Category Archives: Trekking

Tourism is blooming as Kahuzi Biega National Park goes beyond 100 visitors a month

Tourists visiting Lowland Gorillas

We are proud to announce that 106 visitors travelled to Kahuzi Biega to see the eastern lowland gorillas in August. This is a large increase compared to August 2011, which had only 62 visitors. A majority of visitors had less than an hour of walking through the forest before coming across the gorillas.

Visitors come from USA, Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. Many Congolese were also among the visitors. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds including students, retirees, researchers and newlyweds.

For more information on visiting Kahuzi Biega National Park click here or email us at: info@kahuzi-biega.org.

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New Prices!

Recently, the KBNP received great news from the ICCN headquarters in Kinshasa; its request for a new price schedule, based on a large market research study carried out last year, was approved and could be put in place immediately.

We therefore have the pleasure of presenting our new prices, which not only offer reductions for gorilla permits for Congolese nationals, expatriates and nationals of CEPGL, EAC and SADC member countries, students and children, but also attractive prices for hiking, mountain ascents and camping. In an effort to encourage people to come regularly and discover the many attractions of our park, we also offer loyalty cards for hiking. We hope to see you soon!

 

Conditions:

Category:

  • Foreigners: Present a valid visa for DR Congo
  • Students: Present a valid student card.
  • Expatriates and nationals of CEPGL, EAC and SADC member countries: Present passport or residence, working or courtesy visa from a member country

CEPGL (Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries)                           EAC (East Africa Community)                                                                                   SADC (Southern African Development Community)

Minimum Total Charge: No activity can be offered to an individual or a group until the minimum charge has been reached. 

Hiking Loyalty Cards: Hiking Loyalty Cards are only valid for the trails listed under “Hiking”, as well as further trails once they have been developed. The cards are sold at the KBNP office in Bukavu and at the Tshivanga Visitor Centre. Once purchased, please present your card at the Visitor Centre before your hike to receive a stamp.

Children: aged 15 to 17 for gorilla permits, and 10 to 17 for hiking and mountain ascents. Children younger than said ages will not be permitted to participate.

Contact

Please contact us should you wish to make a reservation or make an enquiry

+243 99 309 6120 (Français)
+243 99 725 4296 (English)
+243 99 522 1368 (Chef de Site Adjoint)
+243 99 967 7078 (Programme d’Appui GIZ)

Email: reservations@kahuzi-biega.org

Work underway on developing park trails

Mt Kahuzi

Although most famous for its Grauer’s gorillas, the Kahuzi Biega National Park has much more to offer visitors than gorilla tourism. Our network of trails give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the park’s huge diversity of landscapes, including tropical forests, bamboo forests, swamps and waterfalls, as well as possibilities of spotting birds, monkeys and countless other animal and plant species. There are also opportunities to climb our two highest peaks, Kahuzi (3,308 m) and Biega (2,704 m), to get magnificent views of park, Lake Kivu, the mountain range and even Goma.

The trails are at the moment fairly basic, used mainly by our guards for patrolling the forest and tracking the gorillas. However, work is now underway to prepare trails with health and safety as a priority, thus providing opportunities for people of all ages and fitness levels to explore the park.

Infrastructure is still basic but construction is now underway to improve safety

Take a well earned rest at the first Tshibati waterfall

The trails currently under construction include the Mont Bugulumiza Trail, near the Tshivanga Visitor Centre and covering terrain regularly occupied by the Chimanuka gorilla family, the Marais Musisi Trail, which takes in bamboo forests and the swamp and offers an stunning view over the Marais Musisi where one of our guides recently spotted a troupe of elephants, and the Tshibati Waterfalls Trail, which offers three magnificent waterfalls, a chance for a dip in a plungepool, and located near the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre. We also hope to open the Mont Kahuzi Trail a little later this year, with possibilities of camping near the summit.

Entrance to the bamboo forest on the Marais Musisi Trail

The trails are expected to be completed within the next 2-3 months, but adventurous visitors are more than welcome to try them already.