In-Sights: The Region
Kahuzi-Biega National Park (DR Congo)
In the Congolese mountains on the western shore of Lake Kivu, a national park named after two dormant volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, is on alert … allowing Grauer’s or Eastern lowland gorillas to relax in peace.
They are safe in the high-altitude part of the national park that represents 10% of the total 6,000 square kilometres/ 23,000 square miles of protected territory.
A Belgian photographer and environmentalist Adrien Deschryver helped expand the previous reserve into a national park in 1970. Ten years later it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Batwa “Pygmy” gentleman Pilipili habituated the first gorillas and today adventurous guests can help others get used to people.
WHERE BATWA ARE ACTUALLY UTILISED
Kahuzi-Biega is a role model in terms of involvement of the Batwa in the running of the park. Read more about it.
This is the only place in the world where Grauer’s gorillas can be visited, and where they are being seriously researched. Over 1,100 plant species and 350 species of birds are protected in the highland sector of the park. Several nature walks help you explore the rainforest, and comfortable park-owned accommodation houses visitors.
Kahuzi-Biega shines a distinctive light on Africa’s beauty.