Kahuzi Biega National Park, nestled in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a treasure trove of natural wonders. While it is famed for its Eastern lowland gorilla trekking, another enchanting experience awaits those who seek the elusive chimpanzees of Kahuzi Biega.
Chimpanzees, the other remarkable ape species residing in Kahuzi Biega National Park, are known for their shyness, making encounters with them truly special. These primates primarily inhabit the lower regions of the park, and their characteristic pant hoots can be heard echoing through the forest, providing a captivating acoustic backdrop to your exploration.
Tracking chimpanzees in Kahuzi Biega National Park is an extraordinary adventure that relies on chance encounters due to the elusive nature of these creatures. To embark on this unique journey, travelers are encouraged to reach out to Trek Africa Expeditions for more information. The availability of chimpanzee tracking experiences can vary depending on the time of year and accessibility to certain remote areas within the forest.
While chimpanzee tracking is a highlight, Kahuzi Biega National Park offers a diverse array of activities and attractions that will enrich your visit:
The park is renowned for Eastern lowland gorilla trekking. Distinguished by their stocky bodies, large hands, and short muzzles, these gorillas predominantly feed on fruits and herbaceous materials. Kahuzi Biega National Park is home to two Eastern lowland gorilla families available for tracking, while others are still undergoing the habituation process. These gorillas are known for their peaceful and social nature, typically forming groups of 5-30 members with an alpha male leading the family and ensuring protection and shelter.
Trekking to encounter these lowland gorillas is an off-the-beaten-path adventure that promises an experience of a lifetime. The trekking duration varies, lasting from 30 minutes to 5 hours, with most visitors cherishing the one-hour presence with these majestic primates.
Beyond gorilla trekking, don’t miss the opportunity to hike Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega, two dormant volcanoes within the park. These peaks offer breathtaking panoramic views of the park’s landscapes, wildlife, neighboring communities, and even neighboring countries. Mount Kahuzi stands tall at an elevation of 3,308 meters above sea level, while Mount Biega reaches 2,790 meters. These mountains are adorned with bamboo and sub-alpine vegetation, serving as habitats for various animals, including owl-faced monkeys and an array of bird species.
Kahuzi Biega is a haven for bird enthusiasts, boasting around 342 bird species, with 42 endemic to the park. You may spot captivating birds such as the yellow-crested helmet shrike, African green broadbill, Congo peafowl, and the distinctive Rockefeller’s sunbird. The park’s rich avian diversity has led to its inclusion in the protection portfolio of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the tropical rainforest with guided nature walks. Explore various trails leading to scenic tourism sites, including the mesmerizing Tshibati waterfalls, which cascade into three other falls. These walks take you through different vegetation types and introduce you to diverse wildlife. The melodious songs of birds perched high in the trees create a tranquil atmosphere, rejuvenating the mind. By the end of your forest journey, you’ll depart with a clearer understanding of the park’s wildlife and unforgettable memories.
To embark on Congo chimpanzee tracking safaris or any of these thrilling adventures in Africa’s Kahuzi Biega National Park, reach out to Trek Africa Expeditions. Your journey awaits, promising an unforgettable exploration of nature’s wonders.