Destination Kivu Belt

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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