Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Ken Barham Guest House

Located very close to the western exit of the Nyungwe National Park, the Ken Barham Guest House, also known as EAR Guest House, is a simple, budget-friendly accommodation with a beautiful garden that hosts more than 40 different bird species.

Our garden is frequently visited by stunning birds like the Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill Ross’s Turaco, African Dusky Flycatcher, and Fawn-breasted Waxbill.

Due to its prime location, you can easily access the Nyungwe National Park and hike to the Ndambarare Water-fall and birding trails. Likewise, you can also visit the Cyamudongo forest, which is only an hour’s drive from the guest house. 

You can drive to Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s biggest Lake, from the guest house in less than an hour. 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 (Western) Citril
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Green-Pigeon
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Pied Crow
African Pied Wagtail
African Common Stonechat
African Thrush
African Yellow White-eye
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecht Weaver
Barn Swallow
Black Saw-wing
Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
Black-crowned Waxbill
Brimstone Canary
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Chubb’s Cisticola
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Common Kestrel
Crowned Hornbill
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Green-backed (Gray-backed) Camaroptera
Green-headed Sunbird
Lesser Striped Swallow
Little Sparrowhawk
Long-crested Eagle
Mackinnon’s Fiscal
Northern Double-collared Sunbird
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Northern Puffback
Olive Sunbird
Red-rumped Swallow
Ross’s Turaco
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Thick-billed Seedeater
Variable Sunbird
White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
White-naped Raven
Yellow-billed Kite


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