RWANDA BIRDING TOUR
(Optional Volcanoes National Park Extension: this tour can add an extension to the Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey Trekking and more Albertine Rift birding opportunities)
8 days/ 7 nights
The Rwanda Birding Tour can be combined with the Uganda Birding Safari to make our famous Best of Uganda and Rwanda Birding Tour.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN RWANDA – KIGALI
We shall arrive via Kigali, the capital of Rwanda; where our guiding team will be ready to receive us. We shall then transfer to our hotel, located nearby.
If time allows, and depending on how tired we are from the flights, we may choose to enjoy local attractions around Kigali to kick-start our Rwanda Birding Tour.
Night in Kigali.
DAY 2, 3 AND 4: NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (OPTIONAL CHIMPANZEE TREKKING)
Our Rwanda Birding Tour will officially start exploring the “land of a thousand hills” this morning. We shall drive through the countryside on our way to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Time permitting, we may bird briefly along the Nyabarongo River Swamp or other wetlands, for some papyrus specialists. We shall enjoy more roadside birding opportunities on the way.
In the afternoon, we shall arrive at Nyungwe Forest National Park where many birds await us. We shall spend the next days here seeking many species for our Rwanda Birding Tour. Our main target will be the local Albertine Rift Endemic Species.
The Nyungwe Forest National Park is also inhabited by many different primate species. The common primates here include Chimpanzee, Johnston’s Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Dent’s or Mona Monkey, Rwenzori Angola Colobus Monkey and Olive Baboon.
On one afternoon, depending on how tired we are, we shall have the option to enjoy the scenic canopy walk in the forest. This is often a nice spot to enjoy monkeys, birds and the flora of Nyungwe Forest National Park.
For those who would like to enjoy tracking the amazing Chimpanzees; there will be an opportunity on one of the days. After the Chimpanzee trek, we shall rejoin as one group and continue with our birding walks.
Nights in Nyungwe.
DAY 5: NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK TO KIGALI
We shall have a morning to enjoy birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Our focus will be finding birds that we may be missing from this habitat.
We shall then head to Kigali as we enjoy some roadside birding stops.
Night in Kigali.
DAY 6 AND 7: AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Leaving our lodge early, we shall drive onwards to Akagera National Park, named after the magnificent River Kagera. This exciting park offers some great habitat for savannah birding and game viewing. Over 480 species of birds are known from Akagera National Park.
On one evening, we shall enjoy a night drive seeking nocturnal species that occupy Akagera National Park. We shall also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ihema seeking the local waterbirds that inhabit this great place. This is often a highlight on our Rwanda Birding Tour.
Mammals here include African Lion, African Elephant, Defassa Waterbuck, Maasai Giraffe, Common Hippo, Common Zebra, Black Rhino, Southern White Rhino, Common Impala, Oribi, Topi and African Buffalo. Local Nile Crocodiles and Nile Monitor Lizards are also a highlight of this park.
Nights in Akagera.
DAY 8: AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK TO KIGALI
On this morning we shall enjoy more birding in Akagera National Park. In the afternoon, we head to Kigali as we enjoy the nice roadside birds and landscapes.
On the road, we often meet many bicycle and motorcycle riders; carrying passengers from one location to the next. Sometimes these bicycles are laden with a local brew known as the banana beer.
Evening flights from Kigali will mark the end to our lovely Rwanda Birding Tour.
Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit, Red-necked Spurfowl, Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, Red-headed Weaver, Strange Weaver, Waller’s Starling, Slender-billed Starling, Stuhlmann’s Starling, White-headed Wood-Hoopoe, Scarce Swift, Kakamega Greenbul, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Batis, African/ Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Red-collared Mountain Babbler, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Lemon Dove, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Olive Woodpecker, Tullberg’s/ Fine-banded Woodpecker, White-browed Crombec, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Southern Black Flycatcher, White-winged Black Tit, Meyer’s/ Brown Parrot, Great Egret, Mountain Oriole, Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye, Red-chested Flufftail, African Broadbill, rare Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Bar-tailed Trogon, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler,
Mountain Yellow Warbler, Neumann’s/ Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush/ Swamp Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Ruwenzori/ Collared Apalis, Kungwe Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Black-faced/ Banded Prinia, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-chested Illadopsis/ Kakamega/ Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Red-faced Barbet, Ruaha Chat, Long-tailed/ Tabora Cisticola, African Finfoot, Flappet Lark, Pink-footed Puffback, Many-coloured Bush-Shrike, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, Mountain Sooty Boubou, less common Willard’s Sooty Boubou, Violet-backed Hyliota, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, scarce Congo Bay Owl, Red-chested Owlet, uncommon Albertine Owlet, Dusky Twinspot, Dusky Crimsonwing, the rare Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Green-capped Eremomela, White-collared Oliveback, Grey Crowned Crane
Highlight mammals and others
African Lion, African Elephant, Defassa Waterbuck, Maasai Giraffe, Nile Hippo, Common Zebra, Chimpanzee, Johnston’s Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Rwenzori Angola Colobus Monkey, Olive Baboon, Eastern Black Rhino, African Buffalo, Nile Crocodile
Savannah, Albertine Rift Forest
Albertine Rift Endemic Birds, Africa’s Big Game, Kigali City