Rwanda bird watching holiday and gorilla trek

With three national parks ranked as Important Birding Areas, and a wide range of habitats, a Rwanda bird watching holiday offers superb potential for enthusiasts. This bespoke tour is complemented by the expertise of local naturalist guides, and also includes chimpanzee and gorilla trekking.
Enjoy birdwatching in a number of prime locations around Rwanda Visit Akagera National Park, home to some 500 bird species Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park Birding and gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park Explore a range of habitats in the company of expert local guides Tour contributes to habitat restoration and conservation
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Description of Rwanda bird watching holiday and gorilla trek

This exceptional Rwanda bird watching holiday ventures to no fewer than three national parks, meaning you値l enjoy abundant opportunities to find a wide range of species. Particularly as you値l be assisted by expert local guides, adept at identifying the best places for sightings.

And, as well as bird watching, you値l enjoy a day tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park, and trek out to see the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park. There are some remarkable, unforgettable encounters to be had among man痴 closest cousins, and the slow-moving grace of the gorillas will make a stunning contrast to the colourful activity of Rwanda痴 ample birdlife.

Ensuring that you make the most of your time on holiday, you値l spend a day birding in the wetlands and forested areas around the capital, Kigali, before moving on to Akagera National Park, 110km to the east. Here long-crested eagles, pied crows and augur buzzards can be seen amongst a wealth of other species. Staying at a lodge, you might also catch sight of buffaloes, zebras, and elephants.

Travelling back southwest to Nyungwe Forest National Park is a full-day journey that will be punctuated with frequent birding stops in roadside swamps. As much of the birding on this trip takes place beyond the environs of officially protected areas, your holiday helps with conservation through encouraging local communities to benefit from tourism by protecting birdlife.

With its montane forests providing ideal habitat for many species, Nyungwe Forest National Park is particularly rich in birdlife. Handsome francolins, chestnut owlets and regal sunbirds are just a tiny handful of the characters you might track down here.

Permits for chimp-trekking and gorilla tracking, in Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park respectively, are included. The terrain can be challenging in places, though porters will be available if required. Your efforts will be more than rewarded however, as these are two of the great bucket-list wildlife experiences. You値l spend only an hour with the gorillas, but you値l remember every moment for years to come.

Volcanoes National Park, where Dian Fossey began her gorilla research, and the final destination of this holiday, is another fantastic birding spot, with many trails taking you deep into the forests. You値l spend a few days here, allowing you to tick plenty more sightings off your list, before heading back to Kigali. But not before a short visit to a 組orilla guardians village where you can learn about efforts to protect these gentle giants of the jungle, and how your holiday directly helps with their conservation.

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This pricing is based on shared twin room The pricing includes permits - Gorilla, chimp & Colobus Maximum 6 people per guide This itinerary is customisable.
Extension Tours are available. Solo travelers will incur higher rates
Make enquiry

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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1 Reviews of Rwanda bird watching holiday and gorilla trek

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2023 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting the genocide museum, seeing the mountain gorillas, meeting the local people, the weather and seeing over 200 birds.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Tip well to make a positive impact in the community. Let the tour company know if you want to add something or change something, they are very flexible.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely, I got 2-3 porters for each of the walks, tracking.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. The tour operator organized a memorable trip, accomodations were great, food was awesome, guide was extremely knowledgeable, and I rated this trip/Rwanda one of my top 3 out of 46 countries.

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1. Wildlife in Rwanda is protected by the Rwanda development board in close connection with African parks that runs Akagera national park and Nyungwe national park. For clients visit to the parks, conservation fees are paid and these are used to protect and conserve the parks. In addition to this, often include a visit to the communities adjacent to the parks to ensure they benefit directly and therefore join in conservation. There is a tea plantation experience near Nyungwe forest and gorilla guardians village adjacent to Volcanoes national park.

2. Some of the birding activities will be outside of the national parks in areas that have been conserved to encourage birding especially in the Kigali area. Birding Umusambi village in Kigali contributes to restoration of this wetland and conservation of several birds.

3. Just like all our tours, we minimize trash on our safaris by encouraging travelers to reuse different materials. We provide/ encourage travelers to carry reusable water bottles. This is because we no longer buy the small disposable water cartons but rather the bigger bottles that then ensure minimum plastic and trash on our tours. Whatever rubbish generated while on safari must be retained in the car and safely disposed of by the driver guide.


1. Our guides are locals in the countries we work in. We also encourage them where applicable to get a site guide in the different areas they take our guests. For the tea plantation experience and Gorilla guardians experience, our naturalist guide will be in the background as the community guides take over. This helps with spreading the tourism dollar to many more people on the value chain.

2. We respect the local cultures of the communities we visit, we are not intrusive in our approach. We ask locals to let us know what is comfortable for them as far as bringing tourists into their villages, homes etc. We together make a trail for an experience they are comfortable with. We call ahead and plan everything based on the locals/hosts preferred times and activities and if for some reason they are not able to host us after prior confirmation, we inform the clients in time and choose a different activity.

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