Best Birding Places in Rwanda – Africa


Welcome to Rwanda a land of thousand hills, and Rwanda is also known in East Africa as the smallest country and with the small Kigali city a capital of the country and it is here you find the Airport and it is few kilometers to reach your hotel from this Hub.

Rwanda has got 3 wildlife national parks (Akagera, Nyungwe and Volcanoes) but each with a unique tourist product and Akagera National Park is famously known for the African wildlife species like Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Water and bush bucks among others and it being bordering with the Tanzania wildlife corridors there is much more wildlife to be spotted on a game drive safari.

Then when you visit the Nyungwe Forest National Park, you can not miss to trek the chimpanzees at the Cyamudongo forest or Uwinka areas, Canopy walk is a much do experience in the evening after the chimps and here you spot the canopies, birds, butterflies among other species at the closest view.

Then tourists leave this forest via the Kibuye with the scenic view of the shores of Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park but before you reach you can stop at some of the interesting places of Rwanda like the Gisenyi and here you can have it all experiencing the shores of Lake Kivu and you can too stop to some of the genocides like Gisenyi genocide and after do not miss the Dancing pots and here you can have the Rwanda culture by interacting with the local people direct in several projects in which you too participate.

Volcanoes National Park, is famously known for the Mountain gorillas and gorilla trekking is the most loved experience that tourists intend to enjoy together with golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey, Mount Bisoke & Karisimbi Hike, visit to the twin Lakes (Bulera & Ruhondo) and the most interesting evening excursion – Iby’wacu cultural village that is a home to the numbers of once gorilla hunters and now Eco – warriors.

Though Rwanda was much known for the above mentioned experiences in different national parks today it has become a most visited destination by the both local and international birds looking for the unique and migratory birds found in Rwanda National Parks and others places like wetlands and reserves.

The Rwanda birding highlights include the Red-Faced Barbet, Shoe bill Stork, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek and the Miombo Wren-Warblers. Rwanda has seven Important Birding Areas (IBAs) including the three National Parks—Volcanoes, Akagera and Nyungwe.

The other IBAs are at: Rugezi Swamp, Akanyaru, Nyabarongo and Cyamudongo. Therefore on the list birds of Rwanda you find the bird species that you would like to spot and here are several Rwanda tour operators that will help to customize for you the best birding safari package.

Then if you are planning to experience Rwanda gorilla and birding safari at the very affordable price the best time to travel is from November – May, reason is that since Rwanda increased it’s gorilla permit from $ 750 – $ 1500 USD during the low season (November – May) when you visit Rwanda and definitely for birding you can visit the 3 or 2 parks you can win a discounted gorilla permit of $ 1050 USD per person.

More if you are a birder and you intend to attend a conference in Rwanda that requires like length stay in Rwanda before or after the conference and seminars you can too get a special permit of $ 1275 USD per person.


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