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7 Days Rwanda Birding Safari Tour in Africa

7 Days Rwanda Birding Safari Tour in Africa – Overview

7 Days Rwanda Birding Safari Tour in Africa is an exciting birding safari for the great birders designed by Africa Safaris Tours in Rwanda covering her three (3) prime destinations of Akagera National Park, Rugezi Swamp on the outskirts of Volcanoes National Park and then Nyungwe Forest National Park. The 7 Days Rwanda birding safari commences and ends in Kigali.

For the birders, Africa Safaris Tours offers a huge choice of bird watching holidays in Uganda and Rwanda at affordable rates.

7 days Rwanda birding Safari, leads you to the great birding areas like Akagera National Park, Rugezi Swamp on the outskirts of Volcanoes National Park and then Nyungwe Forest National Park.

7 Days Rwanda Birding Safari Tour in Africa – Highlights

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & drive to Akagera Np for an evening birding experience

Day 2: Whole day birding expedition in Akagera Np

Day 3: Drive to Nyungwe Forest Np. Whole day drive enjoying amazing sights of Rwandan hillsides en route

Day 4: Whole day Birding expedition in Nyungwe Forest NP

Day 5: Another day of birding experience in Nyungwe Forest NP

Day 6: Drive to Ruhengeri Area – North West of Rwanda

Day 7: Morning birding experience in Rugezi Swamp, optional canoe ride in the twin lakes and drive to Kigali

7 Days Rwanda Birding Safari Tour in Africa – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive At Kigali International Airport & Drive to Akagera Np For An Evening Birding Experience

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, meet your driver guide and transfer to Akagera National Park 135km about 2 ½ – 3 hours drive.

You check in at the lodge en route in Rwamagana and proceed to the park for an afternoon birding experience.

The Rwanda safari destination of Akagera National Park supports about 500 bird species among which include the impressive papyrus gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri) and a range of other water dwelling birds.

There are 44 species of raptor; the Palearctic migrants like the Gallinago media, Falco naumanni and the Glareola nordmanni have been recorded.

The Akagera creates the northern top most extension of Zambezian biome species including the Myrmecocichla arnotti, Lanius souzae and Cisticola angusticauda.

The park features one Guinea – Congo Forest biome Species and the 7 Afro-tropical Highlands biome Species.

Accommodation:
Budget: Dereva Hotel
Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge
Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day 2: Whole Day Birding Expedition in Akagera Np

Transfer early in the morning to Akagera National Park for an exciting birding encounter. Traverse the impressive Savannah landscapes gaining possible views of birds and general wildlife.

In the afternoon, you take up the boat ride on Lake Ihema gaining possibilities of viewing more birds and aquatics like Crocodiles and Hippos. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:
Budget: Dereva Hotel
Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge
Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day 3: Drive to Nyungwe Forest Np. Whole Day Drive Enjoying Amazing Sights of Rwandan Hillsides En-route

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kigali from where you will proceed to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

It’s close to whole day drive exploring the views of Rwandan countryside landscapes that have formed the back ground of her dub as the land of a thousand hills. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation
Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse
Midrange: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 4: Whole-day Birding Expedition in Nyungwe Forest NP

Nyungwe Forest National Park is described to among the Important Bird Areas and rated by the Birdlife International in acknowledgment of the bird count.

It can be noted that that Nyungwe Forest National Park features 310 bird species of which 27 of these are restricted in range to Albertine rift.

Among other birds thriving in Nyungwe Forest National Park include; Rwenzori Turacos, Grauer’s Rush Warbler,  Red-throated Alethe, Purple-breasted and Blue-headed, Kungwe Apalis Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Ruwenzori Apalis, Alehe poliophrys, Batis diops, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-breasted Tit Parus fasciiventer, Caprimulgus ruwenzorii, Cossypha archeri, Ruwenzori Nightjar, Archer’s Robin-chat, Dusky Crimson Wing, Shelley’s Crimsonwing,  Handsome Francolin, Francolinus nobilis, Cryptospiza jacksoni, Cryptospiza shelleyi, Hemitesia neumanni, Kupeornis rufocinctus, Red-collared Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Regal Sunbird, Melaenornis ardesiacus,  Cinnyris regius and Neumann’s Warbler.

Accommodation
Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse
Midrange: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
Luxury: One & Only Nyungwe

Day 5: Another Day of Birding Experience in Nyungwe Forest NP

This is designed for another encounter in the Nyungwe Forest National Park in search of birds. Other optional activities include; Canopy walk, Colobus Monkey trek or Chimpanzee trekking.

Accommodation
Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse
Midrange: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
Luxury: One & Only Nyungwe

Day 6: Drive to Ruhengeri Area – North West of Rwanda

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Musaze in the north west of Rwanda. You enjoy a day drive with sightseeing of the Congo Nile divide landscapes and the views of Lake Kivu. Arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation
Budget: Muhabura Hotel
Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 7: Morning Birding Experience in Rugezi Swamp, Optional Canoe Ride in The Twin Lakes And Drive to Kigali

Early Morning birding in Rugezi Swamp another Important Bird Area as declared by Birdlife International in the year 2001 sheltering 43 bird species including the Grauer‘s swamp warbler and white-winged swamp warbler.

Depending on the available time, you can opt to do a canoe ride on the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera before embarking on the transfer back to Kigali to catch up with a flight back home.

End of The 7 Days Rwanda Birding Safari Tour in Africa.