Kibira National Park
Kibira National Park is the most important site in Burundi for the conservation of montane-forest birds’ and other wildlife species, compared to other Burundi national park.
Lying at the top of the Congo-Nile Dive, the park is located in the Northwestern part of the country, covering a total area of 400km2 , and overlapping four provinces. The park stretches Northwards from the provincial town of Muramvya to Rwanda border adjoining with the Nyungwe National Park. The park is managed by the Institut National pour l’Environnement et la Conservation de la Nature (INECN).
Kibira National park exceeds an elevation of 1,100m, and about 16% of the park comprises of primary montane forest and is close to two large tea plantations, that is one in Teza and the other in Rwegura.
The forest areas consists of montane bog and bamboo stands, alongside a total of 644 plants grown in the park. The park contains 98 species of mammal in the forest and 200 species of birds have been recorded Some of which are important which include the great blue turaco, mountain buzzard (Buteo oreophilus), white-spotted flufftail (Sarothrura pulchra), grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus), bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum) and the black-and-white-casqued hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus).
Kibira National Park is a habitat to a various primate species, such as chimpanzees , and black and white colobus monkeys.
When to visit Kibira National Park
The best time to visit Kibira National park is during the dry season and short rainy seasons, during the months of December, January, and September, October, November respectively. Whereas the rest of the month experience heavy rains throughout the year because lies along the equatorial belt of Africa.
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