Kahuzi - Biega National park
Kahuzi Biega NP is the home of lowland Gorillas. The park is located about 30 km drive from Bukavu and is easily accessible. Tracking these endangered and intriguing animals is a real retreat as they are quite different from the Mountain Gorilla's found in Virunga NP. Kahuzi Biega NP is a mountainous jungle area dominated by two extinct volcanos; Kahuzi & Biega. There are numerous gorilla families in the park as well as chimpanzees, monkeys, buffalos, antelopes and forest elephants.
Lowland Gorilla tracking
Only four of the gorilla families have been conditioned to accept human visitors. Book your tour to see the Lowland Gorilla's in time to get a Gorilla permit.
Kahuzi - Biega is the world's last remaining natural habitat for the Eastern Lowland Gorilla's. You have the smaller Western Lowland gorilla which live in neighboring Congo-Brazaville but these huge and Majestic Eastern Lowland Gorilla's - also known as Grauer's Gorilla - cannot be missed.
The avarage walk is between 2-3 hours before you reach the Gorilla family. Expect to walk on steep and sometimes slipery terrain. a Congoleese ranger will accompany you and tell you all about the behaviour and habitate of the Lowland gorilla's. You are allowed to spend 1 hour with them before you will return to the starting point.
Hiking the extinct volcanos of Kahuzi - Biega N.P.
Hike Mt. Kahuzi
This is the highest peak in the park, at 3,308m. The climb takes approximately 4 hours through bamboo forest and sub alpine vegetation, and 3 hours to descend. The summit provides spectacular views of Lake Kivu and the city of Bukavu.
Hike Mt. Biega
The second highest peak in the park lies at an altitude of 2790m. The vegetation differs significantly from Mount Kahuzi making it a wonderful ecological experience. The climb takes about 6 hours return, so it is important to make an early start. Park staff are currently working to construct a clear trail to Mt Biega. Contact Matoke tours for more information when you are interested in doing this hike.
Lwiro Primate rehabilitation centre
The Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL) was established in 2002 when it became apparent that the illegal trade in wildlife for bush meat was a problem in the area and that the animals confiscated as a result required rehabilitation and long term care.
The CRPL houses 55 chimpanzees and 75 monkeys, representing more than ten different species. With established education and awareness programs, and as the only wildlife sanctuary in the region. The Centre is situated just outside the boundary of the UNESCO listed Kahuzi-Biega national park