Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Ishara Beach Motel

Beautifully situated on a hill overlooking Lake Kivu, the Ishara Beach Motel is 5km from the Nyamasheke District headquarters.

Surrounded by natural vegetation and a community farm, our Motel also has a huge garden and a sand beach where you can easily spot the fabulous Ross’s Turaco. This calm environment attracts water birds like the African Jacana, Black Crake, and the Common Sandpiper. To date, 82 bird species have been recorded in our garden, including the fabulous Double-toothed Barbet and Grey-caped Warbler.

At your request, we can organise a boat to discover Lake Kivu where you can also spot fisher birds such as the Yellow-billed Duck and Woodland Kingfisher.

The Motel is within an hour from the northern side of Nyungwe National Park (Gisovu side), home to 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. 

Our birdwatching checklist offers you a glimpse of the diverse species of birds you can find at Rwiza Village

Bird List

African Common Stonechat
African Jacana
African Moustached Warbler
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Pied Wagtail
African Spoonbill
African Thrush
African Yellow White-eye
Arrow-marked Babbler
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecht Weaver
Black Crake
Black-and-white Mannikin
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Black-headed Heron
Blue-headed Coucal
Brimstone Canary
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Cape Wagtail
Cardinal Woodpecker
Cattle Egret
Chubb’s Cisticola
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Collared Sunbird
Common Sandpiper
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
European Bee-eater
Fan-tailed Widowbird
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Great Cormorant
Green-backed (Gray-backed) Camaroptera
Green-headed Sunbird
Grey Heron
Grey-capped Warbler
Grey-headed Gull
Hadada Ibis
Hamerkop
Holub’s Golden-Weaver
Lesser Moorhen
Lesser Striped Swallow
Little Egret
Little Stint
Long-tailed Cormorant
Malachite Kingfisher
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Olive-bellied Sunbird
Pale Flycatcher
Palm-nut Vulture
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Whydah
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-knobbed Coot
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throated Wryneck
Ring-necked Dove
Ross’s Turaco
Sacred Ibis
Scaly Francolin
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Slender-billed Weaver
Southern Red Bishop
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Streaky Seedeater
Swamp Flycatcher
Three-banded Plover
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
Western Yellow Wagtail
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
Wire-tailed Swallow
Yellow-billed Duck
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul

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