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While on a Rwanda safari, you can go bird watching within several places in the Kivu Belt.

Go Birding in Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park is a biodiverse tropical highland rainforest, harboring a rich variety of 322 avian species, 13 primate species, and numerous plant species that are unique to the area. Currently, a total of 29 avian species have been discovered in this location. The Red-collared Babbler is unquestionably the main highlight, and Rwanda is the one secure location to observe this remarkable avian species. Additional notable species include the Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Grauer’s Warbler, Regal, Blue-headed and Purple Breasted Sunbirds, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, and Neumann’s Warbler. These and other sights can be readily observed from a properly maintained system of paths with the assistance of the park’s knowledgeable bird experts.

Given additional time and a certain degree of serendipity, one may also have the opportunity to witness the Kungwe Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, and Willard’s Sooty Boubou. The Congo Bay Owl, Albertine Owlet, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, and Rockefeller’s Sunbird are among the most elusive bird species in Nyungwe. Although there have been reported sightings, they are rarely observed. Soon, night-walks will be offered, providing the opportunity to locate the park’s secretive nocturnal species.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park

The Gishwati-Mukura National Park is situated in the western region of Rwanda, specifically in the elevated areas above Lake Kivu. Rwanda’s most recent addition to its national park system, this park is currently the main area of emphasis for intensive efforts to restore and improve its condition. Gishwati forest boasts a diverse avian population, with a total of 232 species, whereas Mukura woodland is home to 163 species, including many Albertine Rift Endemics and specialized forest-dwelling birds. Upcoming tourism choices will be made available in the near future. Please revisit for further information.

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu provides a highly tranquil rest break on a bird-watching expedition and is not devoid of its notable attractions. The lake sustains a substantial population of White-breasted Cormorants, Pied Kingfishers, and migrating Osprey that engage in fishing activities. The lake coastlines of Rwanda, particularly in Karongi, Rubavu, and Rusizi, are habitats for a variety of terrestrial species. Additionally, the gardens of hotels in these areas provide opportunities for birdwatching. The Double-tooth Barbet is frequently observed in this area, along with other species such as the Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Familiar Chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, and Spot-flanked Barbet. The vicinity of Kinunu also provides excellent opportunities for observing a variety of bird species that are more frequently encountered.