Established in 1970, Kahuzi-Biega National Park is located in the Congolese eastern border and set in both mountainous and lowland terrain within the Albertine Rift.
The western lowland portion of the park is dominated by dense wet equatorial rainforest and the eastern part of the park is one of the rare sites in sub-Saharan Africa which displays all stages of low to highland transition. This habitat variety is translated to a rich biodiversity, making Kahuzi-Biega the second most important region for both endemic species and in terms of specific diversity among which the star is the eastern lowland gorilla. This rare and endangered species finds here its largest refuge in Africa and the world.
Because it’s unique biodiversity of rainforest habitat and its eastern lowland gorillas, the Park was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
Their main vision is to conserve the forest and the mammals, primates and the vegetation for the future and keep a distinct for younger generations to learn more about biodiversity conservation.
This destination participated in the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at ITB Berlin by submitting a sustainable tourism story. Keywords: gorilla, wildlife conservation, social development.