Bird watching I so rewarding with a bird lit of over 750 species! Since it’s a small country with an area that covers an area of 26,338 sq km, Rwanda also contains the highest concentration of birds of covering a small area and spending a short time out on the birding trail. There is also an easy access and the views to these rare and hard to see the bird species.
The habitants are also diverse and then include; the albertine rift montane forests in the western region and the grassland plains as well as the swamp along the eastern border. There are also many swamps, wetlands, rivers and the lakes that are all around through the grassy hills of the central region and across Rwanda. The country also account for most of the Albertine Rift endemic species and 27 of which are found in Nyungwe Forest National park.
There are also the breath taking land scape of the grassy hill as well as the misty volcanoes that is inhabited by the rare and the amazing wildlife like the mountain gorillas and the other primates making Rwanda o ideal for the birding lovers.
When to go birding in Rwanda?
Birding is all year round but the period from December to February is for the migrant birds during which Rwanda hosts many of the wintering a well as the Palearctic migrants. Birding infrastructure like the trails, accommodation and the roads that lead to the birding trails that have been developed. The professional bird guides have also been trained and are available to lead birding tours in Rwanda. Many of the birding pot in Rwanda have knowledge able site guides.
Where to go birding in Rwanda?
- Birding around Kigali City
Kigali city is the main entry point into Rwanda via the Kigali international Airport and this offers your first birding activity in Rwanda. There are also renowned birding pots within the city that for the visiting new birders provide a good introduction to some local birds of Rwanda.
- The albertine eco region
This albertine region also composes of a chain of mountains that were formed through the upliftment and volcanic activity. It also extends across the western half of Rwanda and also covers five other countries. The albertine is also regarded as the centre of the afro montane habitant and is also a belt of the exceptional faunal and floral endemism which includes; over 40 bird species, 34 mammals, 117 butterflies, 16 reptiles, 34 amphibians as well as the 27 albertine rift endemics.