Maiko national park in Congo is Africa’s second national park where travelers can track the eastern lowland gorillas following famous kahuzi beiga. Maiko national park situated near Benin, while there the most exciting activity there is tracking the eastern lowland gorillas but there are also other primates like the chimpanzees among others.
Maiko national park is situated in the democratic republic of Congo and it lies in the remote forest areas near Benin and covers over 10885sq kms, it is in the borderlines with the Okapi national game reserve in the provinces of Maniema and Orientale.
The park is a sensitive home to the endemic wildlife species such as the leopards, the African forest elephants, genet cats, eastern chimpanzees and the Bongo antelopes among others. Maiko national park is under control of the ICCN that is the Institute Congolais Conservational de la nature.
Maiko national park is not often visited by travelers that travel into the Congo due to its history as it was established in 1970 but before it was a famous home for the samba mai mai rebels up to 1964 when they were defeated and pushed away from the park.
Easter lowland gorilla population
Maiko national park is a home to the eastern lowland gorillas with a predicted number roughly 800 eastern lowland gorillas in the maiko national park.
Birdlife in the maiko national park
The iconic bird species can be seen in this forest like the Rwenzori turacos, handsome francolin and the northern double colored sun birds, the turacos the Congo peafowl-large underground bird species can be clearly seen in the forest.
It so unfortunate that there no close places a traveler can stay at while in maiko national park and the option would be camping which requires the travelers to come along with their own camping materials.
Maiko national park can be accessed both by road and air transport, it is estimated 515kms rom the Kisangani town. There is a main road connecting to small villages with in the park from Bafwasende, these roads are not well constructed so you got to be sure that your vehicle is a 4×4 drive and in good condition. One can easily access the national park from Benin Okapi or Butembo wildlife reserve.
The best time to visit maiko national park is in the dry season of late July to early September and the dry season of mid-December to late February.
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