6 Days Bird watching and Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

Tour overview

This safari will take you for birding in Nyungwe national park, and to Volcanoes national park were you will enjoy both birding and gorilla trekking. The safari also includes a gorilla permit of worth $ 750 per person in the final costing.

 Tour highlights

Day 1: Arrival & transfer to Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

Day 2: Bird watching in Nyungwe Forest Reserve

Day 3: another day for bird watching in Nyungwe Forest

Day 4: Bird from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Day 6: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival & transfer to Nyungwe Forest Reserve.

Upon your arrival at Kigali International airport, the guide will meet youe and also welcome you to Kigali. He will then transfer you to Nyungwe Forest National park and on arrival, you will check in and relax for the rest of the day.

Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/ Nyungwe hill top Lodge/ Gisakura Guest House –FB

Day 2: Bird watching in Nyungwe Forest Reserve

Nyungwe Forest National park is also located in South west Rwanda and it’s between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. Nyungwe is also divided north and south by just a line of mountains that reaches 2,600-2,900m and also forms part of the Congo- Nile watershed. More so, as a result, Nyungwe is also comprised of the two areas that differ in Pedology, water flow, biodiversity and vegetation.

This is also a fantastic birding area which lies west of Butare with Cyangugu road that passes straight through the middle which also provides an excellent roadside birding. There is also a total of over 275 bird species that have been recorded in Nyungwe which reflects the wide habitant diversity and the altitudinal range. Some of these species include; the 25 species of the albertine rift Mountains endemic burd Area which occurs in Rwanda, the Rockefellers’s sunbird and the Chapin’s Flycatcher. More so, 11 of the 23 species of the Guinea Congo forest Biome and also 71 of the 74 species of the biome of the afro tropical highlands which occur in Rwanda and have been recorded at the site.in general, Nyungwe is the most vital forest for the mountain birds and conservation with in the region.

We shall have an early morning breakfast and then after proceed to Uwinka for the albertine Rift endemic bird’s search including; Rockefeller’s Sunbird , Collared Apalis, Handsome Francolin, Chestnut-throated Apalis, few Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Woodpecker, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Ruwenzori Turaco, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, White-starred Robin, Northern Puffback, Streaky Seedeater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Kivu Ground-Thrushm, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Red-chested, SunbirdRegal Sunbird, , Miombo Rock-Thrush, Mountain Masked Apalis, Black-faced Apalis, Grauer’s Warbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red- throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Great Blue Turaco, Mountain Greenbul, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Thick-billed Seedeater, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Variable Sunbird, Waller’s Starling, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, just to mention but a few.

Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/ Nyungwe hill top Lodge/ Gisakura Guest House –FB

Day 3: another day for bird watching in Nyungwe Forest

We shall also look out for many species that you missed the past day and hope to view some including; Blue-headed Sunbird, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Bronze Mannikin, Neumann’s Warbler, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Golden-breasted Bunting, White-bellied Robin-chat, Sharpe’s Starling, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Dusky Tit, Siffling Cisticola, Red-throated Alethe, Mountain Wagtail, Equatorial Akalat, Black Cuckoo, Kungwe Apalis, and many more. We shall also try to look out for the Rwenzori Nightjar, Red chested Owlet and the Albertine Owlet.

Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/ Nyungwe hill top Lodge/ Gisakura Guest House –FB

Day 4: Bird from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park

Have breakfast, and then continue to volcanoes national park, which is a park with mountain gorillas and many bird species. On arrival, you will check in at the lodge and bird around the lodge for the evening.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain gorilla view Lodge/ La palme lodge/ Kinigi guest House

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

The major activity to day is mountain gorilla trekking, these are the largest living primates and the world’s most endangered apes with a population of less than 800 left with in the wild of the whole world and none of them is found in the zoos. This mountain gorilla was not yet known to the scientists till 1902 and they are the next relatives to the human beings after the two chimpanzee species sharing a DNA of 97 % with the humans. You will also have leisurely birding in the afternoon around the volcano areas.

Day 6: Departure

Have breakfast, and after continue to Kigali city and enjoy a city tour where you will visit the Genocide memorial sites, national museum, and Kigali markets and many more. After, the guide will drive you to the airport for your departure flight.