Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Kahuzi Biega National Park is known for the protection of the heavily poached gorillas was the prime reason for the creation of the institution of Kahuzi biega national park in 1970. Kahuzi Beiga re-opened in 2015 and Bukavu and the Gorillas and Chimps and Walking Trails in the Park are now open to visitors again. Kahuzi Biega National Park is the second destination for Eastern Lowland Gorilla Tracking about from the Maiko National park also located in Democratic republic of congo in the south Kivu Province .
Flora and fauna
Generally the weather changes at any time and it rains a lot. Dry season is from June to August. It means gorillas walk some kilometres in a day and it takes a long walk to see them during the dry season.
The easiest way is to rent a car in Bukavu for a day. ($150 for a land cruiser or $50 for a small car). If you are on a tight budget, another option is to take public transport. From a taxi/bus terminal called “deux poteaux”, go to Miti and take a moto taxi. One way from Bukavu costs less than $5.
In kahuzi Biega National Park, the gorilla Permit or passes for visiting the Endangered Eastern Lowland Gorillas costs USD 400 for non Nationals, USD 200 for East African, SADC and residents, Nationals USD 20. The Gorilla Trekking permit can be booked via the ICCN Office, Park or through a Trusted Tour Operator.
Getting to Kahuzi Biega national park has become more ease with the booming tourism in democratic republic of congo as the number of gorilla trekking has increased : The Acessibility is made prefectly as the access roads are paved from Bukavu City and even the speed boats are available for those clients who wish to visit kahuzi biega national park from Goma Side by using lake Kivu as the connecting route. The access by road takes 1 and half hours drive bukavu and car rental services are available in the town , contact the local company that i used for my transfer from Bukavu to the park and those connecting by speed boat take 3 hours .
There is a lodge where you can stay overnight. It was built during the colonial time and the king Beaudouin has stayed there.