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Getting There

Getting Around-Visiting Lwiro Chimpanzee 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 can be accessed by Road, Air & Water.

You Will take 50 Km drive from Bukavu town to Lwiro gate, or take a 10 Km Drive from the Park Headquarters of Kahuzi Biega or 5 km Drive from Kavuma Airport of Bukavu.

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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