Bird watching safari through Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s most popular tourist destination. Bird through its diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, an ideal habitat for over 600 species of birds.
Day 1: To Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. O/D ORTPN Rest House (FB)
Day 2: Birding and Nature Walks in Nyungwe Forest Walk. O/D ORTPN Rest House (FB)
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest.O/D ORTPN Rest House (FB)
Day 4: Return to Kigali. Visit the cultural museum in Butare. Transfer to the airport.
What to Expect
The 4 Days Bird watching Safari is an exceptional itinerary to Nyungwe Forest. Nyungwe forest is situated in south-west Rwanda between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. Nyungwe is divided north–south by a line of mountains that reach 2,600–2,900 m and which form part of the Congo–Nile watershed. As a result, Nyungwe is composed of two areas differing in pedology, vegetation, water-flow and biodiversity.
After a briefing about your safari, drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the old palace in Nyanza and drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest. Overnight and dinner at ORTPN Rest house (FB).
We look for species probably missed the previous day, we hope to tick-off Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Sharpe’s Starling, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Dusky Tit, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Siffling Cisticola, Bronze Mannikin, Golden-breasted Bunting, Neumann’s Warbler, Red-throated Alethe, Mountain Wagtail, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Equatorial Akalat, Black Cuckoo, Kungwe Apalis, White-bellied Robin-chat, and many more. We try our luck and listen out at night fall for the Rwenzori Nightjar (a nocturnal species), Albertine Owlet and Red-chested Owlet. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge | Gisakura Guest .
Nyungwe is composed of two areas differing in pedology, vegetation, water-flow and biodiversity. This wonderful birding area lies west of Butare, with the Butare to Cyangugu road passing straight through the middle, providing excellent roadside birding. A total of 275 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 Rockefeller’s Sunbird (both globally threatened, restricted-range and biome-restricted). In addition, 11 of the 23 species of the 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. Generally, Nyungwe is certainly the most important forest for the conservation of montane birds in the region.
Drive back to Kigali. En route, you will visit the cultural museum in Butare. Transfer to airport for your onward flight.
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