Kahuzi Biega national Park is home to many unique primate species and most of these primates can be watched during the visit to the park and they are open for tracking, like the chimpanzees, Eastern Lowland Gorillas, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, baboons and the Blue monkeys and other apes located with in the jungle of democratic republic of congo.
The different primate species found in Kahuzi Biega National Park are described in details below;
Gorilla Trekking in Congo
This is also known as the highlight of any safari in Kahuzi biega national park in congo as they are only found in Maiko national Park & Kahuzi Biega in the entire world, In kahuzi Biega national Park, there are 12 gorilla families of which only 4 Gorilla groups are open to tourists to be visited each having a max number of 8 pax . There are only 32 gorilla permits available to tourists on a daily basis in Kahuzi biega national park. This makes it easy for gorilla trackers to find permits to add at least visit one of the gorilla families.
Gorilla permits to view these endangered species are given out by ICCN for Kahuzi Biega Section and incase a client misses out on getting a permit. its advisable that you book the gorilla trekking permit in advance to avoid disappointment
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, coming soon
Other primate Species in Kahuzi Biega National Park
These are known as olive baboons and found in Democratic republic of congo and they may be viewed in kahuzi biega national park however these primates are under threat as they are eaten by the locals , they tend to hide in the deep jeep forest. These are known to live in large groups of about 150 individuals comprising of few male individuals, many females and there young ones , large in size and are fierce due to their dog like faces and menacing teeth.
They are interested in living in open wood land, savannah, rain forests, steppes, and in large plains of grasslands. There name is derived from the coat color which is a shade of the green – grey that can be viewed at a distance. The female baboons are sexually active at the age of 7 or 8 and the male at 10 years old. They are also omnivorous species and mainly feed on invertebrates, plants, birds and small mammals.
- Black and White colobus Monkeys
These are known as old monkeys of the genus colobus family and mainly live in Africa. These are greatly related to the brown colobus monkeys and mainly live in River forests, wooded grasslands and forests. Their groups are made of nine individuals including a single male, many females and their young ones. Their bodies are black in color, with a white face as well as a tail.
- Blue Monkeys
These are many in East Africa and mainly found in Congo. These have little hair on their faces and gives a blue appearance most of the times but not really blue in color. These mainly live in montane, bamboo forests, ever green forests, and also in forest canopy. They like humid and shady places with plenty of water. Mainly feed on leaves, invertebrates as well as fruits. There groups are made of 4 to 12 individuals and mainly consist of one male, many females with their young ones.
- The Grey Cheeked Mangabee Monkey
It’s known to be specie of the World old monkey found in Kahuzi Biega national Park jungle forests. These are mainly grey and black in color. These also live in moderate and low altitude rain forests. These pose features of the baboons and have got a shaggy appearance. These can also be tracked in Mount Kahuzi Forest.