Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Congo takes you to some of the most remote areas in Africa in search of the largest primate on earth. Gorillas, the largest forest-dwelling apes, inhabit the forests, swamps, and lowland areas of East, West, and Central Africa. This adventure focuses on the eastern lowland gorillas found in Kahuzi Biega National Park, Congo.
The Odzala National Park in Congo Brazzaville hosts the largest known population and density of western lowland gorillas. Researchers find it challenging to estimate their exact population due to their remote habitats. Initially, it was believed that about 100,000 western lowland gorillas still roamed the wild, based on estimations from the 1980s. However, recent discoveries of an estimated 125,000 individuals in a remote swampy area in northern Congo Brazzaville have excited both researchers and conservationists.
There are two species of gorillas – the western gorillas and eastern gorillas. The western gorillas comprise Cross River gorillas and Western lowland gorillas. Conversely, eastern gorillas are categorized into two sub-species: the mountain gorilla and Eastern lowland gorillas, exclusively located in Kahuzi Biega National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park in Uganda, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to 120 mammal species, including forest antelopes, elephants, baboons, chimpanzees, giant forest hogs, and buffaloes. The forest, over 25,000 years old, is teeming with 324 tree species, with 10 exclusive to Uganda.
When visiting gorillas, it’s important to remember that you will only have one hour with them. Capture as many photos and videos as you can once you catch sight of them and receive clearance. After your time with the gorillas, our guide will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in either Kisoro or Kabale.
Groups organize visitors with a maximum of 8 individuals (or fewer, depending on the season). We determine the allocation of different gorilla groups based on overall fitness and personal preference. We recommend mentally preparing for the trek, as it could be demanding and might extend beyond anticipated durations, contingent on the location of your designated gorilla family for the day.
While the park is accessible throughout the year, most visitors avoid the months between March to May and September to November, as they fall during the rainy season. This period is characterized by very thick vegetation, slippery trails, and mud, making the experience quite challenging yet rewarding.
Eastern Lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered and are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) List of species that need special protection. Their habitats are being destroyed by various human activities, but conservationists and researchers are working tirelessly to ensure their survival.
Several accommodation options are available for visitors embarking on a Lowland gorilla safari in Kahuzi Biega National Park, including Exodus Hotel Bukavu, Lake Side Hotel Bukavu, Coco Lodge Bukavu, L’Orchids Safari Club, and Hotel Begonias Bukavu.
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Congo offers a unique and special experience for those with a keen interest in primates. While the effort required may be greater, the rewards are well worth it, providing an opportunity to explore areas rarely visited and witness incredible biodiversity. It’s important to plan and book with a reputable tour company for guidance and safety in this remarkable adventure.
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