9 Days Rwanda Birding & Gorilla trekking safari

Tour overview

This safari also includes a gorilla permit of worth $750 per person in the final costing. The safari also takes you to Akagera national park with over 525 bird species, the tour will also take you to Volcanoes for both gorilla trekking and birding as well. And lastly, the trip will take you to Nyungwe national park to enjoy bird watching as well as the Kigali city tour.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to AkagerA National park.

Day 2: Have a full day bird watching in Akagera

Day 3: Have a full day birding in Volcanoes National park

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 5: Do birding towards Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 6: Full day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 7: another day of birding in Nyungwe Forest

Day 8: Drive back to Kigali

Day 9: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to AkagerA National park.

Akagera national park also has rich bird checklist of about 525 species which shows the tremendously large diversity of habitant. 44 species of the raptors, the shoebill stork, and the papyrus Gonolek. There are also a good number of Palearctic migrants and among these is the great snipe, the lesser Kestrel, and the black winged that have been recorded. This park also shows the northern limit of the distribution of the zambezian biome species that include; Arnot’s Chat, Sauza’s Shrike as well as the long tailed Cisticola. One specie of the Guinea-Congo Forest Biome, the seven of the afro tropical highlands biome, 9 of the 11 species of Lake Victoria Basin which occur in Rwanda and have been recorded at the site.

The park also has a mammal list of over 50 species and some of these include the African elephant that were introduced to this national park in 1975.also along the way, we hope to see African Palm Swift, the black headed waxbill, crowned eagle, the slender billed starling, the red collared mountain babler, the Archer’s Robin Chat, the village weaver, the red eyed Dove and the Common Bulbul plus many more.

Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge/ Ruzizi tented camp-FB

Day 2: Have a full day bird watching in Akagera

On this day, we shall look out for the species that are listed in a 500 species checklist which are known to Akagera, some of these species include; Black-winged Bishop, Familiar Chat, African Open-billed Stork, Long-toed Lapwing, Spur-winged Plover, Great Cormorants, Long-tailed, Red-faced Barbet, Goliath Heron, Winding Cisticolas, Senegal Lapwing, Long-tailed Starling, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Red-necked Spurfowl, Rappel’s Amethyst Starling, Red-faced Crombec, Long-tailed Cormorant, Crested Barbet, African Marsh Harrier, Arrow-marked Babbler,White-crowned Black Chat, and Greater Blue-eared Starling, Shoebill, Black Crake, Bateleur, Trilling, Tabora, Rattling and Miombo Wren Warbler, Green-capped Eremomela, Water Dikkop, Brubru, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Brown Parrot, Broad-tailed Warbler, Sooty Chat, White-winged Black Tit, Flappet Lark, Souza’s Shrike, and many more. Other wildlife may include; Giraffe, African Elephant, Hippopotamus, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Warthog, Impala, and many more

Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge/ Ruzizi tented camp-FB

Day 3: Have a full day birding in Volcanoes National park

Wake up so early in the morning and have breakfast before setting off to volcanoes national park, you will enjoy some birding spots along the way. You will view many species and arrive at the park in late afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view Lodge/ Le bamboo Gorilla Lodge/Kinigi forest Guest House FB

Day 4: 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.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view Lodge/ Le bamboo Gorilla Lodge/Kinigi forest Guest House FB

Day 5: Do birding towards Nyungwe Forest National Park

Have breakfast at the lodge and after prepare to check out of the lodge and then head to Nyungwe National park, along the way, you will view many bird species. On arrival, you will check in and then relax for the evening.

Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe forest Lodge/ Nyungwe Top View Lodge/ Gisakura Lodge-FB

Day 6: Full day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

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 Top View Lodge/ Gisakura Lodge-FB

Day 7: another day of birding 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 Top View Lodge/ Gisakura Lodge-FB

Day 8: Drive back to Kigali

We shall also continue birding to Kigali and then visit the Murambi Genocide Memorial museum as well as the National museum.

Overnight at Chez lando – BB

Day 9: Departure

Wake up early enough and have breakfast, after the guide will transfer you to the airport to catch your departure flight back Home.

END OF SAFARI