Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Moriah Hill

Moriah Hills Resort is perfectly located on the shores of Lake Kivu within walking distance from Karongi Town. The Resort has a big, lush garden that offers a quiet and calm place for birding and relaxing. The garden comprises exotic and native trees that provide refuge to spectacular bird species, including Spotted Flycatcher, Red-faced Crombec, Black-crowned Waxbill, amongst many others.

You can take a boat to explore the numerous islands on the Lake, including Napoleon’s Island, where you can spot birds like the Red-capped Robin-chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, a large number of Fruit Bats and other aquatic species.

The Resort is one hour away from the Gishwati-Mukura National Park, where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzees.

It is two hours from the Nyungwe National Park, 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 in our Resort.

Bird List

African (Western) Citril
African Dusky Flycatcher
African Palm Swift
African Thrush
Arrow-marked Babbler
Baglafecht Weaver
Black-crowned Waxbill
Blue-spotted Wood Dove
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Common Kestrel
Common Sandpiper
Common Waxbill
Double-toothed Barbet
Fawny-breasted Waxbill
Green-backed (Grey-backed) Camaroptera
Hadada Ibis
Little Bee-eater
Malachite Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-checked Cordon-blue
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-faced Crombec
Ring-necked Dove
Speckled Mousebird
Spectackled Weaver
Spotted Flycatcher
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robinchat
Willow Warbler
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul


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