When it comes to birding, Rwanda is amongst Africa’s most exciting destinaitons – within this relatively small and compact country, there over 701 bird species of which 27 are Albertine Rift endemics.
Rwanda is located within the Albertine Rift as well as dense forests and mountains which creates a unique and remarkable beautiful environment for the tourists to enjoy. Rwanda is birding destination with over 700 species and it has the highest number of Albertine Rift endemics in Africa. The country has got seven birding Areas which include national parks like Akagera, Nyungwe as well as Volcanoes national park. The other areas include; Rugezi swamp, Akanyaru, Cyamudongo as well as Nyabarongo area. The famous Shoebill stork is mainly found in Akagera national park as well as in wetlands of this beautiful country.
Akagera only supports many acacia and papyrus species including; White-headed, Tabora Cisticolas, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek, Red-faced Barbet, Carruther’s and White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers, Papyrus Gonolek, Miombo Wren-Warblers as well as the Black and familiar Chats, etc. Those interested in birding and staying at Akagera national park, there are many lodges including Akagera game lodge and many campsites which can be used by the tourists interested in Rwanda Birding. On top of the many bird species found in Akarega as the best birding destination of Rwanda, you can encounter many other animal species including the Hippos, elephants, giraffes, kobs, lions, Rhinos and many more.
In the southwest of the country, you find Nyungwe National park, which is a virgin forest and the largest natural forest remaining in Africa and is home to over 300 species of birds, which of 27 of these species are regional endemics. This forest has got steep hills and deep valleys which makes the forest hard to be explored. There has been a new road which was constructed that bisects the park and has made it easy for the tourists to access the park. The park has got many bird species including the Rwenzori Batis, Grauer’s Rush, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Hill Babbler, and many more
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