Gorilla tracking in Kahuzi Biega National Park, Congo

Just received the following press release from Michael Grosspietch of EOS Visions – exciting news!

In collaboration with the national park authorities and the GTZ, Eos Visions has recently relaunched tourism activities in Kahuzi Biega National Park near Bukavu in Congo’s South Kivu Province. Among others, the tracking of eastern lowland gorillas is organized from the Bujumbura office of Eos Visions Burundi and the Kigali office of New Dawn Associates, both members of the Eos Visions network. Tours are available all-year round, and the permit to spend one hour with the gorillas costs USD 400 per person. Inquiries can be directed to Eos Visions (www.eos-visions.com).

The Congo’s South Kivu Province has frequently hit the international news in recent years for all the wrong reasons. What is quickly ignored, however, is the fact that some parts of the region have enjoyed safety and stability for over two years now, and that the local population has rediscovered a spirit of reconstruction, development and entrepreneurship. More importantly, it has a rarely matched biodiversity to offer and features, among others, the rare eastern lowland gorillas (gorilla beringei graueri). The UNESCO world heritage of Kahuzi Biega National Park Today, adventurous travellers and nature lovers can once again get the feeling of being in an untouched gigantic mountainous rainforest and following in the footsteps of famous explorers like Henry Mortan Stanley.

Kahuzi Biega National Park is among the exquisite list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and this is not only due to the gorillas. There are also a vari-ety of other primates (chimpanzees, colobus monkeys etc) as well as forest elephants, leopards, various antelope species and other big mammals. Furthermore, ornithologists and botanists will find a little paradise that is still largely undiscovered.

Eos Visions is currently working with the national park authorities and the German techni-cal cooperation agency GTZ to relaunch tourism in the park. Activities include the develop-ment of new attractions and the creation of circuits, the training of guides, the work with adjacent communities, and the operation of first tours to and in the area. A gorilla permit costs USD 400 per person and allows small groups of visitors to spend up to one hour with the great apes. Tours are organized from the Bujumbura and Kigali offices of the two Eos Visions network members Eos Visions Burundi and New Dawn Associates respectively. The network will be represented at the 2009 World Travel Market in London on the Rwanda stand (AF2600). To make an appointment or to request further information, please contact info@eos-visions.com.

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