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Birding at Moriah Hill

09/30/2021 11:43

Birding at Moriah Hill

Moriah Hills Resort is perfectly located on the shores of Lake Kivu within walking distance from Karongi Town. The Resort has a big, lush garden that offers a quiet and calm place for birding and relaxing. The garden comprises exotic and native trees that provide refuge to spectacular bird species, including Spotted Flycatcher, Red-faced Crombec, Black-crowned Waxbill, amongst many others.

You can take a boat to explore the numerous islands on the Lake, including Napoleon’s Island, where you can spot birds like the Red-capped Robin-chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, a large number of Fruit Bats and other aquatic species.

The Resort is one hour away from the Gishwati-Mukura National Park, where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzees.

It is two hours from the Nyungwe National Park, home to more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Resort.

Bird List

African (Western) Citril
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Palm Swift
African Thrush
Arrow-marked Babbler
Baglafecht Weaver
Black-crowned Waxbill
Blue-spotted Wood Dove
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Common Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Double-toothed Barbet
Fawny-breasted Waxbill
Green-backed (Grey-backed) Camaroptera
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Little Bee-eater
Malachite Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-checked Cordon-blue
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-faced Crombec
Ring-necked Dove
Speckled Mousebird
Spectackled Weaver
Spotted Flycatcher
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robinchat
Willow Warbler
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Moriah Hill

Birding at Maison St. Benoit

09/30/2021 11:39

Birding at Maison St. Benoit

Seven km from Rubavu (Gisenyi) town lies the Maison Saint Benoit in a quiet location with a big, lush garden comprising native trees and an excellent view of the Lake.

Our garden attracts a diverse birdlife. To date, we have 46 bird species recorded in our garden, amongst them the Yellow-fronted Canary, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Grey-backed Camaroptera and fisher birds such as the Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, and the  Great Cormorant.

We also offer other activities, such as hiking to Mount Rubavu,  from where you can have an amazing view of Gisenyi town, the airport and the stadium, Goma town in DRC, and Lake Kivu at the same time. Also, within 20 minutes, you can participate in the farm-to-cup tea processing experience offered by Pfunda Tea Factory.

From the Lodge, you can drive to the Gishwati-Mukura National Park in under an hour. The Park is home to more than 100 bird species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics. You can also drive to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the famous Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey and other natural attractions, within an hour.

In four hours, you can visit the Nyungwe National Park, which hosts more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Lodge.

Bird List

African Fish Eagle
African Green Pigeon
African Palm Swift
African Pied Wagtail
Arrow-marked Babbler
Baglafecht Weaver
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Bronze Mannikin
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Double-toothed Barbet
Great Cormorant
Grey Woodpecker
Grey-caped Warbler
Hamerkop
House Sparrow
Lesser Swamp Warbler
Lesser-stripped Swallow
Little Bee-eater
Little Swift
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Whydah
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-faced Crombec
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throted Wryneck
Rock Martin
Sacred Ibis
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Speckled Mousebird
Swamp Flycatcher
Tawny-franked Prinia
Tropical Boubou
White-browed Robinchat
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
White-headed Sawwing
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Willow Warbler
Woodland Kingfisher
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Maison St. Benoit

Birding at La Bella Resort

09/30/2021 11:36

Birding at La Bella Resort

Situated around 7km from Gisenyi town, La Bella Resort is a peaceful and quiet resort with a private beach, camping and birdwatching facilities, and a beautiful green garden with native Acacia and Ficus trees.

To date, 41 bird species have been recorded in our garden, like the Yellow-billed Kite and Bronze Sunbird, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Thick-billed Seed-eater, and fisher birds like the Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, Great Cormorant and several species of Weavers.

We also offer other activities, such as hiking to Mount Rubavu,  from where you can have an amazing view of Gisenyi town, the airport and the stadium, Goma town in DRC, and Lake Kivu at the same time. Also, within 20 minutes, you can participate in the farm-to-cup tea processing experience offered by Pfunda Tea Factory.

From the Lodge, you can drive to the Gishwati-Mukura National Park in under an hour. The Park is home to more than 100 bird species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics. You can also drive to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the famous Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey and other natural attractions, within an hour.

In four hours, you can visit the Nyungwe National Park, which hosts more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find at La Bella.

Bird List

African Palm Swift
African Paradize Flycatcher
African Pied Crow
African Pygmy Kingfisher
African Thrush
Arrow-marked Babbler
Baglafecht Weaver
Black Saw-wing
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Blue-spotted Wood Dove
Bronze Mannikin
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Common Sandpiper
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Great Cormorant
Green-backed (Grey-backed) Camaroptera
Green-headed Sunbird
Grey-capped Warbler
Hammerkop
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Lesser-Striped Swallow
Long-tailed Cormorant
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-rumped Swallow
Ring-necked Dove
Rock Martin
Sacred Ibis
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Thick-billed Seed-eater
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robinchat
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, La Bella Guest House

Birding at Kivu Serena Hotel

09/30/2021 11:33

Birding at Kivu Serena Hotel

You can now enjoy birdwatching in our lush garden that expands to the shores of the pristine and calm Lake Kivu.

To date, 40 diverse species of birds are recorded in our garden, such as the Lesser Honeyguide, Double-toothed Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Common Sandpiper, Great Cormorants, Pygmy and the Malachite Kingfishers.

We are a birder-friendly accommodation, and we ensure that our birding guests have the best possible birding experience.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Bird List

African Paradise Flycatcher
African Pied Crow
African Pied Wagtail
African Pygmy Kingfisher
African Thrush
Baglafecht Weaver
Black-crowned Waxbill
Black-headed Heron
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Cardinal Woodpecker
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Double-toothed Barbet
Great Cormorant
Green-backed (Gray-backed) Camaroptera
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Hooded Vulture
Lesser Honeyguide
Little Swift
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Wydah
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-eyed Dove
Sacred Ibis
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Swamp Flycatcher
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
White-naped Raven
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Birding at Kivu Lodge

09/30/2021 11:30

Birding at Kivu Lodge

Situated on a peninsula in Karongi district, Kivu Lodge has an ideal location perfect for birders, surrounded by a lush garden and the calm and quiet waters of Lake Kivu.

To date, 48 bird species have been recorded in our garden, including the Malachite and Pygmy Kingfishers. With its natural habitat and the shores of Lake Kivu, the Lodge is a migratory route of Palearctic species, such as the Willow Warbler and Barn Swallow.

We are within an hour’s drive from the Nyungwe National Park, which hosts more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Lodge.

Bird List

African Darter
African Firefinch
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Pied Crow
African Pied Wagtail
African Pygmy Kingfisher
African Reed Warbler
African Common Stonechat
African Thrush
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecht Weaver
Barn Swallow
Black Crake
Black Sawwing
Black-crowned Tchagra
Black-headed Heron
Black-lored Babbler
Broad-billed Roller
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Cape Wagtail
Chin-spotted Batis
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Common Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Copper Sunbird
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
European Bee-eater
Familiar Chat
Fan-tailed Widow-bird
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Great Cormorant
Grey-capped Warbler
Great Sparrowhawk
Grosbeak Weaver
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Holub’s Golden-Weaver
Lesser-stripped Swallow
Little Bee-eater
Long-tailed Cormorant
Malachite Kingfisher
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Wydah
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-faced Crombec
Red-rumped Swallow
Ring-necked  Dove
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Southern Red Bishop
Speckled Mousebird
Streaky Seedeater
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
Vieillot’s Black Weaver
White-browed Coucal
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Willow Warbler
Yellow Bishop
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Kivu Lodge

Birding at Kinunu Guest House

09/30/2021 11:27

Birding at Kinunu Guest House

Situated in a quiet location in Rutsiro district, Kinunu Wonders Ltd. Guest House has an alluring view of Lake Kivu and a unique landscape. At Kinunu, you can enjoy birding and take pleasure in community-based tourism activities.

In our green garden and coffee and banana farm, you can easily spot Scarlet-chested and Bronze Sunbirds, Tambourine Dove, Red-chested Cuckoo and different species of Weavers. When relaxing on the shores of the Lake, you can spot the Great Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers.

Besides birdwatching, we also offer a coffee processing experience. Hence, birders can familiarise themselves with birds of high altitudes and Lake Kivu’s shores and enjoy the farm-to-cup coffee processing experiences in one place.

Kinunu is less than an hour away from the Gishwati National Park, where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzees.

It is three hours from the Nyungwe National Park, home to more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find at Kinunu Guest House.

Bird List

African Dusky Flycatcher
African Paradise Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Trush
African (Western) Citril
Augur Buzzard
Bat Hawk
Black Saw-wing
Black-crowned Waxbill
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Blue-spotted Wood Dove
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-throated Wattle -eye
Cape Wagtail
Cardinal Woodpecker
Chubb’s Cisticola
Common Waxbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Great Cormorant
Hamerkop
Intermediate Egret
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Coockou
Ring-necked Dove
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Spot-flanked Barbet
Streaky Seedeater
Tambourine Dove
Tropical Boubou
Vieiollot’s Black Weaver
White-browed Robinchat
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Kinunu Guest House

Birding at Ken Barham Guest House

09/30/2021 11:23

Birding at Ken Barham Guest House

Located very close to the western exit of the Nyungwe National Park, the Ken Barham Guest House, also known as EAR Guest House, is a simple, budget-friendly accommodation with a beautiful garden that hosts more than 40 different bird species.

Our garden is frequently visited by stunning birds like the Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill Ross’s Turaco, African Dusky Flycatcher, and Fawn-breasted Waxbill.

Due to its prime location, you can easily access the Nyungwe National Park and hike to the Ndambarare Water-fall and birding trails. Likewise, you can also visit the Cyamudongo forest, which is only an hour’s drive from the guest house. 

You can drive to Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s biggest Lake, from the guest house in less than an hour. Here you can relax and spot waders and waterbird species, such as the Common Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Hotel.

Bird List

African (Western) Citril
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Green-Pigeon
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Pied Crow
African Pied Wagtail
African Common Stonechat
African Thrush
African Yellow White-eye
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecht Weaver
Barn Swallow
Black Saw-wing
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Black-crowned Waxbill
Brimstone Canary
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Chubb’s Cisticola
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Common Kestrel
Crowned Hornbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Green-backed (Gray-backed) Camaroptera
Green-headed Sunbird
Lesser Striped Swallow
Little Sparrowhawk
Long-crested Eagle
Mackinnon’s Fiscal
Northern Double-collared Sunbird
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Northern Puffback
Olive Sunbird
Red-rumped Swallow
Ross’s Turaco
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Thick-billed Seedeater
Variable Sunbird
White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
White-naped Raven
Yellow-billed Kite

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Ken Barham Guest House

Birding at Ishara Beach Motel

09/30/2021 11:19

Birding at Ishara Beach Motel

Beautifully situated on a hill overlooking Lake Kivu, the Ishara Beach Motel is 5km from the Nyamasheke District headquarters.

Surrounded by natural vegetation and a community farm, our Motel also has a huge garden and a sand beach where you can easily spot the fabulous Ross’s Turaco. This calm environment attracts water birds like the African Jacana, Black Crake, and the Common Sandpiper. To date, 82 bird species have been recorded in our garden, including the fabulous Double-toothed Barbet and Grey-caped Warbler.

At your request, we can organise a boat to discover Lake Kivu where you can also spot fisher birds such as the Yellow-billed Duck and Woodland Kingfisher.

The Motel is within an hour from the northern side of Nyungwe National Park (Gisovu side), home to more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find at Rwiza Village

Bird List

African Common Stonechat
African Jacana
African Moustached Warbler
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Spoonbill
African Thrush
African Yellow White-eye
Arrow-marked Babbler
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecht Weaver
Black Crake
Black-and-white Mannikin
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Black-headed Heron
Blue-headed Coucal
Brimstone Canary
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Cape Wagtail
Cardinal Woodpecker
Cattle Egret
Chubb’s Cisticola
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Collared Sunbird
Common Sandpiper
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
European Bee-eater
Fan-tailed Widowbird
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Great Cormorant
Green-backed (Gray-backed) Camaroptera
Green-headed Sunbird
Grey Heron
Grey-capped Warbler
Grey-headed Gull
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Holub’s Golden-Weaver
Lesser Moorhen
Lesser Striped Swallow
Little Egret
Little Stint
Long-tailed Cormorant
Malachite Kingfisher
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Olive-bellied Sunbird
Pale Flycatcher
Palm-nut Vulture
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Whydah
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-knobbed Coot
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throated Wryneck
Ring-necked Dove
Ross’s Turaco
Sacred Ibis
Scaly Francolin
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Slender-billed Weaver
Southern Red Bishop
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Streaky Seedeater
Swamp Flycatcher
Three-banded Plover
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
Western Yellow Wagtail
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
Wire-tailed Swallow
Yellow-billed Duck
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Birding in Africa
Birding in Lake Kivu

Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, one of the African great lakes is one of the best birding spots in Africa. The Albertine Rift Valley has 37 endemic birds

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Ishara Beach Motel

Birding at Home St. Jean

09/30/2021 11:16

Birding at Home St. Jean

Home Saint-Jean is ideally located within walking distance from central Kibuye Town. Situated on a hilltop, you can have a  270-degree view of Lake Kivu.

The Hotel is calm and quiet with a big garden, perfect for birders. To date, 43 bird species have been recorded in our garden, including the beautiful Common (Eurasian) Kestrel, the Palearctic migrant African Golden Oriole and several fishing birds such as the Great Cormorant and the Pied Kingfisher. You can take a boat to the various islands of Lake Kivu for hiking and birding from the Hotel, where you can easily spot the Brown-throated Wattle-eye

Home Saint-Jean is one hour’s drive from the Gishwati-Mukura National Park (Mukura side) and two hours from the Nyungwe National Park. These parks are montane forests with more than 200 bird species and hosts the Albertine Rift endemic birds.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Hotel.

Bird List

African Golden Oriole
African Hobby
African Mourning Dove
African Palm Swift
African Pied Wagtail
Arrow-marked Babbler
Augur Buzzard
Black-and-White Mannikin
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Bronze Mannikin
Chubb’s Cisticola
Common Kestrel
Common Waxbill
Copper Sunbird
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Eurasian Golden Oriole
European Bee Eater
Great Cormorant
Green-backed (Grey-backed) Camaroptera
Grey-caped Wabbler
Hamerkop
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Little Bee Eater
Little Swift
Lizzard Buzzard
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Cuckoo
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-necked Flancolin
Red-rumped Swallow
Ring-necked Dove
Sacred Ibis
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Speckled Mousebird
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Waxbill
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Ibere rya Bigogwe
Ibere Rya Bigogwe

Ibere rya Bigogwe is an area with green rolling hills with cows where visitors experience traditional Rwandan life, hike and enjoy the views.

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Home St. Jean

Birding at Hakuna Matata Lodge

09/30/2021 11:12

Birding at Hakuna Matata Lodge

Hakuna Matata is perfectly located on the shores of Lake Kivu in Rubavu town and has a  private beach and a big lush garden that offers a quiet and calm place for birding and relaxing.

The beautiful garden attracts different bird species, and to date, 31 species have been recorded. Amongst them are the Hamerkop, White-browed Coucal, and Scarlet-chested Sunbird. The Lodge also offers boat tours, and you can spot fisher birds, such as the Pied and Malachite Kingfishers and the Great Cormorant.

We also offer other activities, such as hiking to Mount Rubavu,  from where you can have an amazing view of Gisenyi town, the airport and the stadium, Goma town in DRC, and Lake Kivu at the same time. Also, within 20 minutes you can participate in the farm-to-cup tea processing experience offered by Pfunda Tea Factory.

From the Lodge, you can drive to the Gishwati-Mukura National Park in under an hour. The Park is home to more than 100 bird species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics. You can also drive to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the famous Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey and other natural attractions, within an hour.

In four hours, you can visit the Nyungwe National Park, which hosts more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Lodge.

Bird List

African Fish Eagle
African Harrier Hawk
African Pied Wagtail
Arrow-marked Warbler
Black-crowned Waxbill
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Black-headed Heron
Brimstone Canary
Bronze Mannikin
Chubb’s Cisticola
Common Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Great Cormorant
Grey-caped Warbler
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Long-tailed Cormorant
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-rumped Swallow
Ring-necked Dove
Rock Martin
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Speckled Mousebird
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Coucal
White-browed Robinchat
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Hakuna Matata Lodge

Birding at Gisakura Guest House

09/30/2021 11:09

Birding at Gisakura Guest House

The Gisakura Guest House lies close to the western exit of the Nyungwe National Park. We are a budget-friendly accommodation with services that is a real value for money.

Surrounded by mahogany trees and a lush garden, we have at least 66 identified bird species in our garden. Amongst them are the Albertine Rift endemics, including the Northern Double-collared and Regal Sunbird.

From Gisakura, you can easily walk to the reception of the Nyungwe National Park in 15 minutes and hike the birding trails of the forest and the Ndambarare Water-fall.  You can also enjoy tracking Chimpanzees in the Cyamudongo forest, an hour’s drive from the guest house.

In less than an hour from the guest house, you can drive to Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s biggest Lake. Here you can relax and spot waders and waterbird species, such as the Common Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Hotel.

Bird List

African Dusky Flycatcher
African Green-Pigeon
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Common Stonechat
African Pied Crow
African Thrush
African Wood-Owl 
African Yellow White-eye
Augur Buzzard
Bat Hawk
Black Cuckooshrike
Black-faced Rufous-Warbler
Black Saw-wing
Black-billed Weaver
Black-crowned Waxbill
Black-throated Apalis
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-capped Weaver
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Cabanis’s Greenbul
Chubb’s Cisticola
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Collared Sunbird
Crowned Hornbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Equatorial Akalat
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Green-backed (Gray-backed) Camaroptera
Green-headed Sunbird
Grey Apalis
Gray-headed Nigrita
Grey-capped Warbler
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Hadada Ibis
Klaas’s Cuckoo
Lesser Striped Swallow
Lühder’s Bushshrike
Mackinnon’s Fiscal
Malachite Sunbird
Mountain Illadopsis
Neumann’s Warbler
Northern Double-collared Sunbird
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Northern Puffback
Pin-tailed Whydah
Purple-breasted Sunbird
Red-capped Robin-Chat
Rwenzori Apalis
Rwenzori Batis
Sifling (Short Winged) Cisticola
Slender-Bellied Starling
Slender-billed Greenbul
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat
Streaky Seedeater
Stuhlmann’s Starling
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Variable Sunbird
Verreaux’s eagle-owl
Waller’s Starling
White-browed Crombec
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-chinned Prinia
White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Yellow-whiskered Greenbul

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Birding in Africa
Birding in Lake Kivu

Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, one of the African great lakes is one of the best birding spots in Africa. The Albertine Rift Valley has 37 endemic birds

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Gisakura Guest House

Birding at Emeraude Kivu Resort

09/30/2021 11:04

Birding at Emeraude Kivu Resort

Emeraude Kivu Resort is located in Rusizi town (former Cyangugu), in close proximity to both the Kamembe airport and the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Resort is adjacent to Lake Kivu and close to several islands.

We have a vast lush garden with 40 birds species identified to date, including the rare Madagascar Squacco Heron and the Grey Parrot.

On a boat or kayak (organised by the Resort on request), you can visit the various islands and spot the Great Cormorant, Yellow-billed Duck and the Common Sandpiper.

The Resort is only 45 minutes away from the Nyungwe National Park, which hosts more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, and Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information.  

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Resort.

Bird List

African Harrier Hawk
African Pied Crow
Angola Swallow
Baglafecht Weaver
Barn Swallow
Black Saw-wing
Blue-headed Coucal
Cattle Egret
Chubb’s Cisticola
Common Sandpiper
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Garden Warbler
Great Cormorant
Grey Parrot
Grey-backed Camaroptera
Grey-caped Warbler
Hamerkop
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Long-tailed Cormorant
Madagascar Squacco Heron
Malachite Kingfisher
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Olive Thrush
Palm-nut Vulture
Pied Kingfisher
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Ross’s Turaco
Speckled Mousebird
Swamp Flycatcher
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-winged Tern
Willow Warbler
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-throated Green Bull

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Birding at DaVinci Lodge

09/30/2021 11:01

Birding at DaVinci Lodge

Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge is situated in an ideal prime location in Kinigi, Musanze District. We are within a 20-minutes driving distance to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey, various bird species and other natural attractions.

Our garden has more than 30 birds recorded to date, including the Black-crowned Waxbill and the Red-billed Firefinch. You can also find additional species in the surrounding farmlands, including the Streaky Seed-eater and the Holub’s Golden Weaver.

From our Lodge, you can drive to the Twin-Lakes within 40 minutes and to the Rugezi Marsh in 1.5 hours, home to the White-winged Swamp Warbler and the endangered Grauer’s Swamp Warbler.

Also, within two hours, you can reach the Gishwati-Mukura National Park, where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be easily spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find at Rwiza Village.

Bird List

African Paradise Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Thrush
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecth Weaver
Black Saw-wing
Black-crowned Waxbill
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Cape Wagtail
Chubb’s Cisticola
Common Waxbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Hadada Ibis
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Hooded Vulture
Northen Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Crow
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Streaky Seedeater
Tawny Eagle
Variable Sunbird
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
Yellow-billed Kite

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Birding in Africa
Birding in Lake Kivu

Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, one of the African great lakes is one of the best birding spots in Africa. The Albertine Rift Valley has 37 endemic birds

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Categories:Birder friendly accommodation, Da Vinci Lodge

Birding at Cormoran Lodge

09/30/2021 10:55

Birding at Cormoran Lodge

Cormoran Lodge is located right on the shores of Lake Kivu in Kibuye. It has a beautiful garden comprising native and exotic flowering trees that attract Bronze Sunbirds, Speckled Mousebirds and many species of the Weaver family.

To date, 28 bird species have been recorded in our garden, including the fabulous Double-toothed Barbet, Woodland Kingfisher and the Grey-caped Warbler. On a motorboat or kayak (organised by the Lodge on request), you can cruise the Nyamunini Island, home to about 5,000 Fruit Bats and Intra-African Migrant birds, such as Common Sandpiper and Red-capped Robin-Chat. You can also spot beautiful fisher birds such as the Great Cormorant and the Pied Kingfisher.

Cormoran Lodge is an hour’s drive to the Gishwati-Mukura National Park, a recently restored national park and an important birding area comprising more than 100 bird species and home to the Albertine Rift endemics.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information.

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Lodge.

 

Bird List

African Common Stonechat
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Pygmy Kingfisher
African Thrush
Augur Buzzard
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Brimstone Canary
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Copper Sunbird
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Double-toothed Barbet
Great Cormorant
Grey-caped Warbler
Hollub’s Golden Weaver
Little Bee Eater
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Red-cheecked Cordon Bleu
Red-eyed Dove
Ring-necked Dove
Rock Martin
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Streacky Seedeater
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robinchat
White-tailed blue Flycatcher
Woodland Kingfisher
Yellow-billed Waxbill

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Birding at Bethany Hotel

09/30/2021 10:43

Birding at Bethany Hotel

The Bethany Hotel is perfectly located right on the shores of Lake Kivu, within 20 minutes walking distance from Karongi Town. The Hotel has a big lush garden that offers a quiet and calm place for birding and relaxing. The garden comprises exotic and native trees that provide refuge to spectacular bird species, including the Black-crowned Waxbill, Mountain Buzzard and the Palearctic migrant Willow Warbler.

You can take a boat to explore the numerous islands on the Lake, including Napoleon’s Island, where you can spot birds like the Common Sandpiper, Great Cormorant, Red-capped Robin-chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, a large number of Fruit Bats and other aquatic species.

The Resort is one hour away from the Gishwati-Mukura National Park, where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzees.

It is two hours from the Nyungwe National Park, home to more than 300 bird species, including 29 Albertine Rift endemics and the quasi-endemic Red-collared Mountain Babbler. The Park also offers other unique attractions, such as the Canopy walkway, waterfalls, hiking, Chimpanzee tracking.

We have trained and experienced birdwatching guides who can also offer other guiding experiences. Should you be interested, please contact our reception for more information. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find in our Resort.

Bird List

African Common Stonechat
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Palm Swift
African Pied Crow
Black-crowned Waxbill
Bronze Mannikin
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Common Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Familiar Chat
Grey-caped Warbler
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Hollub’s Golden Weaver
Little Bee-eater
Mountain Buzzard
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-eyed Dove
Red-ckecked Cordon Blue
Red-chested Sunbird
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robin-chat
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
White-tailed Blue-flycatcher
Willow Warbler
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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Categories:Bethany Hotel, Birder friendly accommodation

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