Nyungwe Forest National Park is a fantastic short birding trip that offers great rewards in Rwanda. The premier birding destination in Rwanda is Nyungwe Forest National Park, which is located in the south-west of the country. Its 275 bird species include 25 endemic to the Albertine region. The safari begins and ends in Kigali City, the country of Rwanda. Since Nyungwe is a montane forest, it has a variety of montane bird species, which together make the area special and rewarding to explore. Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the most exquisite and unspoiled rain forests in the world, and it can be found in western Rwanda. A chain of mountains that begin in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and extend south through the Rwenzori Mountains, western Rwanda, and Burundi to the shores of Lake Tanganyika dominate the region.
Nyungwe forest national park provides beautiful views of Lake Kivu and, on clear days, the Virunga mountains. There are many well-maintained walking and hiking trails throughout the forest that lead to different waterfalls and vantage points. Chimp trekking, bird watching, colobus monkey trekking, and the canopy walk are the main attractions in Nyungwe forest.
Departure for Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park which is located in the south western region of Rwanda approximately 268km. You will enjoy the stunning Rwandan hillsides, and an optional cultural visit to Nyanza Palace, the residence of the two most recent Rwandan kings, Musinga and Rudahigwa, or to the Ethnographic Museum in Butare, which features a representation of the country’s history and customs. After arriving in Nyungwe, you check in at the lodge, get ready, and depart with the park ranger guide for an afternoon birding encounter in this ancient forest
Get up early and eat breakfast before heading to the Nyungwe forest for an extended Rwanda birding safari. The opportunity to explore various bird species, such as; Mountain, Sunbird Grauer’s Warbler, Black-faced Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit Northern Puffback, Ruwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Great Blue Turaco, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Mountain Greenbul, Olive Woodpecker, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Mountain Greenbul among others.
This morning, you have the option of participating in more birding encounters to increase your chances of seeing more bird species that you may have missed on the previous game drive. Alternatively, you can go Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park to learn about the great ape that is genetically closest to humans. Chimp trek takes two to five hours. After all these activities you will be dripped off to either your hotel in Kigali or at Kigali international Airport.
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