Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Red Rocks

Red Rocks Initiative offers a spacious and friendly backpackers’ hostel, campsite and cultural centre. Surrounded by rolling hills, farmlands and its lush garden comprising a mix of native and exotic trees, the accommodation attracts various birdlife. A day of birding yielded 33 bird species, including the Yellow Bishop, African Citril, Tropical Boubou, and the Red-eyed Dove.

The accommodation is situated in an ideal location. You can reach the Buhanga Eco-park, a remnant forest with more than 100 bird species and a stopover of the intra-African migrant “African Pitta” in 10 minutes. In an hour, you can drive to the Gishwati-Mukura National Park, home to more than 100 birds species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics. While, in 30 minutes, you can drive to the Volcanoes National Park, home to the famous Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkey and other natural attractions. Similarly, in half an hour, you can visit the twin lakes and, in one hour, the Rugezi Marsh, which hosts the White-winged Swamp Warbler and the endangered Grauer’s Swamp Warbler.

At Red Rocks, birders can also experience the Rwandan culture and support the local communities by participating in the community-based tourism activities they offer, such as traditional farming activities, basket weaving, pottery making, milking, banana beer production and homestay.

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 Red Rocks.

Bird List

African (Western) Citril
African Pied Crow
African Trush
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Bronze Mannikin
Bronze Sunbird
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Grey-capped Warbler
Hadada Ibis
Hooded Vulture
Mackinnon’s Fiscal
Northern Grey-headed Sparrow
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-cheecked Cordon-bleu
Red-eyed Dove
Speckled Mousebird
Stricky Seedeater
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Robinchat
White-tailed Blue Flycatcher
Willow Warbler
Yellow Bishop
Yellow-billed Kite


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