Must see attractions in Eastern DRC

  • Top ChoiceSights in Bukavu

    Parc National de Kahuzi-Biéga

    South Kivu's star attraction is this national park, where you can track habituated eastern lowland gorillas (Grauer’s gorillas) for just US$400 per person, a relative bargain! The park also contains a chimp orphanage at Lwiro (US$30 per person), where between 40 and 50 chimps are kept in excellent conditions. It's often possible to get gorilla permits for same-day hiking, and never a problem to get them with a few days' notice. Lodge Co-Co is the best place to arrange a trip. The starting point is at Tshivanga, 30km northwest of town. Moto-taxis there and back cost about US$20 to US$30, while hiring a taxi costs US$80. It's also possible to arrange guides at the park to take you on some excellent hikes up the mountains (US$100 per day).

  • Sights in Bukavu

    Idjwi Island

    Floating out in the middle of Lake Kivu, Idjwi Island is, at 340 sq km, the second-largest lake island in Africa. Isolated from Congo's decades of war, as well as missing out on what little development the mainland has seen, Idjwi is a wonderful place to escape the modern world, enjoy nature and the rich island culture. Lodging is available in small guesthouses and the speedboat between Bukavu and Goma stops here on request.