Kahuzi Biega is a national park in Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a protected area near Bukavu that’s near the Congo border with Rwanda in the west side of Lake Kivu. This park has the highland and lowland sectors connected by a narrow corridor. It has a rich diversity of flora and fauna and was established in 1970. The entrance to this park is on the eastern side Tshivanga.
There are a few facts about Kahuzi Biega and we bring them to you.
- Kahuzi Biega is one of the only 2 parks with lowland gorillas in the world. Isn’t this fascinating! The other park is also found in Congo that is Maiko National Park but Kahuzi Biega is still the largest of the 2.
- There were an estimated 600 living in the park in 1990, but there are only believed to be a couple hundred still alive after the fights of the 1990s and 2000s.
- The Park is managed by Congolais pour la conservation de la Nature (ICCN) along with Wildlife Conservation Society.
- This park was opened in 2015 but was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer nd conservationist Adrien Deschryver who also practiced habituation on these gorillas during his stay at the park.
- This park, Kahuzi Biega, has 2 dormant volcanoes within it. These are mount Kahuzi (3,308 m) and Mount Biega (2,790 m)
- This park is one of Congo’s largest parks with 2 sectors; Highland (Open for visits) and the lowland (closed for visits)
- Kahuzi Biega became listed as a World Heritage Site in 1980 as it harbors about 2000 of the remaining lowland gorillas of the world.
- Kahuzi Biega has only 3 gorilla groups habituated for visit by the tourists.
- This park doesn’t only have lowland gorillas but a number of other animals like the Forest Hog, the forest Elephant, Antelopes and the bush duikers.