Getting Around-Visiting Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary,  being the most  prominent site by IUCN for Chimpanzee Conservation  in Congo, is the prime primate destination for the orphaned chimpanzees, monkeys,  and other primates . The Sanctuary  is situated in the region of Bukavu town, 4 km from Kahuzi Biega National Park,

Being Within the proximity of Kahuzi Biega National Park, The  sanctuary can easily be reached by either road, water or by air. Here, you will find the detailed information on how to access Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

By Road

lwiro chimpanzee- how to get to lwiro SanctuaryThe Roadway is the best option to commute from Bukavu town  to Lwiro gate as the road trip has its own allure, especially, in the pleasant weather. The Bukavu to Lwiro gate road distance drive is about 50km drive and  take 10km drive from park headquarters of Kahuzi Biega National park, or 5km from Kavuma Airport of Bukavu. You can also either travel through Taxis, buses, and car hires from Car Rental Congo can be made to reach the Sanctuary

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary is located in the Eastern part of Democratic republic of congo on the road from bukavu to Goma , Once this road is completed this lwiro will be a nice stop over point for relaxation after the drive from Virunga National Park to kahuzi Biega National Park.

The Lwiro chimpanzee Sanctuary  is accessible by a decent road from Bukavu. Taxis, buses, and car hires can be made to reach the Sanctuary and Car Rental Congo is the leading Car Hire firm recommended for Travelers visiting lwiro for Volunteering, Chimpanzee Viewing and other Primates.

In order to have permission to visit, you need to contact Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary  and request a letter of invitation.


Book your airline tickets to Kigali, Rwanda (KLM or similar) and to Kamembe-Cyangugu-Ruizi (Rwandair) in advance. You need a copy of your paid airline e-ticket to apply for a D.R. Congo visa, which costs $115 for a single entry.When you have your visa, let  lwiro know your travel dates.

Fly to Kigali Airport in Rwanda (it is the closest international airport).

Do not try to cross the D.R. Congo border without someone from D.R. Congo government, hopefully from the ICCN (Institut Conglais de Conservation de Nature) who run the lwiro chimpanzee sanctuary . If they are with you, your crossing will be smooth and quick.

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