Destination Kivu Belt

Birding at Rwiza Village

Nestled perfectly between rolling hills and on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwiza Village is a paradise in itself. Situated in Karongi, approximately 6.5 km from Kibuye town, Rwiza offers you the ideal place for relaxation and birding.

Our huge lush garden has diverse bird species, with 42 species recorded to date, including the Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Black-crowned Tchagra, Holub’s Golden Weaver.

You can also take a boat and visit the different islands on Lake Kivu. You can spot fishing birds like the Pied and Malachite Kingfishers, Common Sandpiper, and flocks of breeding waterbirds, such as the Great Cormorant and Black-headed Heron.

Rwiza is in close proximity to the Gishwati-Mukura National Park (Mukura side), where more than 100 species, including 20 Albertine Rift endemics, can be easily spotted, along with other attractions such as Chimpanzee tracking.

In 2 hours, you can visit 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 at Rwiza Village.

Bird List

African Dusky Flycatcher
African-paradise Flycatcher
Black-crowned Tchagra
Black-headed (Village) Weaver
Bronze Sunbird
Brown-throated Wattle eye
Cape Wagtail
Common Kestrel
Copper Sunbird
Dark-capped (Common) Bulbul
Double-toothed Barbet
European Bee-Eater
Grey-capped Warbler
Holub’s Golden Weaver
Northern (Common) Fiscal
Pied Crow
Pied Kingfisher
Red-billed Firefinch
Red-chested Sunbird
Red-eyed Dove
Rock Martin
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Tropical Boubou
Variable Sunbird
White-browed Coucal
White-headed Saw-wing
Yellow-billed Kite
Yellow-fronted Canary
Yellow-throated Greenbul


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