Our 10-day Rwanda Birding Safari is the ideal way to observe birds in their natural habitats. On the African continent, Rwanda is one of the best places to see birds, with more than 700 different bird species. There are seven key birding areas in Rwanda. Rugezi Swamp, Akanyaru, Nyabarongo, Cyamudongo, Akagera, Volcanoes Park, and Nyungwe Park are a few of these. Look for birds like the red-Faced Barbet, Bennett’s woodpecker, Miombo Wren-Warbler, and Shoebill stork during the 10-day Rwanda birding safari.
Due to the accessibility of the birds and the close proximity of the protected areas, bird watching in Rwanda is generally a pleasant activity. More birding can be done in the villages’ agricultural lands and along the highways’ nearby swamps. The best places to see some of the 27 Albertine Rift Endemics are Volcanoes Park, Nyungwe Forest, and Gishwati-Mukura Park. Nearly 10% of the country is made up of wetlands. According to legend, Rwanda is made up of various hills, and in between each one are small rivers and wetlands. Only a small portion of the nation’s water flows into the Congo River system, with the majority of the water draining into the Nile Basin. The expansion of agriculture is placing significant pressure on many wetlands in Rwanda.
See here for a few of Rwanda’s Albertine rift valley endemics, counting the Albertine owlet, collared Apalis, red-collared mountain-babbler, and Grauer’s and Neumann’s warblers. As an aside, the papyrus swamps in Akagera National park are one of few places in Africa where shoebill storks are found – in spite of the fact that we haven’t however found a great way for our voyagers to see them here.
There are over 750 bird species in Rwanda, which is astounding for such a little nation and makes for awesome birding. Perhaps the key range for bird species observing in Rwanda is the endless Afromontane Forest of Nyungwe National Park, which is perceived as an IBA (‘Important Birding Area’) by Birdlife Universal.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by a representative from our company, who will give you a brief overview of the tour before transporting you to the hotel. Your birding adventure will begin as soon as you arrive at the hotel. As you drive there, you will be able to see various birds, preparing you for what lies ahead.
You will travel by car to the open savannah of Akagera National Park. The park is a popular birding location in Rwanda because of the savannah’s relatively open grassland and papyrus swamps. Many widely dispersed African birds can be found in eastern Rwanda’s acacia savanna. Bennett’s Woodpecker, headed Black Chat, White-Black-collared Barbet, Tabora Cisticola, and Miombo Wren-warbler are a few of these. It’s also probably the best place to look for the rare Ring-necked Francolin. Around the Akagera Game Lodge grounds, look for the Red-faced Barbet, a bird that is highly specialized in acacias. You will go bird watching this afternoon and then retire to your lodge.
Throughout the day in the park, take advantage of bird watching after breakfast. A picnic lunch will be provided while on exploring various birds. The Bennett’s Woodpecker, Head Black Chat, White-Black-collared Barbet, Tabora Cisticola, and Miombo Wren-warbler are among the African birds to be expected. Further still; keep an eye out for the Brown Parrot, White-winged Black Tit, Barefaced Go Away Bird, and Sooty Chat. The enormous and peculiar Shoebill, one of Africa’s most sought-after birds, may inhabit the Papyrus swamp habitat. Later on in the day, you’ll travel to the Nyungwe, where you’ll spend the night.
With around 13 species of resident primates, this park serves as Rwanda’s best birding refuge. It is one of the best locations for birders because it is a stunning and old tropical evergreen forest with a variety of birds. Birds like the Mountain Black Boubou, Ruwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Archer’s Robin-chat, rare Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, and Neumann’s Warbler are among the species can be found in the poark. Presently, Nyungwe Forest Park is the only location where one can find the coveted Red-collared Mountain Babbler. Your dinner will be at the lodge when you get back, but you will pack a lunch.
Eat breakfast very early before going to the briefing about tracking chimpanzees. After that, proceed to the park’s main office for briefing. Following, a ranger will be assigned to you to help you in your search for the chimpanzee. The chimpanzee, the L’Hoest’s monkey, the attractive L’Hoest’s monkey, and hundreds of Angola colobus troops can all be found in Nyungwe Forest. You will also take a nature walk in the forest in the afternoon to look for birds before returning to your lodge.
Following breakfast, you will travel through Ruhengeri/Musanze, a charming market town at the base of the Virunga Mountains. Volcanoes national park is located in Rwanda’s far northwest. It is home to mountain gorillas, recently habituated golden monkeys, and more than 180 different species of birds. The park is home to a variety of resident birds, including many Albertine Rift endemics like the Handsome Francolin, the incredibly rare and spectacular Rwenzori Turaco, Archer’s Robin-chat, and both Dusky and Shelley’s Crimson wings.
After an early breakfast today, go gorilla tracking, which is the most exciting activity in Rwanda. Later on in the day, we’ll go on an exhilarating trek through the developed foothills of the Virunga for stirring views in all directions. You will be submerged in the enigmatic intimacy of the rainforest, which is alive with the calls of vibrant birds and the chattering of the rare golden monkeys. In the late evening you will go for dinner and overnight stay.
Today, you’ll take a nature walk in the forest in search of more birds before coming back in the evening to unwind at your lodge.
Go on a nature walk today around the twin takes, looking for birds and getting to know the locals. Later, you’ll drive to Lake Kivu to make the transfer. Additionally, you will enjoy evening bird watching along Lake Kivu’s shores.
Finally, you will conclude today’s 10-day birding tour of Rwanda with a nature walk along Lake Kivu’s shoreline in search of birds. You will then drive to Kigali to make your transfer to either your hotel or Airport.
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