Although in the past bird watching safaris in Rwanda was not a common tourist activity, it is now becoming a popular and preferred activity among the tourists that visit Rwanda.
The activity is somewhat challenging to comprehend that such a small nation can be a great place to spot a big list of birds, however the good news is that there is over 1400 bird species found in Rwanda and among which are 27 Albertine rift valley endemics. Among the notable bird species to look out for during a Rwanda birding safari is the Red-faced barbet, the Papyrus Gonolek, Miombo Wren-Warbler and the elusive Shoebill stork.
Rwanda has 4 national parks offering refuge to the largest number of bird species in this country and this is because they are well protected as wildlife sites. Rwanda’s location is within the Albertine rift valley gives it a perfect terrain for birding enthusiasts. Fortunately holiday makers on that come for Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris or Rwanda wildlife safaris will also get an opportunity to encounter a number of bird species as they explore the national parks of Rwanda.
Nyungwe National Park on is the most notable spot for bird watching tours in Rwanda with a block of Montane forests that offer habitat to over 300 bird species. Some of the bird species you will spot within Nyungwe National Park include: the Paradise fly Catcher, the Rwenzori Turaco, Red-Collared Mountain Babbler, the Purple-breasted Sunbird, as well as Kungwe Appalis.
Akagera National Park presents a range of habitats that like marsh and lakes which presents experience with different water bird species like: the Shoebill stork, African fin foot, Great cormorants and the African fish Eagle.
Volcanoes National Park has a bird check list of over 175 bird-species and is an amazing place to spot birds with different habitats like open savannah grasslands, swamps, bamboo and heath.
Today you any traveler can enjoy a rewarding Rwanda birding safari in any of its national parks and will be impressed by the great diversity he/she will see.