Kahuzi Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega National Park

Kahuzi Biega national park is one of the famous national parks and it situated near Bukavu town in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that is famous for the eastern lowland gorillas which are found in the Albertine rift valley region of the montane forest of the park. Kahuzi Biega eastern lowland gorilla also known as grauer’s gorilla, they are different from the mountain gorillas and can easily be differentiated by their large size, they have large and short muzzles, they have a stock body, the thumbs are larger than their fingers, they have the short hairs and old mature males gorillas don’t have hair in their chests among other characteristics that travelers will be able to differentiate them from the mountain gorillas.   Beside the lowland gorillas, Kahuzi Biega national park is a home to other wild animals such as thee forest elephants, the buffaloes, the antelopes, the white and black colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, the chimpanzees, the baboons, the blue monkeys, forest hogs among others.

Kahuzi Biega national park is dominated by the montane forests and it is home two active volcanoes such as Mount Biega and Mount kahuzi. These offer fascinating activities such as hiking, nature walks among others and they can be combined together with the eastern lowland gorilla trekking safaris thus giving travelers an insight to enjoy exclusive experiences in a true African setting.

The eastern lowland gorillas.

The eastern lowland gorillas are one of the major key tourist attractions that travelers enjoy when they visit the DR-Congo on their safaris. Such as low land gorilla trekking safari which offers fascinating and extremely exciting experiences in the African jungle.

Lowland gorillas are one of the endangered subspecies and there are about 28,000 populations of the lowland  gorillas in the world, this is due to impacts of the civil wars that threatened the population of the endangered lowland gorillas however recently there is stability in the DR Congo  and effective conservation efforts by the government have been done to protect and conserve the endangered eastern lowland gorillas so as to enhance future gorilla tourism for the future generation.

Kahuzi Biega national park has about nine lowland gorilla families among these families, only three have been habituated and they are open for gorilla tourism throughout the year. There are about 12 eastern lowland gorilla families and about 5 families such as the Nganwa gorilla family, Mugahuka gorilla family, Chimanuka gorilla family, Bonnani gorilla family, Mpungwe gorilla family. These are headed by a mature silverback who takes the responsibilities if the family such as  where to feed from, it fights for the safety of  the family members and it is responsible for increasing on the number of the family members among other responsibilities.