Birdwatching in Rwanda
Birdwatching in Rwanda is somewhat overlooked in favour of gorilla-trekking trips. However, birdlife in Rwanda is excellent, giving visitors the chance to see some of the Albertine Rift endemic bird species. There are over 600 species in Rwanda, which is amazing for such a small country and makes for great birding.
Perhaps the key area for bird watching in Rwanda is the vast Afromontane forest of Nyungwe National Park, which is recognised as an IBA ('Important Bird Area') by Birdlife International. Look here for some of Rwanda's Albertine Rift endemics, including the Albertine owlet, collared apalis, red-collared mountain-babbler and Grauer's and Neumann's warblers.
As an aside, the papyrus swamps in Akagera National Park are one of few places in Africa where shoebill storks are found - although we haven't yet found a good way for our travellers to see them here. Our top tips on the best lodges for birdwatching in Rwanda are below.
Our favourite places for birdwatching in Rwanda
Nyungwe Forest Lodge|97% (14 reviews)The Nyungwe National Park is fantastic on a Rwanda birdwatching break, with the chance to see 24 species endemic to this section of the Rift Valley. With over 275 species in total, twitchers may be excited by great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks. More about Nyungwe Forest Lodge