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4 Days Nyungwe Forest National Park Birding Safari


Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in southwestern Rwanda, is a haven for bird enthusiasts, boasting over 300 bird species, including 27 Albertine Rift endemics. This meticulously crafted 4-day birding safari offers participants the opportunity to explore the park’s diverse habitats and observe a wide variety of bird species, as well as primates and other wildlife.

Duration: 4 Days
Places to Visit: Nyungwe Forest National Park


Day 1: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park

Distance: 225km/4-5hrs drive
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, an expert birding guide will warmly welcome participants and provide a brief introduction to Rwanda’s rich birdlife. After collecting packed lunch boxes, set off on a scenic drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way, make birding stops at various locations, such as the Nyabugogo wetlands and Butare, to spot species like the Papyrus Gonolek, White-collared Oliveback, and the elusive Red-faced Barbet. Upon arrival at Nyungwe, check into the lodge for leisure and overnight stay.
Mid-Range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel on Full Board
Semi-Luxury: One&Only Nyungwe House on Full Board

Day 2-3: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Dedicate two full days to exploring the rich biodiversity of Nyungwe Forest National Park. The park’s varied habitats, including montane rainforest, bamboo forest, and marshes, support an impressive array of bird species. Birding highlights include the Rwenzori Turaco, Grauer’s Warbler, Albertine Owlet, Handsome Francolin, and the enigmatic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. In addition to birding, participants can enjoy guided nature walks to spot primates such as chimpanzees, Rwenzori colobus, and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Overnight at the chosen accommodation within the park.
Mid-Range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel on Full Board
Semi-Luxury: One&Only Nyungwe House on Full Board

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park – Kigali – Departure

Distance: 225km/4-5hrs drive
After a final early morning birding walk and breakfast, begin the journey back to Kigali. Along the way, stop at the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza to learn about Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage and spot bird species such as the Black-headed Gonolek, Bronzy Sunbird, and the striking Doherty’s Bushshrike. Upon arrival in Kigali, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay respects and gain insights into the country’s tragic history. Afterward, the guide will transfer participants to Kigali International Airport for onward travel plans.

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