Destination Kivu Belt

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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