Day 1: Arrival – overnight in Kgali.
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our representative, transfer to Kigali for a briefing on your safari. Depending on arrival time, you go for a short city tour including a visit to genocide memorial, handicraft shops. Overnight accommodation on Bed & breakfast basis.
Day 2: Birding in Kigali.
After a long flight, today will be more relaxed with birding in Kigali city and environs.
Kigali city has great Urban Birding. As soon as you stepped out of your hotel room, you are welcomed by amazing colorful birds. You will drive down to the Golf course where you will be rewarded with various Bird species which may include among others: the White-collared Olive back, African Swamphen, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Bat Hawk, Narina Trogon, Lesser Honeyguide, Brown-backed Honeybird, Black Cuckoo-Shrike, Olive-bellied, Red-chested Sunbird and Bronzy Sunbirds, African Goshawk, Palm Nut Vulture, Crested Barbet, Grey-backed Fiscal, Rüppell’s Starling and Black-headed Weaver. Overnight accommodation on Bed & breakfast basis.
Day 3: Kigali – Akagera National Park.
Adventure Consults’ guide will brief you the day’s activities, and start your 3-hour journey to Akagera National park. The only Savannah park in Rwanda, is located along the Eastern border of the country, where the typically hilly countryside gives way to the savannas of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by lakes, swamps and marshland, the area boasts a huge compliment of nature and wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. It is a unique habitat and home to big game (including the Lion, Elephants, Zebras Topi, lots of primates and Bird species.
Afternoon Game drive with an optional sundowner (drinks on own account) while enjoying the panoramic views across the scattered grasslands.
A night-drive offers the best opportunity for seeing the nocturnal bird species like Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and several Nightjar species. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the Lodge.
Day 4 & 5: Birding – Akagera National park.
Akagera National Park is characterized by rolling hills, lakes, wetlands and woodlands. The diverse ecosystem, makes this park an ideal home to over 490 bird species.
You will spend most of the time in your jeep and in the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Ihema.
The highlights of Akagera include the Red-faced barbet, the Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Papyrus Gonolek; White-Winged Swamp Warbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola, White-collared Olive back, and Grey-crowned Cranes.
You might also be lucky with the rare endangered Shoebill stock and good populations of raptors and large numbers of water birds. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the Lodge.
Day 6: Akagera – Kigali – Return flight. App. 4 hrs.
Morning start for Kigali, time permitting, have a tour of the city including a visit to genocide memorial, handicraft shops, local markets etc. and later drop off at the airport in time for your return flight.