3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

3 DAYS - 2 NIGHTS
  • 3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

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3 Days birding safari to Rwanda will take you to Nyungwe Forest National Park for an exciting birdwatching tour. Nyungwe forest national park is a tropical rainforest with over 322 bird species, 13 primate species, and several unique plant species. The forest hosts over 310 bird species and 29 Albertine Rift Endemics.

Birding in Nyungwe forest national park is done in the following trails; Bigugu trail, Karamba trail, Kamiranzovu trail and Gisakura trails. And please don’t forget to carry the Binoculars, Field guide book i.e. “Birds of East Africa is recommended”, weather friendly Notebook and pencil, Raincoat, Hiking shoes, Camera and Snacks during your birding tour to Nyungwe forest.

On your 3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda, look out for the following bird species in; Albertine owlet, Archer’s robin-chat, Ruwenzori batis, Stripe-breasted tit, African paradise flycatcher, Chinspot batis, Red-throated alethe, Long-crested eagle, Neumann’s warbler, Regal sunbird, Rockefeller’s sunbird, Strange weaver, Ruwenzori nightjar, Crowned hornbill, Eastern mountain greenbul, Buff-throated apalis, Dusky crimsonwing, Kivu ground thrush, Handsome francolin, Ruwenzori turaco, Purple-breasted sunbird, Blue-headed sunbird, Red-collared babbler, Red-faced woodland warbler, Mountain masked apalis, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Ruwenzori apalis, Shelley’s crimsonwing, Dwarf honeyguide, Yellow-eyed black flycatcher among others.

Besides birding in Nyungwe forest, the park features a number of tourist activities like chimpanzee tracking, Canopy walk, The Angolan Colobus Monkeys tracking, Camping, tropical waterfall visits and Natural Trail Hiking.

3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda highlight

  • Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park – Birding in the afternoon
  • Day 2: Full day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Kigali

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park – Birding in the afternoon

Meet your birding guide for a quick briefing and later embark on 268 km from Kigali business center to the park. This journey takes approximately 6hours however; you will dry through interesting traditional homesteads, ask for stopovers to take some nice photos and also stretching your legs. On this day, you will have an optional visit either to Nyanza palace which is a home to last great cultural leaders ie Musinga and Rudahigwa or at the Ethnographic Museum in Butare.

You will arrive in Nyungwe forest national park on time for lunch and later head to the forest for an afternoon birding trip to look for birds like Red-faced woodland warbler, Mountain masked apalis, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Ruwenzori apalis, Shelley’s crimsonwing among others. Retire and drive to your booked lodge for check in, dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel.

Day 2: Full day birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Have an early morning cup of coffee and set off to Nyungwe forest for a full fay birdwatching tour. This birding walk into the forest offers great opportunities of spotting several Albertine rift endemics, residents, accidental and migratory bird species such as Red-chested, Sunbird, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Regal Sunbird, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Black-faced Apalis, Collared Apalis, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Stripe-breasted Tit, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Grauer’s Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Variable Sunbird, Red- throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Turaco, Streaky Seedeater, Handsome Francolin, Olive Woodpecker, Great Blue Turaco, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Mountain Greenbul, Rwenzori Hill-babbler, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler, Northern Puffback, White-starred Robin,  Dusky Crimsonwing, Thick-billed Seedeater, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Waller’s Starling, among others. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel.

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for chimpanzee trekking experiences. During your tour, look out for some bird species that you must have missed in the previous days. The chimp safari in Nyungwe forest national park takes about 2 – 5 hours, after encountering these primates, spend a full hour with them, see them play, swing over the tree branches, take as many photos are possible. Retire and drive to your lodge for lunch and check out.  Later transfer to Kigali international airport to end your 3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda.

3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda includes;

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Meals
  • Drinking water

3 Days Birding Safari to Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda excludes;

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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