3 Days Birding in Akagera National Park


3 Days Birding in Akagera National Park is among the best quick birding excursions in Rwanda for seeing more than 525 bird species in the shortest amount of time. Within Akagera National Park, birders have countless opportunities to see both birds and wildlife during bird watching safaris that are primarily conducted in the morning and evening along the game trails. Both the rare papyrus endemics and the large number of water birds that call this park home are well-known.

Akagera National Park occupies a sizable portion of the Mubari-Migongo subregion, which is situated in the north-east of Rwanda, close to the borders with Tanzania and Uganda. Rolling sandstone hills in the park’s western horizon are part of its distinctive topography, which is occasionally carved by narrow, deep valleys. Swamps and floodplains predominate in the eastern part of the world. The Gisaka subregion is wetter and lies south of the Buganza. In the Mutara subregion, which is located to the north of Akagera, open grasslands with dominant species like Themeda, Hyparrhenia, and Cymbopogon, as well as grasses typical of traditional pastoralism, are the predominant types of vegetation in the park.

The park’s various bird species include the black-headed gonalek and the breasted roller. Ross’s turaco, Heuglin’s robin-chat, Amur falcon, brown crested lapwing, shoe bill stork, western reef heron, yellow-bellied eremomela, blue shouldered robin-chat, Eleonora’s falcon, tabora cisticola booted eagle, grey hornbill, African King fisher, red faced barbet, sooty falcon, Cabanis among others.

Tour highlights

  • Arrival & transfer to Akagera National Park – birding on Lake Ihema
  • Full day bird watching Akagera National Park
  • Morning birding & transfer to Kigali

    Price Includes:

  • Park entrance fee
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • All mentioned activities

    Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa and Air tickets
  • Tip to the guide or Hotel staff
  • Personal expense

Itinary in details

Pick up from your Hotel or Airport and transfer to Akagera national park for a thrilling birding safari. The drive, which covers a real distance of 135 km, takes about 2 hours from the Kigali city to the park. After driving for about two hours from Kigali, you will reach the park on time. Check in at the lodge, eat lunch, and then depart for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema. Together with Rwanyakizinga, Gishanju, Shakani, and Mihindi, Lake Ihema is a part of a vast wetland system of Central Africa. Seek out bird species like the Papyrus gonolek, African fish eagle, shoebill, and grey crowned crane among others while out on your boat trip. A chance to see aquatic animals like hippos and Nile crocodiles will also be available to you.

Get up early, eat breakfast, and drive to Akagera National Park for a full day of bird watching. The park is home to over 525 bird species, 44 of which are raptor species like the Balaeniceps rex and a variety of Palearctic migrants like the Gallinago media, Glareola nordmanni, and Falco naumanni. In Akagera National Park, you can also see other species like the Ring-necked Francolin, Pallid Harrier, Green-throated Sunbird, Madagascar Pond-heron, Red-faced Barbet, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Buff-spotted woodpecker, White-spotted Flufftail, Mountain Illadopsis, Sharpe’s pied-babbler, Black-billed Weaver, and Western Citril, among others. You will see a variety of wildlife in addition to birds, including Masai Giraffe, Lions, Topis, Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Black Rhinos, Impalas, and Elands. After dinner, spend the night at Akagera Game Lodge.

After a leisurely breakfast, visit the park to search for some species you might have missed the previous days. Your three days of birding in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park will come to an end when you check out of the lodge and drive to the airport in Kigali.

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