With us you will gain a rich experience in Birding, Game Driving, Wildlife, Culture and History of Rwanda, the Great Lakes and East African region.
- Gorilla tracking services
- Other Primate tracking: Golden Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkey and Chimpanzees
- Bird watching trips with experienced bird guides
- Weekend awareness birding
- Car hiring services
- Tours around the country (Rwanda), Great Lakes and East Africa region
- Airport transfers
- Souvenir shop visits (wildlife postcards and crafts)
- Hotel and Accommodation booking services (reservation).
- Education tours for all categories, students from primary schools to universities
- Birding materials shop (binoculars, field guides, etc.)
- Cultural and historical tours
We arrange your tourism tours in Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (Eastern), Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. We offer the comfortable transport to different attractions in Rwanda and beyond. We do help our clients in itinerary designing, selection of the best attractions, costing and ensure you have ever lasting memories for the country through our dedicated services.
Training in bird guiding and research
Birding and Educational Tours LTD is aiming at promoting avi-tourism, raising the birding awareness and ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and development in Rwanda trough the professional tourism based on searched information.
We promote professional tourism by training Park Tourist Guides and members of birding clubs in Bird Identification (Basic and advanced skills), itinerary designing, costing safaris and environmental ethics. We also promote the community awareness on bird conservation and we train environmental school teachers in basic skills in ornithology, work with them to create environmental clubs in their schools and set up basic common bird monitoring activities around their schools.
Car hiring services
We offer car rental and hiring services with professional drivers speaking French, English and Swahili. In case needed and agreed, we provide ours cars without a driver and you drive yourself only inside Rwanda! Our cars range from Saloons, 4 x 4 jeeps, Vans and mini buses and we arrange bus transportation for the big groups and students.
The future of natural resources is based in the education of the present generations. We facilitate the educational tours in the National Parks and other attractions (wetlands, historical sites, etc.) in Rwanda and with our collaborators in the region we arrange the visit to the tourism attractions of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi and put you in touch with the regional Wildlife Clubs. Through the field trips, pictures, movies and films on the wildlife we allow the students (and their teachers) and members of institutions to enjoy the beauty of the nature, observe the challenge it is facing and the role they can play to adapt (and stop) the effects. For the Primary and Secondary schools, we make a reasonable discount to raise the awareness of young generations and encourage them to love the nature at the earlier ages.
Weekend recreational birding
Birding and Educational Tours LTD organizes the special weekend walks (Saturday and Sunday) around Kigali city and out of the city (if members wish) with the purpose of bird-watching and exploration of Kigali City. Citizens, members of diplomats, students, Visitors to Rwanda, etc are most welcome to this guided walk.
Airport transfers and Souvenirs shop
Birding and Educational Tours LTD arranges your airport pick-ups and transfers. When you arrive at the airport, you are warmly received by our driver-guides who drive you to the hotel and. The driver will also be at your disposal for tours, shopping souvenirs and by the end of the tour you are transferred to the airport.
Hotels, Restaurants and Accommodation services
For our clients from abroad, we connects you with hotels services providers in Rwanda and help you to find information on hotel of your choice. In Rwanda we have different categories of hotels and guest houses and you can find camp site inside the park or in hotels garden, click here for more details on hotels in Rwanda. We also take you to the Restaurants of your choice. Rwanda boasts numerous international restaurants, from Italian and French to Indian and Chinese. Most towns have hotels offering western meals with a Belgian influence (Africa’s best chips) and there are innumerable Rwandan restaurants serving local favourites such as goat kebabs, grilled tilapia (lake fish), ugali (stiff maize porridge), matoke (cooked banana), bean or meat stews and chapatti (flat bread). Wash it all down with local lager, banana beer or urwagwa (banana wine) and other bowered locally beers like Primus, Mutziig, Turbo king, etc.
Purchase of permits for tourism attractions (Gorillas, Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzees) Gorillas permits
The gorilla permits may be pre-booked with Rwanda Development Board, Tourism and Conservation Department (ex-ORTPN). There is a high demand during the high seasons, July-August and November-January. There are two ways of booking and buying a gorilla permit: You can book and buy all gorilla permits using your smart (check RDB website) or we can facilitate a direct physical purchase from the reservation offices of Rwanda Development Board/Tourism and Conservation Department. Permits as of July 31st 2007 are US$500 and it will be increased at 750$ starting with June 2012. A permit can be bought in advance (1 year before) or immediately on the arrival. PS: There for the on spot tickets it is better to book and buy permits in advance, especially in the high season of tourism in the region.
RDB shall refund the full tracking fee, if the visitor fails to track due to illness, this will be at recommendation of the Tourism Warden.
Visitors who have tracked the whole day and failed to view the gorillas for one reason or another will be refunded 75% of the tracking fee.
The tracking starts at 7:00 a.m. with guides briefing and the returning time depends on where is the Gorilla family you visit.
Golden Monkey and Chimpanzees and other permits
As the gorillas permits the visit to Golden Monkeys, Birding, Volcanoes Climbing and Chimpanzees permits are arranged after the Rwanda Development Board/Tourism and Conservation department. Fortunately, the permits are not at a highly demand as for Gorilla permit but again better to book in advance, you never know!
Bird watching trips with experienced bird guides
Rwanda is a home for approximately 700 bird species identified in different types of habitat. There is no pure endemic bird to Rwanda but we have 27 bird species out of 44 endemic birds to the Albertine Rift region all these can be easily seen in Nyungwe National Park. Considering the size of the country, Rwanda has the highest concentration of bird species in Africa. The avi-tourism potential has been over shadowed by the gorilla tourism dominance, lack of professional birding guides. Birding and Educational Tours LTD solved the issue of professionalism in bird guiding and is helping in raising birding awareness and avitourism publication.
The main birding sites in Rwanda include 7 important bird Areas:
- Nyungwe National Park more than 250 species including 27 Endemic to the Albertine Rift Region
- Akagera National Park more than 525 bird species including the rare Shoebill Stork and big number of migratory species
- Volcanoes National Parks more than 150 Bird species with 15 endemic species to the Albertine Rift region
- Mukura and Gishwati Forests, s
- Rugezi Marsh more than 100 specie where the rare and endangered Grauer’s Swamp Walber can be easily seen,
- Nyabarongo and Akanyaru wetlands with waterbird and Papyrus dependent species including Papyrus Gonolek, Madagascar pond Heron, etc..
- Buhanga ecoPark: a small forest with a 31ha but hosts more than 100 species and is a stopover for the rare African Pitta.
The common and migratory bird species can also be sighted around Kigali City Park in Kigali where a short birding trip is organised with people with limited time in Kigali.
Birding and Educational Tours LTD will take you to these and other sites and assist you in birding and provide birding materials when needed. For bird lists and other birding sites in Rwanda and in the region visit African Bird Club.
Cultural and historical tours
Rwanda is a nation of sophisticated cultural and artistic history. Rwanda swirls instinctively to centuries-old rhythms of drums, song, dancing and oral poetry. Music is ubiquitous. We take you in villages where you can find spontaneous traditional performances or make a date with the Intore Dance Troupe, founded several centuries ago to entertain the royal court. The Intore are a dramatic spectacle, far removed from the often-lame tribal dancing offered to tourists in other parts of Africa. You can also share the memorable experiences with local communities like preparation of local beers, share local dishes, entertain with local dancers, traditional marriage and buy local handcrafts.
The pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial period history can also be learnt from the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. At the Museum you can also have other services like traditional dancing, drum orchestra, etc. Rwanda is the one of the countries where genocide has cast a dark shadow over human lives. We let you get all the information on the genocide history from the Kigali Memorial Centre. The Center contains a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and an exhibition of other genocides around the world. The Kigali Memorial Centre was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried and is in 10 min drive from the Kigali City Center, Visit the Center here.
Birding materials shop (binoculars, field guides, etc.)
You can buy in our boutique birding (and other wildlife) materials and Birding and Educational Tours LTD souvenirs. We have:
- Pairs of binoculars
- Field guides for Birds of East Africa
- Raptors of the World
- Field guides for Mammals
- Field guides for Pant identification
- Cards with wildlife (birds and other animals)
- Detailed Maps of Rwanda and East Africa
- T-shirts and caps
PS: Materials like Camping materials, Telescopes, Field cooking materials, sound equipments, rain coats can be obtained by order.
The future of natural resources is based in the education of the present generations. We facilitate the educational tours in the National Parks and other attractions in Rwanda and with our collaborators in the region we arrange the visit to the tourism attractions of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi and put you in touch with the regional Wildlife Clubs. Through the field trips, pictures, movies and films on the wildlife we allow the students (and their teachers) and members of institutions to enjoy the beauty of the nature, observe the challenge it is facing and the role they can play to adapt (and stop) the effects.
PS: For the Primary and Secondary schools, we make a reasonable discount to raise the awareness of young generations and encourage them to love the nature at the earlier ages.
Weekend sport and recreational birding
Birding and Educational Tours LTD organizes the special weekend walks (Saturday and Sunday) around Kigali city and out of the city (if members wish) with the purpose of bird-watching and exploration of Kigali City. Citizens, members of diplomats, students, etc are most welcome to this guided walk.