Our Rwanda birding and gorillas extension is a fascinating add-on to our Kenya & Tanzania birds and big game tours, and in a jam-packed week we cover this small nation from north to south and east to west. In the vast and beautiful Nyungwe Forest we will seek additional Albertine Rift endemics (notable targets include Red-collared Babbler, Kungwe Apalis, Shelley’s Crimsonwing and Albertine Owlet).
In Akagera NP we bird broad-leaved woodlands and papyrus swamps for Shoebill and many other specials. Last but certainly not least, we have the opportunity to track the large Virunga race of Mountain Gorilla. Rwanda’s gorillas are generally easier to find and observe in their mostly open bamboo habitat. We will not ignore the recent tragic history of Rwanda and we pay our respects at some of Rwanda’s genocide memorials. This Rwanda tour is highly recommended.
Please note: As we cannot guarantee the availability of gorilla permits, we suggest you book very early if you would like to purchase one for the optional gorilla trek. As of mid 2017, these permits are US$ 1500 per person (non-refundable).
Ruwenzori Turaco, Red-faced Barbet, Red-collared Babbler, Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Stripe-breasted Tit, Handsome Francolin, Ruwenzori Nightjar, Grauer’s Swamp, Red-faced Woodland, Neumann’s and Grauer’s Warbler, Kungwe & Mountain Masked Apalis, Ruwenzori Double-collared, Blue-headed, Regal & Purple-breasted Sunbird, Dusky & Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Strange Weaver, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Ruwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
Mountain Gorilla, Golden, Silver & L’Hoest’s Monkey
montane rainforest, bamboo, woodlands, Acacia savanna, grasslands, wetlands, papyrus swamps
tropical with some rain expected, cooler in highlands
moderate pace with some longer walks and drives
Virunga Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest, Genocide Museum in Kigali