9 Facts about Kahuzi Biega National Park
9 facts about Kahuzi Biega National Park that are most probably well known to some will be listed in a while. Kahuzi Biega National Park is a protected area located near the Bukavu town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is near the border with Rwanda, west of Lake Kivu, making it an easy access from Rwanda for those travellers who would like to start and end their Congo safari in Rwanda. Kahuzi Biega National Park is rich in diversity with loads of flora and fauna that inhabits the park, making it a very important ecological area in Africa. Below are 9 facts about Kahuzi Biega National Park that are worth noting and knowing;
- Kahuzi Biega National Park has two volcanoes, Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega, from which the park derives its name. These volcanic mountains are a worthy hike for travellers are rewarded with beautiful sceneries and views.
- Kahuzi Biega National Park was established in 1970 by the Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrian Deschryver, but it was until 2015 that the park was opened to tourists to visit.
- Kahuzi Biega National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 for its contribution to the ecosystem and inhabiting about 200 lowland gorilla individuals.
- The Congo National Park is one of the very largest national parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park covers about 6,000 square kilometres of space.
- One of the 9 facts about Kahuzi Biega National Park is that the park is one of the only 2 national parks that inhabit lowland gorillas in the world, with the other park being Maiko National Park in Congo as well.
- In 1990s, the park had an estimated 600 lowland gorilla individuals but there are about less than 200 lowland gorilla individuals still in the park.
- Kahuzi Biega National Park has 3 habituated lowland gorilla families that travellers can visit while on a gorilla trekking adventure in the park.
- The park has other animals apart from the eastern lowland gorillas that include bush elephants, bush buffaloes, forest hogs, antelopes, bush duikers, aquatic civets, eastern needle-clawed galago, eastern chimpanzees, Ruwenzori least otter shrew, Alexander’s bush squirrel among so many others.
- Kahuzi Biega National Park is managed by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The above are some facts that are worth knowing for anyone interested in Kahuzi Biega National Park. The park is opened all year long and available for visit to visitors to take part in various activities in the park which include but not limited to lowland gorilla trekking. The park is beautiful and worth a visit. Get in touch with us should you need more information about the park and how to safely visit it to get to explore it in great detail and take with you only beautiful memories. You may as well opt to contact reputable tour operators who will have your safety and need to have memorable memories at heart at all times.