Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Kivu Lodge

Situated on a peninsula in Karongi district, Kivu Lodge has an ideal location perfect for birders, surrounded by a lush garden and the calm and quiet waters of Lake Kivu.

To date, 48 bird species have been recorded in our garden, including the Malachite and Pygmy Kingfishers. With its natural habitat and the shores of Lake Kivu, the Lodge is a migratory route of Palearctic species, such as the Willow Warbler and Barn Swallow.

We are within an hour’s drive 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, 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 Lodge.

Bird List

African Darter
African Firefinch
African Paradise-Flycatcher
African Pied Crow
African Pied Wagtail
African Pygmy Kingfisher
African Reed Warbler
African Common Stonechat
African Thrush
Augur Buzzard
Baglafecht Weaver
Barn Swallow
Black Crake
Black Sawwing
Black-crowned Tchagra
Black-headed Heron
Black-lored Babbler
Broad-billed Roller
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Cape Wagtail
Chin-spotted Batis
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Common Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Copper Sunbird
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
European Bee-eater
Familiar Chat
Fan-tailed Widow-bird
Fawn-breasted Waxbill
Great Cormorant
Grey-capped Warbler
Great Sparrowhawk
Grosbeak Weaver
Hadada Ibis
Holub’s Golden-Weaver
Lesser-stripped Swallow
Little Bee-eater
Long-tailed Cormorant
Malachite Kingfisher
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Northern Gray-headed Sparrow
Pied Kingfisher
Pin-tailed Wydah
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Red-faced Crombec
Red-rumped Swallow
Ring-necked  Dove
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Southern Red Bishop
Speckled Mousebird
Streaky Seedeater
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
Vieillot’s Black Weaver
White-browed Coucal
White-browed Robin-Chat
White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Willow Warbler
Yellow Bishop
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul


Kivu Belt Village Tours
Gishwati Riverside Experience

Experience genuine experiences with the communities surrounding Gishwati-Mukura National Park. Hike the Riverside Trail combined with tea tour, traditional songs and dances, art works, milking and other activities.

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