Kahuzi Biega National Park Congo is located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just 50 kms away from Bukavu town which is known among the biggest towns in the eastern part. Kahuzi Biega national park is listed under the world heritage sites as it’s known to be the home for the most endangered species of the eastern lowland gorillas which are only found in Democratic Republic of Congo in the entire world. The 75,000-ha eastern sector is entirely montane. The massif is part of the Mitumba Mountain range, the western mountains of the Great Rift Valley. The two main peaks, Mount Kahuzi (3,308 m) and Mount Biéga (2,790 m) are extinct volcanoes, and the massif dates from the late Tertiary or early Quaternary.

Kahuzi biega national park was published in 1970 to protect and preserve the Eastern Lowland gorillas (the world’s largest gorilla species). The park was also inscribed in 1980 as the UNESCO World’s Heritage site or its unique biodiversity of the Rain forest habitat and its eastern lowland gorillas.

Kahuzi Biega National Park operated and managed by the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) with offices in Bukavu town. Kahuzi Biega National Park is famous as the largest refuge of the highly endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas. The Park is divided into two sections that is the highland section with most of the lowland gorillas is open for visits at the most discounted price of 400$ for a gorilla permit, with 6 gorillas groups habituated for visitation; safaris can only be arranged by Trusted Tour Operator and/or Travel Agencies from the Association of Congolese Tours Operators and Travel Agents ‘’ATOAV-RDC’’.

Kahuzi Biega National park is one of the biggest national parks in Congo after the great Virunga national park which is the oldest national park in Africa as it was formed in 1925 as the home to the endangered mountain gorillas , all these two destinations are open for visitation for tourists activities like Gorilla trekking & Climbing mountains.

Getting around Kahuzi biega national Park

Yet those who are coming from the Republic of Rwanda and having Kahuzi Biega visit as an extension of the Africa safari, your always recommended to cross the border using the Rusizi border 1 as the park driver can easily find you there at the Customs with the approved visa letter to ease crossing to democratic republic of Congo . Most of the visitors who always visit Kahuzi biega national park, come from either Goma or Rwanda via Ruzizi Border. The entrance of the park is at Tshivanga on the eastern side. Visitors always stop at Kigali international airport and proceed to Congo by road whereby it takes a 7 hours drive to reach the border crossing at Rusizi. Therefore it is recommended for all visitors to spend a night in Kigali and then proceed to Bukavu the next morning, since international flights to Kigali often arrive in the late afternoons or evening.

Transportation between Kahuzi Biega National Park & Bukavu

Kahuzi Biega can easily be accessed since it is located 50km away from Bukavu town, and the means of transport depends on the tourist’s interest. But due to the rough terrains, most visitors prefer to go by road that is, the 4×4 fleets, which takes 90minutes drive to the park

The most reliable way to reach the park is by using Trusted Tour Operator and/or Travel Agencies from the Association of Congolese Tours Operators and Travel Agents ‘’ATOAV-RDC’’ who currently are offering Lowland Gorilla safaris in Congo. Since the park is at the West of Bukavu, one can easily drive from Bukavu to the entrance of the park, then head to the road leading to Kavumu airport and turn left at the intersection of the town of Miti, and then stop at the Tshivanga visitors center.

Using ferry

Airlines are also available whereby visitors use domestic charter flights from Kigali to Ruzizi border and then cross to Congo (Bukavu town), after then you are required to take a 4×4 fleet to the park, that might take about 90 minutes to reach.

Things to do in Kahuzi Biega national park

  • Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking
  • Birds Watching in Kahuzi Biega National Park
  • Nature Walks



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