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Welcome to Lwiro Chimpanzee Rehabilitation centre in Congo guide featuring travel info like getting around, Volunteering in  Lwiro, Chimpanzee Tracking in kahuzi Biega National Park, Trusted Tour Operators, Where to Stay, Airports in Bukavu, Lwiro Map, Visitor Information, Safari lodges.

Lwiro Primates CentreIs Lwiro critical to the survival of primates in Congo?  In the democratic republic of Congo’s  south kivu region, Lwiro is the only primate rehabilitation centre, making it critical to the country’s conservation efforts. Centre Rehabilitation of Primates of Lwiro is a chimpanzee and monkey rehabilitation center in the Democratic Republic of Congo near to Kahuzi Biega National Park on the Road from Bukavu to Goma.

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary  is situated 50km from Bukavu town in the south kivu , its located 10 kms from Kahuzi Biega National Park Headquarters , Travelers wishing to enjoy chimpanzee tracking in congo are recommended to visit the orphaned chimpanzees that are conserved in the former prison of the late Mobutu.

Working with chimpanzees in Africa, cuddling baby chimps and the cutest baby monkeys while on a safari to kahuzi Biega National Park after Eastern Lowland gorilla trekking with the Trusted congo safari company. Being able to rescue them and give them a better life. Finding their way to freedom. Helping children who have been through the worst. Giving them a second chance. Making a difference in this world. It’s a dream come true.

Getting to Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Congo

Car hire CongoPlanning to visit Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary for Chimpanzee watching experience of the orphaned chimps, there are various alternative means to allow you access the lwiro centre located just 50km from bukavu town , 10 kms from Kahuzi Biega National Park headquarters & 5 Kms from Kavuma Airport.

its located along the road from Bukavu to Goma , on the secondary road to travelers visiting the Tibeti falls, when your at lwiro, the drive to Tibeti falls is about 7 Km high to reach at the point where cars stop and start the nature walk to visit the Falls in Kahuzi Biega National Park, passing through the former farms of the colonial masters and Mobutu.

Location of Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

The Lwiro is located on the eastern flank of Lake Kivu, between latitude 2º15’ and 2º30’ South and longitudes 28º45’ and 28º85’ east. Its get water from River Lwiro that originates from Kahuzi-Biega National Park mountain region, at an altitude of 2000 m

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary is located with in the Great African Rift, at the center of which the Lwiro center is conveniently located is close proximate with Kahuzi Biega national Park & Bukavu, so visitors are advised to use Bukavu as a base point for feeding the chimps. its located in the former prisons that were constructed by the later president of congo Mobutu and its was complete by the time the government was overthrown.

Where to Stay / Safari Lodges

Guest House at LwiroSeeking accommodation facilities in Lwiro, Find the safari lodges / guest houses where you can sleep while preparing for the chimpanzee watching in the Lwiro. The Hotel/guest is near to the centre, its recommended to Seek overnight after Gorilla Trekking in Kahuzi biega national park.

What to See & Do in Lwiro

Lwiro Chimpanzee WatchingLwiro primate rehabilitation and rescue facility is on the grounds of CRSN, Lwiro. Although its main focus is chimpanzees, it houses many other species, including baboons and a variety of monkeys and this provides great tourists attractions to Lwiro like visiting the local Community, Birding & adventure species in Congo.

How to Wear

Planning a volunteering Safari tour to Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary, find the complete list of the essential packing list of clothes and needs to enable your stay in Congo, staying with the apes the entire day, learning how they feed, play and move. Even if its Congo Gorilla Trekking holiday to visit the Eastern lowland gorillas in kahuzi Biega national Park close to the Lwiro Rehabilitation centre.

When to Visit Lwiro Chimpanzee Orphanage.

When your coming to democratic republic of congo mainly in south kivu or bukavu town, Congo has Tropical Climate conditions , the Most favorable time to visit Lwiro congo for an adventure holiday can be subjected to the travelers needs and interest, Congo can be visited throughout the entire year from January to December.

Congo Safari Companies

Congo Safari CompaniesPlanning a Congo Safari holiday through a trusted tour operator that can be based from Bukavu or Goma will reward you with the great experience of congo primates like the chimpanzee, Eastern Lowland gorillas, mountain Gorillas, Climbing the most active volcanoes like Nyiragongo Hike, Nyamuragira volcano & Mount Kahuzi,Mount Biega . Lwiro lists a number of Trusted safari companies to enable enjoy a Congo Safari.

People of Congo

The Congolese people are extremely friendly and helpful and the eastern Congo is a lush and enormous landscape of beautiful mountains and lakes – simply gorgeous! Kahuzi-Biega National Park is the last major sanctuary of Grauer’s lowland gorillas and the Lwiro is located just near to Kahuzi Biega Park and its why the visitors are advised to go gorilla trekking , seek overnight stay at Lwiro Guest house and enjoy the chimpanzee feeding in centre of Lwiro.

Eastern Lowland Gorillas are larger and potentially more endangered than the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda and D.R. Congo north of Lake Kivu. A visit to Kahuzi-Biega National Park is high-adventure travel to an environmental paradise as it a home to the Eastern Lowland gorillas, Chimpanzee!

About Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Congo

centre de rehabilitation des primates de lwiro was founded in 2003 with the arrival of its first orphan chimpanzee. since its inception lwiro has taken in over 50 chimpanzees and 60 monkeys representing over 10 different species. Lwiro plays a vital role in caring for confiscated wildlife and in putting a stop to the illegal animal trade in congo.

As the only chimpanzee and monkey sanctuary in the kivu region, the Lwiro acts as a crucial resource for all conservation organizations working in the area. Currently housing over one hundred primates, lwiro has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. With this growth, the Centre has embarked on large scale infrastructure development and  creative ways to accommodate the vast influx of animals.

Unfortunately,Lwiro is unable to single handedly meet the demands of DRC’s wildlife and primates. Running costs,
development requirements and the difficulties of existing in a country that possesses severe threats to endangered
wildlife have put major financial and management strains on the organization.

Activities of the Lwiro include conservation  education, ecotourism, reintroduction research and  implementation, improved habitat management and  protection, great ape medicine training, community participation and program development and overall capacity building.

Management of Lwiro by ICCN

Institute Congolese pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), a government institution responsible for protected area management and wildlife in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ICCN has full jurisdiction over all animals at the Centre and coordinates all wildlife confiscations. Lwiro is included in both the operational and security plans for the Kahuzi-Biega National Park.


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