Destination Kivu Belt

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
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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