18 Days Rwanda birding and wildlife tour
This 18 days Rwanda Birding and Wildlife Tour offers a unique opportunity to witness the country’s remarkable avian diversity and encounter its magnificent wildlife. From the wetlands of Nyabarongo and the savannahs of Akagera National Park to the dense rainforests of Nyungwe, you will traverse a range of ecosystems, ensuring a rich and rewarding birding experience. With expert guides, comfortable accommodations, and unforgettable encounters with both feathered and furry inhabitants, this tour promises to be a truly immersive and unforgettable journey for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
Detailed 18 days Rwanda birding and wildlife tour
Day 1: Upon your arrival in Kigali, you will be transferred to your hotel.
After settling in, you will embark on an exciting birding excursion in the Nyabarongo Wetlands. Explore the tranquil wetland ecosystem and spot a variety of bird species, including the elegant Madagascar Squacco Heron, vibrant Papyrus Gonolek, melodious Caruthers’s Cisticola, and more. Immerse yourself in the rich avian diversity of this pristine habitat.
Day 2: Depart from Kigali and make your way to Akagera National Park.
Enjoy a thrilling game drive through the park’s picturesque savannahs, encountering majestic wildlife such as elephants, graceful giraffes, herds of zebras, and a host of antelopes. Alongside the wildlife sightings, indulge in a birding safari, where you will have the opportunity to spot magnificent birds of prey like the African fish eagle, the elusive Shoebill stork, and the colorful bee-eaters.
Day 3: Full day Akagera National Park on an immersive birding safari.
Delve deeper into the park’s varied landscapes, including wetlands, woodlands, and open grasslands, each offering a unique birding experience. Keep your binoculars handy as you search for waterbirds, raptors, and wetland specialists. From the striking colors of kingfishers to the impressive size of the Goliath heron, the park’s avian residents will captivate you at every turn.
Day 4: Akagera National Park on a full-day birding safari.
Delve deeper into the park’s diverse habitats, from the lush riverbanks to the expansive grasslands, encountering a wide array of bird species. Keep an eye out for the rare and striking Papyrus Gonolek, as well as other highlights such as the majestic Martial Eagle, colorful kingfishers, and numerous waterfowl species.
Day 5: Embark on another exciting day of birding and wildlife spotting in Akagera National Park.
Traverse the park’s stunning landscapes, observing the interactions between predators and prey, and capturing sightings of both resident and migratory bird species. Marvel at the acrobatic displays of African fish eagles and the elegant movements of herons and egrets as they navigate the park’s waterways.
Day 6: Conclude your time in Akagera National Park with a final morning of birding before departing for Kigali.
Take in the scenic beauty of the park one last time and keep your binoculars handy for any last-minute bird sightings. Afterward, bid farewell to Akagera and transfer back to Kigali for a well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Day 7: Journey northward to Musanze, a town nestled in the picturesque volcanic region of Rwanda.
Upon arrival, venture into the enchanting Buhanga Forest for a thrilling birding experience. Explore the forest trails and listen to the melodious calls of resident bird species. With luck, you may encounter forest-dwelling birds such as the handsome Rwenzori Turaco and the elusive Grauer’s Warbler.
Day 8: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Rugezi Marsh
Spend the day exploring this wetland habitat, known for its exceptional birdlife. Scan the marshes for the elegant Grey Crowned Crane, listen for the distinctive calls of the Ruwenzori Batis, and admire the vibrant plumage of the Purple-breasted Sunbird.
Day 9:Volcanoes National Park
Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Volcanoes National Park, famous for its resident population of endangered mountain gorillas. Begin the day with volcano trekking, traversing lush forests and volcanic slopes in search of these gentle giants. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for bird species such as the iconic Rwenzori Turaco and the elusive Handsome Francolin.
Day 10: Experience the awe-inspiring encounter with mountain gorillas.
Observe these incredible primates in their natural habitat and learn about their conservation efforts. Afterward, bid farewell to the gorillas and embark on a transfer to Lake Kivu, where you can relax and unwind by the peaceful lakeside.
Day 11: Depart from Lake Kivu and journey to Gishwati-Mukura National Park.
Spend the day exploring the lush forests of Gishwati, renowned for its remarkable birdlife. Delight in the sight of colorful birds such as the Regal Sunbird, the melodious Ruwenzori Batis, and the exquisite Wood Hoopoe.
Day 12: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park, a biodiverse haven known for its pristine rainforests and exceptional birding opportunities. Embark on a thrilling canopy walk tour, suspended high above the forest floor, offering a unique perspective of the park’s avian inhabitants. Keep an eye out for the impressive Rwenzori Turaco and the elusive Red-throated Alethe.
Day 13: Explore the Gisakura-Karamba-Kamiranzovu Marsh area within Nyungwe National Park
The area is renowned for its diverse bird species. Traverse the marshes and forest edges, searching for unique avian residents such as the African Green Broadbill, the stunning Great Blue Turaco, and the secretive Red-faced Woodland Warbler.
Day 14: Embark on a birding expedition along the Mount Bigugu trail, located within Nyungwe National Park.
Ascend through the montane forests, encountering a myriad of bird species along the way. Keep your binoculars ready for sightings of the beautiful Blue-headed Sunbird, the rare Rwenzori Nightjar, and the vibrant Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird.
Day 15: Enjoy a day of exploration in Nyungwe National Park with the option of a discretionary chimpanzee trekking experience.
Discover the park’s remarkable biodiversity, from its diverse birdlife to its fascinating primate inhabitants. Observe the playful antics of chimpanzees or focus your attention on bird species such as the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher and the striking Black-billed Turaco.
Day 16: Explore the lush forests of Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park, home to a rich diversity of bird species. Embark on a full day of birding in the Gisakura-Karamba-Kamiranzovu Marsh area, observing unique avian residents such as the African Green Broadbill, Great Blue Turaco, and Red-faced Woodland Warbler.
Day 17: Continue your birding adventure in Nyungwe National Park
This time venturing along the Mount Bigugu trail. Hike through the montane forests, keeping your binoculars ready for sightings of the beautiful Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, and Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird.
Day 18: Transfer back to Kigali
Reflect on the incredible birding and wildlife experiences you have had throughout Rwanda, cherishing the memories of encounters with unique species and the natural beauty of this captivating country.
Throughout this 18 days Rwanda Birding and Wildlife Tour, you will have the opportunity to explore diverse ecosystems, encounter an abundance of bird species, and witness the country’s iconic wildlife. With expert guides, comfortable accommodations, and unforgettable experiences at every turn, this tour promises an immersive and unforgettable journey into the natural wonders of Rwanda.
End of 18 days Rwanda Birding and Wildlife Tour,
- Bottled mineral water
- transportation in a 4X4safari car
- professional English speaking driver/guide
- professional birding guide
- game drive
- bird watching as per the itinerary
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenditure on stuff like telephone/internet, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, etc
- Medical insurance and many more