3 days Eastern lowland gorilla tour to Congo takes you to the Kahuzi Biega National Park for an amazing tour to see the endangered Grauer’s gorilla. Kahuzi-Biega National park is one of best places to go for a safari in Congo. It is one of the few national parks in Africa that remain relatively undiscovered with pristine wilderness and offering a feeling of being in true African wilderness – unspoiled and uncrowded. A safari in Kahuzi-Biega National Park is special and will reward visitors who are courageous to visit with amazing landscape and the Africa of our dreams.
Kahuzi Biega is one of the two natural habitats to Eastern lowland gorillas. The other population is found in Maiko National Park which is also in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are about 4,800 Eastern lowland gorillas remaining in the wild. Eastern lowland gorillas are the largest of the gorilla sub-species and the closest in appearance to mountain gorillas. Tracking eastern lowland gorillas generally takes a shorter time – lasting between 1 to 4 hours. There are 4 habituated gorilla groups within Kahuzi Biega National Park with one very close to the park offices itself. Two of the groups tend to move deeper into the forest or highlands especially during the dry season to look for food.
This 3-day Eastern lowland gorilla tour usually starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda but it can also start from Kisoro in Uganda. If coming from Kigali, you will cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo through the Cyangugu border. Visitors coming from Uganda will enter Congo through the Bunagana border. The package assumes that you will depart through Kigali international airport. Security while on a safari in Kahuzi Biega is excellent and there have been no incidences involving tourists like it is with Virunga National Park. It is possible to combine gorilla trekking in Kahuzi-Biega and Virunga National Park to see mountain gorillas or hike mount Nyiragongo.
The Tour includes: Ground transportation, Fuel, Gorilla tracking permits, 3-days accommodation including meals, bottled water time, A company driver/guide and related expenses. The tour cost also includes Park/Ranger Fees and Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle.
Tour Exclusions: Airfares, Visa Fees, Personal Insurance, drinks, telephone, laundry, cigars, tips, accommodation and meals not included in the itinerary. This tour doesn’t include accommodation before and after the tour but we can arrange it on request.
Orchid’s safari club: Orchid’s safari Camp is simply the best luxury lodge in Bukavu and close to Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The lodge offers 22 luxury rooms overlooking the amazing lake Kivu. Each room is self-contained and decorated with African art. You also find all the amenities that you would expect from a luxury hotel. There is a central lounge with a bar, restaurant and expansive area for relaxation. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. Food is great and consists of both local and international cuisine prepared by resident chefs. We highly recommend this lodge if you are after high quality services in a secure and serene environment that Lake Kivu offers.
Horizon Hotel Bukavu: Horizon Hotel and Orchid’s Safari Club are two of the most popular lodges in Bukavu. Whereas Orchids focuses on luxury services, Horizon is more affordable. Horizon Hotel offers mid-range and luxury rooms which are self-contained and of very good quality. All rooms have a private terrace, private bathroom, free toiletries and a modern bathroom. There is also a sitting area, working tables, chairs, free internet and a flat screen Television. The other general amenities are an in-house bar, a 24-hour front desk and a restaurant. We also highly recommend Horizon Hotel is you have a lower budget but still want to stay in a quality self-contained lodge.