Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Kivu Rushel Lodge

Curious about bird watching? Discover more than 55 species in our  garden.

Rushel Kivu Lodge is located on the shores of the calm and pristine Lake Kivu and in the heart of Rwanda’s coffee paradise, Kinunu.

With its vast lush garden and variety of trees, Rushel Kivu Lodge attracts a diverse birdlife. To date, 55 bird species have been recorded in our garden.

You will likely spot beautiful local bird species on our guided birding tour, such as the Red-faced Crombec, Cardinal Woodpecker, and the Fawn-breasted Waxbill. Lake Kivu is a migratory destination for shorebirds like Grey-headed Gull (a Palearctic migrant), making the Lodge ideal for birders.

While here, you can also experience the Rwandan culture and support the local communities by participating in community-based tourism activities, such as traditional farming, cooking local food, traditional dances.

The Lodge is close to the Gishwati National Park, where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be easily spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzee tracking.

In three 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. 

Bird List

African Dusky Flycatcher
African Harrier-hawk
African Paradise Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Thrush
Arrow-marked Babbler
Barn Swallow
Black Saw-wing
Baglafecht Weaver
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Black-headed Heron
Blue-spotted Wood Dove
Bronze Mannikin
Cardinal Woodpecker
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Great Cormorant
Grey-headed Gull
Hadada Ibis
Holub’s golden Weaver
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Little Swift
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Palm-nut Vulture
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Whydah
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Cuckoo
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-faced Crombec
Semi-collared Flycatcher
Red-nacked Flancolin
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throated Wryneck
Ring-necked Dove 
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Speckled Mousebird
Speckled Pigeon
Spectacled Weaver
Spot-flanked Barbet
Spur-winged Lapwing 
Tambourine Dove
Thick-billed Seed-eater
Trilling Cisticola
Tropical Boubou
Vieillot’s Black Weaver
White-browed Coucal
White-browed Robin-chat
Woodland Kingfisher
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-throated Greenbul


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