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Rwanda Birding Tours

After our successful African Bird Club Conservation Tour and six more tours, we again offer our Rwanda Albertine Rift Endemics extension tour in July 2018. It precedes our Uganda Specials and our Budongo and Murchison extension tours. Just 6 participants can join.

Our tour focuses entirely on Africa’s largest contiguous block of montane forest, best accessed at Nyungwe National Park. We’ll have almost four full days to explore these little-birded forests.

Even richer than Uganda's Bwindi in local specialties, we’ll be searching for Red-collared Mountain Babbler, Ruwenzori Turaco, Stuhlman’s Double-collared Sunbird, the exquisite Purple-breasted Sunbird, Neumann’s Short-tailed Warbler and Kungwe Apalis, and can catch up with just about any of specialities from Bwindi. If we’re really lucky we may even encounter Shelley’s Crimsonwing or Albertine Owlet, two species only a handful of birders have seen before.

This tour can be done before our Uganda Specials and Murchison and Budongo tours.

See our blog with photos, the detailed itinerary and our publications in the ABC Bulletin and Africa Birds & Birding.

Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael Mills grew up "in the bush" in the Kalahari and Kruger National Parks where his parents were carnivore researchers. His incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show people Africa's toughest birds is probably unequalled on the continent.

Michael has led dozens of tours in Southern, East, Central, West and North Africa and his experience in locating birds on just the softest of calls or briefest of views impresses those who have travelled with him (see Client Comments).

There is seldom a tour where Michael doesn't make an interesting discovery such as finding a new species for a country or record an undescribed bird call (and he has published these in the scientific literature).

Not only is Michael one of our principal leaders, but he also helps extensively with scouting and planning our most challenging itineraries.

2024 Tours

Tour name Dates in Country Days Leaflet Trip Report

Rwanda: Albertine Rift Endemics (BA2449)

1 - 7 June  7 Leaflet USD click here

Uganda Highlights: Green-breasted Pitta Tour (BA2449)

7 - 17 June 11 Leaflet USD click here

Uganda: Murchison Extension (BA2449)

17 - 22June  6 Leaflet USD click here

Giant Lobelia towering over Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest © Callan Cohen.
Giant Lobelia towering over Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest © Callan Cohen.

Red-collared Mountain Babbler seen in Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest © Ray Tipper.
Red-collared Mountain Babbler seen in Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest © Ray Tipper.

L'Hoest Monkey can be seen on our birding tours in Rwanda and Uganda. © Callan Cohen. L'Hoest Monkey can be seen on our tours in Rwanda and Uganda © Callan Cohen. Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla, Guereza Colobus and other primates can also be seen on our tours in Uganda and Rwanda, while Golden Monkey can be tracked on our tours in Rwanda.

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to see as many as possible endemic birds, but while on the walks we spend a lot of time looking for other wildlife such as mammals (including several species of primates) and butterflies. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness A small degree of fitness is required. The few walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional small inclines. The terrain during the optional gorilla tracking can never be predicted and can be very steep.
Timing Most of our Rwanda tours take place during December - January or July - August.
Climate Cool at night in the highlands, warm to hot in the lowlands.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size Maximum 6 participants on the Uganda and Rwanda birding tours in July.
Top birds Albertine Rift endemics, Red-faced Barbet (in Akagera only), Red-collared Mountain Babbler,
Purple-breasted Sunbird
Top mammals Chimpanzee, Gorilla, Golden monkey, Black-and-white Colobus monkey, l'Hoest Monkey
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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