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Birding and Educational Tours Rwanda

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Kigali, Rwanda
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About Birding and Educational Tours Rwanda
Birding and Educational Tours is a tourism company operating in Rwanda and East Africa with a team of highly knowledgeable guides on the regional wildlife hotspots. We are an experienced company in Bird guiding, Gorillas tracking, Honey moon Safaris, Training in bird guiding, and Educational tours.
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treeswift wrote a review Jul 2021
Amsterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions
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We just returned form 10 days of birding and wildlife watching in stunning Rwanda where we visited various regions and habitats, from montane forest to savanna to papyrus swamp. Claudien, from Birding and Educational Tours Rwanda organized the whole trip for us, tailor made to our requests after some back and forth by email and whatsapp. He was always very prompt in his replies and most accommodating. The trip went very smoothly even though there were several covid related elements and tests to incorporate, with quarantines, curfews, and travel permits to arrange, much of which were newly implemented by the authorities. side note: Rwanda is very much on top of its covid situation. Everyone wears masks always and temperature checks and hand santization stations are everywhere in cities and entrances to game reserves. In any case, Claudien was on top of it all and we had a wonderful time. The birding in Nyungwe is world class, and with expert local guiding we saw 21 of the 29 Albetine Rift endemics as well as seeing several monkey species and having a very up close and personal visit with a group of nine active chimpanzees playing all about us on the forest floor. We proceeded to Akagera which is a magical savanna reserve featuring a large papyrus swamp. the birding was again excellent and here we also got to see lions twice and many other savanna mammals. in the 2 short days we fit in a great night drive and lovely boat ride on the lake. We ended with a day in Bugesera, where we found the Papyrus Gonolek. In Rwanda, everything works but nobody stresses, and I cannot recommend it any more highly as a world class nature destination. The people are great and very friendly, the country is safe, the food is good, the beer is cold, the landscapes are stunning, the wildlife viewing is excellent, and the photographic opportunities wonderful. We saw close to 300 bird species in 10 days. I can also highly recommend Birding and Educational Tours if you are planning a trip- they will take care of everything and make sure your trip is perfect. Claudien is excellent and our driver Alex was a wonderful driver and pleasure to be around. Go to Rwanda now! and don't hesitate to use Birding and Educational Tours to plan your trip. You won't regret it.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Stefan wrote a review Apr 2021
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Our 11 days adventure to Rwanda (Volcanoes NP, Nyungwe NP and Bugesera) during the Easter break was absolutely fantastic. Everything in this country was extremely well organized, be it PCR tests or primates tracking, and exceptionally clean. Claudien did a great job setting up our birding trip, patiently adopting to last minute changes and making sure we would be able to make most of the short time. In summary, primates galore and from the bird targets we only missed out on Kivu Ground-Thrush and Papyrus Flycatcher. All of the possible Albertine Rift endemics (i.e. except Rockefeller's Sunbird, Shelley's Crimsonwing, Albertine Owlet) were mostly seen well and many photographed. The four days in Nyungwe were truly magic. Even though we travelled in the rainy season, the weather did not bother us too much and on most days we had just the one or two occasional heavy shower. Actually, the best day in Nyungwe was the most rainy one, with so much activity during the rain breaks, it was simply amazing. The two days in Umusambi Village and Bugesera provided superb photo opportunites and Claudien managed to find us almost all of the species in the wish list. Claudien is well versed and considerate, also give the tought time of the pandemic. We would definitely recommend him for birding, or other nature and cultural tours.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Andy A wrote a review Sep 2019
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Our trip went very well, we were met at the airport and transported between sites efficiently. Vehicles were of the appropriate type and comfortable with an extremely competent driver. Accomodations were adequate to very good and the guiding on this dedicated birdwatching trip, was excellent. We saw a very good percentage of the sought after 'Albertine Rift endemics' which would not have been possible without 'Claver Ntoyinkima who, turned out to be one of the best guides I've had, anywhere in the World. Claver also had expert knowledge of plants and mammals and speaks excellent English. Thanks for a great trip guys.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Rino F wrote a review Aug 2019
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I had a great time photographing birds with Claudien. I wouldn't call myself a birder but I do enjoy bird photography. Claudien taught me so much about the eco system. I had no idea the diversity of birds that Rwanda has. If you are into birding or bird photography, I highly recommend going with Claudien. I look forward to returning to Rwanda one day and doing more bird photography.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Sheila T wrote a review Aug 2019
Kampala, Uganda39 contributions5 helpful votes
Fantastic day of birding in Akagera having been collected from our hotel in Kayonza. We had a literal bush full of birds as soon as we got through the first gate, including a Martial Eagle which is not commonly seen here we were told. By the end of the day - in which the afternoon was mostly looking for plains animals - we had seen over 100 species (108); a good day's total and including Crested Barbet, very many Spot flanked, though not Red faced on this trip. Alex, who was driving, also has very sharp eyes and this helped a lot. We also saw Crested Francolin, not common here, though familiar to us from Uganda, as well as Coqui on the road out to the north. No lifers for me but a good day and Claudien was an excellent guide and then took us safely back to Kigali.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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