Bird watching in Rwanda and Gorilla Trekking 9days


Arrival at airport, meet your guide do introductions and later drive leisurely with limited birding stops to Akagera national park in northwestern Rwanda. Akagera national park with low-lying plains, dozens of lakes, savanna and woodland zones. Shoebill encounters, great savanna birding and spectacular game viewing, It also borders Tanzania in the northwest making it great area to spot Tanzania specialties like Red-faced Barbet, Tabora cisticola, Crested barbet and other more from the bordering wildlife of western Tanzania!


Whole day bird watching and game in Akagera national park. Today after early breakfast start birding looking out for species like Broad-tailed Warbler, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Sooty Chat, White-winged Black Tit, Flappet Lark, Souza’s Shrike, Crested Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Long-tailed, Trilling, Tabora, Rattling and Winding Cisticolas, Miombo Wren Warbler, Green-capped Eremomela, Red-faced Crombec, Rueppell’s Long-tailed Starling, Amethyst Starling, Senegal Lapwing, Water Dikkop, Brubru, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Brown Parrot, Red-necked Spurfowl, White-crowned Black Chat, Familiar Chat, Black-winged Bishop and Arrow-marked Babbler, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Shoebill, African Open-billed Stork, Egyptian Goose, Long-toed Lapwing, Spur-winged Plover, Black Crake/ etc. mammals like, monkey, giraffe, hog, hipo, sitatunga, topi, waterback pause around for photography.


Today also birding and game to lookout for the species that we could have missed the previous day of birding. Add evening boat cruise at Lake Ihema or other.


Birding watching transfer to the volcanoes national park. Toaday we checkout early from Akagera national park and embark on the road to the volcans with stops to stretch and look at birds, reach and do evening leisurely birding around the lodge, lookout for species like village weaver, bronze sunbird, red-capped robin chat, snowy-crowned robin chat, white-tailed blue flycatcher, green-headed sunbird, baglafecht weaver and many more, mammals like L’hoest monkey, golden monkey etc, show up for photos


Gorilla trekking experience and later get to our lodge to rest or do leisurely evening birding around the lodge.


Checkout and drive to Nyungwe National park. Nyungwe forest is situated in south-west Rwanda between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. This beautiful birding area lies west of Butare, with the Butare-Cyangugu road passing straight through the middle, providing excellent roadside birding. About 270 species have been recorded in Nyungwe, reflecting the wide habitat diversity and altitudinal range. These include all the 25 species of the Albertine Rift mountains Endemic Bird Area that occur in Rwanda, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Rockefellers’ Sunbird (both globally threatened, restricted-range and biome-restricted). Also, 11 of the 23 species of Guinea–Congo Forests biome and 71 of the 74 species of this biome of Afrotropical Highlands that occur in Rwanda have been recorded at this site!


Whole day birding in the park-Uwinka trail to lookout for; Stripe-breasted Tit, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Ruwenzori Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Mountain Masked Apalis, Black-faced Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Grauer’s Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Kivu Ground-Thrush, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Red-chested, SunbirdRegal Sunbird, Olive Woodpecker, Mountain Greenbul, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Northern Puffback, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Thick-billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo etc


Morning birding to late afternoon to tryout a few species that we could have missed the previous day of birding, do canopy walk or optional chimpanzees trekking experience.


Transfer back to Kigali for your flight back home, End!

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