Destination Kivu Belt

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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