This 5-day bird watching safari package takes you to some of Rwanda’s most notable birding locations, including the Nyabarongo River Wetland, the artificial lake at Nyarutarama, Akagera National Park, and Bugesera Valley. Nyabarongo River Wetland is the longest river in Rwanda, and it includes swamps and marshes in part of its floodplain. It is situated in the country’s southeast, south-east of Kigali. The vegetation consists of Cyperus latifolius, Cyperus papyrus, Cladium and Typha spp., and Echninochloa pyramidalis. It is predicted that there will be 950–1,100 mm of rainfall annually. With a length of 351 km, Nyabarongo is Rwanda’s largest and longest river (218 miles). It starts its journey at the meeting of the Mbirurume and Mwogo Rivers in the southwest of the nation which flows through the capital city of Kigali before turning south-east.
Akagera national park is situated in the Kayonza and Nyagatare districts of eastern Rwanda. The national park’s 1,122 square kilometer total area is made up of savannah vegetation, woodland, montane forests, swamps, lakes, grasslands, and other types of habitat that serve as homes for various wildlife species, including buffalo, zebras, elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, and leopards among others. The Kagera River, which flows through the park and forms Rwanda’s eastern border with Tanzania, is the source of the name of Akagera National Park, the country’s only savannah national park.
On this day you will be picked up from Kigali international airport upon your arrival by a representative from Dav safaris. In accordance with your arrival, you will embark on a brief city tour that includes a stop at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, where you will gain more insight into the history and culture of Rwanda and its people. You’ll eat dinner in the evening and spend the night at your favorite lodge.
This morning, you’ll have breakfast at the hotel before heading to the Nyabarongo River Wetland. You will enjoy seeing many bird species at the Nyabarongo River Wet, including the heron, papyrus gonolek, carruthers’ cisticola, white-winged scrub-warbler, papyrus yellow warbler, sharpe’s pied babbler, northern brown-throat weaver among others. After lunch, you’ll drive to the artificial lake at Nyarutarama for another opportunity to observe birds. At the lake, you’ll see many different birds, including the paradise flycatcher, pygmy kingfisher, black egret, grey-capped warbler, African fish eagle, black kite, swifts, swallow, winding cisticola, and many more. You’ll make the trip back to your hotel in the evening, eat dinner, and then retire for the night.
Wake up very early, eat breakfast, and then drive to Akagera National Park to enjoy a full day bird watching experience. You will see many birds there, including the Red-faced Barbet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, White-headed, Black, and Familiar Chats, Carruther’s and Tabora Cisticolas, White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers, Miombo Wren-Warblers, Lesser Kestrel among others. You’ll drive back to the lodge for lunch before heading back to the park for more bird watching. In the evening, you’ll have dinner at the lodge and spend the night.
You will get up early and eat breakfast before driving to Akagera National Park to go bird watching. As you drive through the park, you will see many beautiful birds, including Sauza’s Shrike, Arnot’s Chat, Long-tailed Cisticola, Great Snipe, Lesser Kestrel, Shoe Bill Stork, Grey Crowned Crane, Squacco Herons, African Open Bill Stock, African Darter, Water Thick Knee, and many more. Animals like leopards, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and many more can be seen while in the park.
Wake up early, eat breakfast, and then drive to Bugesera Valley for a bird watching safari experience. Bugesera Valley is home to many different bird species, and while on a bird watching experience there, you will see birds like papyrus gonolek laniarius mufumbiri, white collared oliveback nesocharis ansorgei, white-backed duck thalassornis leucontus, among others. You will travel from Bugesera Valley to the genocide memorial sites of Ntarama and Nyamata where you will learn about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
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