THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
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Kahuzi Biega National Park
Located in South Kivu province, just around 30kms from Bukavu; Kahuzi Biega National Park is the home of lowland Gorillas, an endangered and intriguing animal. Seeing the lion while you are protected in the vehicle is one thing, crawling through bamboo forest for several hours and finding a silver back gorilla standing just a few meters in front of you is a quite another. You will never forget looking into a gorilla's brown, intelligent, eyes staring unblinking at you.
The species found there are eastern lowland gorillas, different from the mountainous ones found in Virunga Nationl Park. Kahuzi Biega NP is a mountainous jungle area; there are numerous gorilla families in the park as well as chimpanzees, monkeys, buffalos, antelopes and forest elephants.
Only four of the Gorilla families have been conditioned to accept human visitors. Finding them normally takes one to two hours, so you may be back to Bukavu by early afternoon.
The largest of the living primates, they are ground dwelling herbivores that inhabit the forest of Africa. These are the next closest living relatives to human after the two chimpanzee species. They live in tropical or subtropical forest
Other attractions in Kahuzi Biega National Park :
Park visitors can also hire a guide at the park head quarters for themselves to the summit of Mt. Kahuzi 3308ms, mt Biega 3000ms which takes three hours from the base to the top, or to Mt. Bugulumiza 2400ms. There is also a pygmy village on the outskirts of the park; the pygmies ask a small fee for the traveler to see their villages. After the visit in Kahuzi Biega National Park, you could also go and see the Chimpanzees orphanage, different kinds of baboons and Monkies, snakes found in Lwiro.