Rwanda bird watching vacation and gorilla trek

With three national parks ranked as Important Birding Areas, and a wide range of habitats, a Rwanda bird watching vacation 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
US $5791ToUS $7168 excluding flights
11 Days
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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
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Description of Rwanda bird watching vacation and gorilla trek

Price information

US $5791ToUS $7168 excluding flights
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

Departure information

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

Travel guides

Bird watching
Meet a good birding guide and you realise that the image of birders as people who are only driven by one thing in life, to sight a certain species, is...
Gorilla safari
Gorillas are like the godfathers. The largest and most powerful of the great apes, you are only granted an hour's sitting with them. That is the law o...


1 Reviews of Rwanda bird watching vacation 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 vacation?

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation 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 vacation 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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