Bird Watching Tour, Rwanda 10 days

Tour Outline
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Starting Point
Kigali Airport
Means of Transport
Private vehicle
Destination
  • Volcanoes NP
  • Nyungwe NP
  • Akagera NP
  • Lake Kivu

Activities
Bird watching
Option
  • Domestic flight
  • Hiking
  • Night game drive
  • Night nature walk

Destination Guide
Nyungwe National Park

It is a rainforest along Albertine Rift Valley where 85 Species of mammals and 310 Species of birds are recorded. It is home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, also a popular bird watching site thanks to Albertine owl, red-collared babbler and Rockefeller’s Sunbird.

Akagera National Park

It is a park of savanna and lake, located north-east of Rwanda, 8000 large animals and 550 species of birds are recorded. Savannah is s home for elephants, lions and rhinos. Lake Ihema is a home to the hippopotamus, crocodiles.

Volcanoes National Park

It is the most popular national park in Rwanda at the southern part of Virunga Mountains. It is a home to the Mountain Gorillas, 10 groups are habituated and eight tourists per group per day are allowed to meet them. It is also known for Golden Monkey tracking, mountain climbing to Mt. Karisimbi.

Lake Kivu

It is a freshwater lake along Albertine Rift Valley, known as a bird watching site.

Tour Itinerary
Day
1
PM
Arrive at Kigali Airport, transfer to hotel
Movement
Kigali
Meal
  • B Nil
  • L Nil
  • D Hotel
Overnight Kigali
Lemigo Hotel
HB
Day
2
AM
Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
PM
Bird watching at Gisakura, Nyungwe NP
Bird of the day
Red-ollared Mountain-Babbler (Kupeornis rufocinctus), Regal Sunbird (Cinnyris regia), Lagden's Bush Shrike (Malaconotus lagdeni), Tullberg's Woodpecker (Campethera tullbergi), Mountain Yellow Warbler (Chloropeta similis) and White-crested Helmet Shrike (Prionops plumatus).
Movement
Kigali
6hr drive
Nyungwe
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest Lodge
FB
Day
3
Whole day
Bird watching at Gisakura, Nyungwe NP
Bird of the day
Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema), Collared Apalis (Apalis ruwenzorii) Rwenzori Batis (Batis diops), Handsome Francolin (Francolinus nobilis), and Doherty's Bush Shrike (Malaconotus dohertyi).
Movement
Nyungwe
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest Lodge
FB
Day
4
Whole day
Bird watching at Uwinka, Nyungwe NP
Bird of the day
White-browed Robin Chat (Cossyypha heuglini), African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis), Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis), African Water Rail (Rallus caerulescens), and Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus).
Movement
Nyungwe
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest Lodge
FB
Day
5
Whole day
Transfer to Akagera NP
Bird of the day
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur), Cassin's Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus africanus), Northern Puffback (Dryoscopus gambensis), White-starred Robin (Pogonocichla stellata), Regal Sunbird (Cinnyris regia), Stripe-breasted Tit (Parus fasciiventer), and Mountain Masked Apalis (Apalis personatta).
Movement
Nyungwe
9hr drive
Akagera
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Akagera National Park
Ruziz Tented Camp
FB
Day
6
AM
Bird watching at savannah in Akagera NP
PM
Bird watching on Lake Ihema
Bird of the day
Common stonechat (Saxicola torquata), White-headed Black Chat (Myrmecocichla arnoti), Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus), Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), and Sooty Chat (Myrmecocichla nigra).
Movement
Akagera
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Akagera National Park
Ruziz Tented Camp
FB
Day
7
AM
Bird watching at savannah in Akagera NP
PM
Transfer to Ruhengeri
Bird of the day
Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis), Narina Trogen (Apaloderma narina) Grey wood pecker (Dendropicos goertae), White-browed Robin-Chat (Cossypha caffra), and Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Merops boehmi).
Movement
Akagera
6hr drive
Ruhengeri
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Hotel
Overnight Ruhengeri
Faraja Hotel
HB
Day
8
Whole day
Bird watching at Volcanoes NP
Bird of the day
Blue-headed Sunbird (Cyanomitra alinae), Handsome Francolin (Francolinus nobilis), Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus), Rwenzori Turaco (Tauraco johnstoni), Chestnut-throated Apalis (Apalis porphyrolaema).
Movement
Ruhengeri
0.5hr drive
Volcanoes NP
0.5hr drive
Ruhengeri
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Hotel
  • D Hotel
Overnight Ruhengeri
Faraja Hotel
FB
Day
9
AM
Bird watching at Lake Ruhondo, Lake Bulera
PM
Bird watching on Lake Kivu
Bird of the day
African Darter (Anhinga rufa), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo),Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata),Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus), and African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris).
Movement
Ruhengeri
1.5hr drive
Lake Kivu
1.5hr drive
Ruhengeri
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Hotel
Overnight Ruhengeri
Faraja Hotel
HB
Day
10
AM
Transfer to Kigali Airport
Movement
Ruhengeri
3hr drive
Kigali
Meal
  • B Hotel
  • L Rest
  • D Nil
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