Kahuze biege National Park
Kahuze biege National Park is a vast area of primary tropical forest dominated by two spectacular extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, the park has a diverse and abundant fauna. One of the last groups of eastern lowland (graueri) gorillas (consisting of only some 250 individuals) lives at between 2,100 and 2,400 m above sea-level.
Straddling the Albertine Rift and the Congo Basin, Kahuzi-Biega National Park is an exceptional habitat for the protection of the rainforest and the eastern lowland gorillas, Gorilla berengei graueri. Extending over 600,000 ha, are dense lowland rainforests as well as Afro-montane forests, with bamboo forests and some small areas of sub-alpine prairies and heather on Mounts Kahuzi (3,308 m) and Biega (2,790 m).
The Park contains a flora and fauna of exceptional diversity, making it one of the most important sites in the Rift Albertine Valley, it is also one of the ecologically richest regions of Africa and worldwide. In particular, the most important world population of eastern lowland gorillas (or de Grauer), sub-species endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and listed under the endangered category on the IUCN Red Data Book, uses the mosaic of habitats found in the property.
Lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega is the home to the largest species of the eastern lowland gorillas in the whole world. It has thus become a top tourist attraction for lowland gorilla tours. Trekking the gorillas usually involves hiking in the tropical rainforest and following different trails, depending on where the family spent their previous night.
Hiking time may range from 30 minutes to six hours in the jungle. However, you are strictly going to spend an hour interacting with the gorillas after reaching them; learning their unique behavior patterns. This hour is going to provide you with a lifetime experience to tell.
Volcano Hiking in Kahuzi-Biega National Park
You can get more adventurers since Kahuzi-Biega National Park is not just about the lowland gorillas. Hiking is a favorite activity to many as I discovered here. There are pair of inactive volcanic mountains found within the heart of this national park you can hike. Mount Kahuzi is the highest at 3,308m above sea level while Mount Biega, the smaller of the two stands at 2,790m above the sea level.
The summits of these two volcanoes provide panoramic view of the entire national park, the wildlife, the neighboring communities and countries. Furthermore, bamboo and subalpine vegetation that harbor different animals cover these two volcanoes. This provides the traveler a chance to encounter different animals like owl-faced monkeys plus a variety of birds.
Bird Watching Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega is also a home to about 342 bird species, 42 endemic to the park. This is a paradise to avid bird lovers. Among the birds you are likely to spot here include Yellow Crested Helmet-Shrike, African Green Broad Bill and the Congo Peafowl among many others.
Nature Walks in Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Travelers here are able to follow different trails in this tropical rain forest to various tourism sites. The trails lead to various sites such as the Chibati waterfalls and three other waterfalls found in the park. Experienced guides are going to lead you in spotting various types of wildlife and vegetation in Kahuzi Biega. Nature here is at its pristine, with travelers able to hear the sweet sounds of singing birds up the trees, and the cool air to freshen the mind of the weary traveler. By the time you depart from Kahuzi Biega National Park, you’ll have a clear mind plus more knowledge about wildlife, and a trip to this amazing park is a memorable one to cherish.
Good accommodation is part of what makes a safari enjoyable and memorable, so for a visit to Kahuzi-Biega National Park you need to stay at a place that is both comfortable and well within your budget.
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