5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks

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Overview

The 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari combines two prime Rwanda birding safari destinations of Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park. Akagera is home to 525 bird species of which 44 are raptor species while Nyungwe is home to 275 bird species with 25 Albertine rift endemics.  Akagera National Park offers possibilities of exploring a great deal of savannah bird species along with water bird species such as Shoebill stork and Papyrus gonolek while Nyungwe Forest National Park offers possibilities of exploring Afro montane bird species including Rwenzori Turaco, Sun-bird species among others. The 5 Days Rwanda birding safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Safari Highlight:

Day 1 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Transfer to Akagera National Park & do birding with boat on Lake Ihema

Day 2 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks:  Do Whole day birding in Akagera National Park

Day 3 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks:   Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 4 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks:   Whole day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Optional Chimpanzee trekking or more birding experience & transfer back to Kigali

 

 

Safari Overview

Overview

The 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari combines two prime Rwanda birding safari destinations of Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park. Akagera is home to 525 bird species of which 44 are raptor species while Nyungwe is home to 275 bird species with 25 Albertine rift endemics.  Akagera National Park offers possibilities of exploring a great deal of savannah bird species along with water bird species such as Shoebill stork and Papyrus gonolek while Nyungwe Forest National Park offers possibilities of exploring Afro montane bird species including Rwenzori Turaco, Sun-bird species among others. The 5 Days Rwanda birding safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

Safari Highlights

Safari Highlight:

Day 1 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Transfer to Akagera National Park & do birding with boat on Lake Ihema

Day 2 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks:  Do Whole day birding in Akagera National Park

Day 3 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks:   Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 4 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks:   Whole day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Optional Chimpanzee trekking or more birding experience & transfer back to Kigali

 

 

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Safari Break Down

Day 1 : Transfer to Akagera National Park & do birding with boat on Lake Ihema

Breakfast at own arrangement, connect with the guide and transfer to Akagera National Park 135km about 2 hours’ drive from Kigali.  The en route sights of Rwandan hillsides dotted with cattle farms, gardens and local settlement make the drive interesting. Check in at the lodge and in the afternoon 2pm, you embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema – Rwanda’s second largest Lake. Lake Ihema is part of an extensive wetland system known to be the largest in Central Africa comprising of also other lakes like Gishanju, Shakani, Rwanyakizinga and Mihindi. The boat offers chances of exploring the bird species including; Papyrus gonolek, shoebill, African fish eagle, grey crowned crane among others. The sights of Hippos and Nile crocodiles may not be missed.

Accommodation

Budget: Dereva Hotel

Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day 2:  Do Whole day birding in Akagera National Park

The extensive diverse landscapes of Akagera National Park offer rewarding birding experience. The Park boasts of 525 bird species of which 44 are raptor species such as Balaeniceps rex and a range of several Palearctic migrants such as the Glareola nordmanni, the Gallinago media and the Falco naumanni.  The day birding experience in Akagera National Park offers possibilities of exploring a range of bird species including; Ring-necked Francolin, Pallid Harrier, Madagascar Pond-heron, White-spotted Flufftail, Red-faced Barbet, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Buff-spotted woodpecker, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Sharpe’s pied-babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Green-throated Sunbird, Black-billed weaver, Western Citril among others.   While on the birding encounter, there are chances of viewing other wild game in Akagera National Park including; Maasai Giraffe, Lions, Black Rhinos, Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Topis, Impala, Elands among others.

Accommodation

Budget: Dereva Hotel

Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day 3:   Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south west of Rwanda.  You drive through the impressive Rwandan hillsides dubbed the land of a thousand hills. A lunch stop will be made in Butare en route where a short visit to the National Museum can be arranged to explore the great history and traditions of Rwanda. Proceed on the drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park for check in and relaxation. An evening simple birding walk can be undertaken at the forest edge.

Accommodation

Budget/ Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Luxury / Upmarket: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 4:   Whole day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Settle for an early breakfast before connecting to the Nyungwe forest for a lasting extensive Rwanda birding safari experience.  The walk through the forest offers possibilities of exploring various bird species including; Kivu Ground-Thrush, Red-chested, Sunbird, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Regal Sunbird, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Black-faced Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grauer’s Warbler, 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, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Northern Puffback, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, White-starred Robin,  Dusky Crimsonwing, Streaky Seedeater, Thick-billed Seedeater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Variable Sunbird, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Waller’s Starling, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird among others.

Accommodation

Budget/ Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Luxury / Upmarket: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 5: Optional Chimpanzee trekking or more birding experience & transfer back to Kigali

This morning you can choose to engage in more birding encounter to gain chances of exploring more bird species including those that you might have missed on the previous day.  Alternatively, engage in Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park to explore the great Ape closest to mankind in terms of DNA. The Chimp trek lasts 2 – 5 hours. From either of these encounters, you embark on the transfer back to Kigali to mark the end of the safari.

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks

Day One

Day 1 : Transfer to Akagera National Park & do birding with boat on Lake Ihema

Breakfast at own arrangement, connect with the guide and transfer to Akagera National Park 135km about 2 hours’ drive from Kigali.  The en route sights of Rwandan hillsides dotted with cattle farms, gardens and local settlement make the drive interesting. Check in at the lodge and in the afternoon 2pm, you embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema – Rwanda’s second largest Lake. Lake Ihema is part of an extensive wetland system known to be the largest in Central Africa comprising of also other lakes like Gishanju, Shakani, Rwanyakizinga and Mihindi. The boat offers chances of exploring the bird species including; Papyrus gonolek, shoebill, African fish eagle, grey crowned crane among others. The sights of Hippos and Nile crocodiles may not be missed.

Accommodation

Budget: Dereva Hotel

Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day Two

Day 2:  Do Whole day birding in Akagera National Park

The extensive diverse landscapes of Akagera National Park offer rewarding birding experience. The Park boasts of 525 bird species of which 44 are raptor species such as Balaeniceps rex and a range of several Palearctic migrants such as the Glareola nordmanni, the Gallinago media and the Falco naumanni.  The day birding experience in Akagera National Park offers possibilities of exploring a range of bird species including; Ring-necked Francolin, Pallid Harrier, Madagascar Pond-heron, White-spotted Flufftail, Red-faced Barbet, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Buff-spotted woodpecker, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Sharpe’s pied-babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Green-throated Sunbird, Black-billed weaver, Western Citril among others.   While on the birding encounter, there are chances of viewing other wild game in Akagera National Park including; Maasai Giraffe, Lions, Black Rhinos, Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Topis, Impala, Elands among others.

Accommodation

Budget: Dereva Hotel

Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day Three

Day 3:   Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south west of Rwanda.  You drive through the impressive Rwandan hillsides dubbed the land of a thousand hills. A lunch stop will be made in Butare en route where a short visit to the National Museum can be arranged to explore the great history and traditions of Rwanda. Proceed on the drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park for check in and relaxation. An evening simple birding walk can be undertaken at the forest edge.

Accommodation

Budget/ Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Luxury / Upmarket: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day Four

Day 4:   Whole day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Settle for an early breakfast before connecting to the Nyungwe forest for a lasting extensive Rwanda birding safari experience.  The walk through the forest offers possibilities of exploring various bird species including; Kivu Ground-Thrush, Red-chested, Sunbird, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Regal Sunbird, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Black-faced Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grauer’s Warbler, 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, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Northern Puffback, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, White-starred Robin,  Dusky Crimsonwing, Streaky Seedeater, Thick-billed Seedeater, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Variable Sunbird, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Waller’s Starling, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird among others.

Accommodation

Budget/ Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Luxury / Upmarket: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day Five

Day 5: Optional Chimpanzee trekking or more birding experience & transfer back to Kigali

This morning you can choose to engage in more birding encounter to gain chances of exploring more bird species including those that you might have missed on the previous day.  Alternatively, engage in Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park to explore the great Ape closest to mankind in terms of DNA. The Chimp trek lasts 2 – 5 hours. From either of these encounters, you embark on the transfer back to Kigali to mark the end of the safari.

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Birding Safari to Akagera & Nyungwe Forest National Parks