Where to go Birding in Rwanda
Birding in Rwanda is one of the most adventurous moments enjoyed by tourists alongside Gorilla trekking and culture tours in and around the country’s city, Kigali. Rwanda knows as “The Birders Paradise” shelters over 703 species of bird species in its respective destinations. The fact that 10% of Rwanda is covered by wetland and marshes implicates it definitely shelters a great number of water birds besides the endemic species of birds that roam freely in its atmosphere.
The best birding adventures for mountainous and rich forest birds like sunbirds and wavers usually commence in the morning from 6:00 am till 11:30 am then from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm for savannah wetland – marshes birds. During such planned hours, chances are high you are going to spot the birds you had on your list hence, a huge recommendation.
Below are major birding spots in Rwanda;
Kigali has great Urban Birding, hotel gardens often hold interesting bird species and Nyarutarama Lake has abundance is scores of bird species. Some of these birds include; water birds like knobs billed duck, white-faced whistling duck, yellow-billed stork, sacred ibis, and the hadada ibis.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is a tropical mountain rainforest and lies on the south-western slopes of the highland region. This thick forest harbors over 310 bird species among including the Grauer’s swamp warbler, a very rare species that can only be sighted in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Uganda and not anywhere else in the world. Other species of birdlife include the great blue turaco, regal sunbird, endemic species like the Cape wagtail, African saw-wing, White-necked Raven, Rwenzori turaco, handsome francolin among others.
Rugezi March is an exciting birding spot that sits of approximately 6,735 hectares, it shelters an estimate of about 43 bird species these include; the papyrus genolek, papyrus yellow walber, grauners swap warbler and thick-billed seedeater.
Akagera National Park is another birds paradise, it lies in the north-east province of Rwanda just within the wetland and savanna with 9 lakes. Akagera is one of the seven prime birding areas of Rwanda harboring about 500 species of birdlife with four endemic species including the red-faced barbet, red collared mountain babbler, purple breasted sunbird, and the ancient shoebill.
Volcanoes National Park has long been a prime spot for birders in Rwanda however is commonly known for its huge population of Mountain Gorillas. Some of the bird species found in this park include the Rwenzori turaco, Grauer’s rush warbler – a vulnerable local bird species commonly sighted in the swamps, the handsome francolin, the Archer’s ground robin, the red-faced woodland warbler, the dusky crimson-wing, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, the collared apalis, the Rwenzori batis as well as the strange weaver plus a lot more other.