowland gorilla trekking safaris Congo is the most fabulous fun activity in to do while in the forest alongside Congo birding safaris especially when it comes to watching the primates carry on their daily activitis in their natural habitat. Your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park tour will begin and end in Rwanda using the Changugu border to Congo

Congo safari highlights for the 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda for your tour of Kigali city and the surrounding areas.

You will be picked up from Kigali Hotel/Lodge by our Congo safari guide, give you a short briefing about your safari in Congo. You will then drive towards the southwestern part of Rwanda driving through the rolling hills and gorgeous scenery to Changugu Rwanda- Congo border. If you arrive on time, you will do a Kigali city tour visiting the genocide site in Butare, the National Museum of Rwanda here and the King’s palace if time allows. You will have lunch in Kigali and after continue to Lake Kivu; Rwanda’s freshest water body and one of the largest lakes in Africa. Transfer to your chosen accommodation in the evening relax, have dinner and spend your overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Bukavu in Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the morning, after your breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked by your driver guide from your hotel in Kigali and drive southwards to Cyangugu boarder crossing to Bukavu in Congo. You will have wonderful views of the hills in Rwanda through the tropical forest of Nyungwe National park and a clear view of Lake Kivu. Check in at your hotel, have lunch and relax.

Day 3: Do a Lowland Gorilla tracking tour in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National ParkVery early in the morning, you will head to the park headquarters for your memorable safari adventure of tracking the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park. The park rangers will give you a briefing about the activity and after they will lead you to the forest for your tracking activity. Lowland gorillas tracking is very amazing and very memorable. The time taken to meet these apes is unpredictable since they live in the wild and freely move in their natural habitat, and this requires a reasonable degree of fitness. Once you meet them, you will enjoy and forget all the troubles you have gone through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with the gorillas as you observe their behaviors as well as taking as photos of them. After, get back to the lodge for lunch, if you still have energy go for a nature walk, you may decide to visit Tshibati waterfalls, visit Bukavu town, Mbayo tea plantations, the research centre and the surrounding traditional homes. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali

Have relaxed breakfast at your lodge and drive back to Kigali. Arrive in Kigali and transfer to your hotel or transfer to Kigali International Airport.

End of your 4 days Congo gorilla safari Kahuzi Biega National Park

One day gorilla safari in Congo Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo

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If you are interested in a one-day Congo gorilla tour, here is Kahuzi Biega National Park, a place where you can go for a Congo gorilla safari to track the Eastern lowland gorillas. Eastern lowland gorillas slightly differ from the Mountain Gorillas. The lowland gorillas have brownish hair well as the mountain gorillas are black.

This one-day Congo gorilla safaris is best when the visitor is in Bukavu town south of Lake Kivu in Congo. This is so because going for this activity requires a very early pick up and an evening drop off depending on how long your gorilla tracking activity will take. From Bukavu to the park, it takes a duration of about one hour to get to the quarters.

I discourage visitors that spend the night in Rwanda because the Rwanda boarder is opened at 8am yet the gorilla trekking activity in Congo starts at 8am. This means you will miss the activity.

Itinerary Details

Wake up early in the morning and take breakfast at the lodge/ or hotel and prepare for your transfer to the Park. Your driver guide will pick you at the hotel and embark on your journey from Bukavu to the park headquarters to track the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park.

On arrival to the headquarters, you will be briefed about the Congo gorilla trekking safari exercise by the park rangers or guides. The gorilla trekking activity in Congo’s Kahuzi Biega National Park lasts between 2 to 6 hours. After seeing the gorillas or meeting the gorilla family, visitors are restricted to only one hour of interacting with the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking Congo is a very interesting and exciting activity. During the trek, you encounter with large lowland gorilla families since the lowland gorillas always stay in large packs which makes the Congo safari so attractive. Kahuzi Biega National Park has over 9 gorilla families and two are open for the Congo gorilla tracking activity.

In Kahuzi Biega National Park, visitors are allocated gorilla trekking groups according to their abilities. Visitors who are physically weak are given the nearest group.

After the Gorilla tour, you will be taken for lunch and thereafter returned to your Hotel or dropped off at the airport in Rwanda.

What to carry

Bottled water

Packed lunch

Walking stick

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How to get to Kahuzi-Biega National Park-getting there

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There are various means of transport tourists can used to get to Kahuzi-biega National Park Congo on your Congo safari. These various transport means include water, air and road transport that enable visitors have unforgettable experience of Congo gorilla safaris within the park.

Kahuzi Biega National Park is situated 30 Kms from Bukavu Town and it takes about 1 and a half hours drive to arrive in the National Park. The park is easily accessed by road and by air. Aircrafts land at kavumu airport. From this airport, take left from miti town and keep going straight until you reach the visitor center.

Getting to Kahuzi Biega National Park By road

The park is located 40 km west of Bukavu. It takes approximately 1 to 1½ hours’ drive from Bukavu to the entrance of the park. Take the road going to Kavumu Airport and go left at the junction in the town of Miti. Keep moving straight until you arrive at the Tschivanga tourist center.

From Rwanda, while driving on Road it takes 5 to 6 hours from Kigali town to the city of Cyangugu, also baptized Kamembe (station border of Ruzizi I). It is the nearby town to Bukavu, after crossing the two borders; it is approximately 1 and half-hours to reach the Park Headquarters and the closest lodgings in the Park.

Beginning from Goma in Congo near Virunga National Park, there is a road linking to kivu town, and it takes about 5 to 6 hours driving. The surprising landscape and the company of the lac will reward you with outstanding view.

While coming from Burundi it consumes approximately 3 hours to reach the park, you will have to cross Rwanda border of Ruwa then Ruzizi 1. The road to the Kahuzi Biega National Park from Burundi is straight.

Then starting the journey from Goma into the Democratic Republic of Congo, you can go through Bukavu using the road along lake Kivu. Getting to the park is approximately 200km taking about 6 hours or more. Since the road is in a bad shape, it’s not recommended for travelers.

By water

There are ferries that transport tourists and people from Goma to Bukavu but the most reliable is Ihusi express which takes 3-4 hours at a fee of about US $ 50. The Luxury/VIP Boat costs about $100 per person with accommodation inclusive and it takes 6 hours with different stops for photos. There is also a speed boat that is from Goma to Bukavu which goes for US $ 1500 and carries 15 passengers as it goes through the Idjwi Island.

By flight.

Air trips are attainable from Rwanda to Kahuzi Biega National Park and they land in Goma. Tourists are then picked from the airport to their Congo safari destinations. Some tourists on arrival hire a boat or hire cars to take them to the park headquarters. However, this is discouraged and we advise tourists to book safaris with a tour company other than travelling alone.

 

Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo habituation experiences

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As you plan a gorilla trekking safari Congo, don’t miss out on the most satisfying moment with the gorillas; Gorilla habituation safari Congo to Kahuzi Biega National Park. Gorilla habituation Congo safari experience has no actual definition but it is actually the act of interacting and training wild gorillas to become used to the sight of people. Gorilla habituation experience involves a number of groups of people like the gorilla trackers, conservationists, researchers and rangers among others. This experience takes a period of about 2 to 3 years.

The people involved in gorilla habituation get to understand the gorillas deeper and individually, know their behaviors and even get to the point of naming every single one of them. In the end, if the researchers are certain that the wild gorillas are okay with the presence of people, a mock exercise is done as a way of testing to prove their facts. When the gorillas pass this kind of exercise which now includes journalists and scientists, the gorilla group is then available for trekking.

This experience only restricts tourists to a maximum of 4 each day. Thus, permit bookings for the Congo gorilla habituation experience should be done like 6 months prior the actual habituation day especially during the months of December all through to March and July to October.

Ever since gorilla trekking safaris Congo were started in Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo, there are now over 6 gorilla families that tourists go to track. However, tourists have always been given 1 hour to interact with the gorillas on their Congo gorilla safaris. The 1 hour restricted is to protect the gorillas from getting used to humans and for the fact that they are shy, they don’t want to be around people for long. However, tourists have never found this 1 hour enough to be with the gorillas.

A Congo gorilla safari habituation permit costs $600

 

Facts about the life of baby gorillas

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Just like a human’s new born, a gorilla’s new born is referred to as a baby or an infant. Baby gorillas born weigh about 3-41bs which is about half the average of human babies whose weight is usually around 7 pounds.

Gorilla infants are helpless at birth so the mother gorillas nurse their babies for about 3 years, following which the young become more independent. Tourists that have had safaris in Uganda and safaris in Rwanda have seen mother gorillas take care of their babies during their Uganda Rwanda Congo gorilla trekking safaris.

Much like human babies, baby gorillas are born cute. They also crawl before learning to walk and they love breast milk. Gorilla infants develop quickly because they learn to crawl at about 2 months and are walking by the time they are around 8 or 9 months.

At about four months, Baby gorillas learn to cling to their mothers’ or are experts at grasping their mothers’ fur backs before learning to walk at around nine months. During Congo gorilla trekking safaris, tourists encounter with gorillas carrying babies on their back.

Gorilla infants stay with their mothers for about three to four years. During these years, it is the time a female gorilla waits between pregnancies. And on average it takes about 5 years.

Unlike adult gorillas who make their nests on the ground, young gorillas usually build their nests in trees. However, very young nursing gorillas usually share a nest with their mothers. During gorilla safaris Uganda Rwanda Congo, tourists have witnessed mother take care of their babies.

Baby gorillas start to put plants into their mouth as part of their diet because gorillas normally breast feed for about 6 months. At 8 months they regularly consume solid food since at 8 months, the baby gorilla is regarded fit to feed on normal plants.

At approximately 3 years, gorilla infants are set to become independent because their mother at this time is preparing to give birth to the next baby.

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