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Bird Watching Safaris in Rwanda

Rwanda stand out to be one of the leading montane bird watching tour destinations in East Africa if it’s not in the whole world. The favorable climate of Rwanda coupled with a variety of habitats for birds has facilitated bird watching expeditions to this small country Rwanda dubbed as the land of a thousand hills.
Despite its small size of about 26338, Rwanda boasts over 750 birds species that are well documented on Rwanda’s birding list and makes it the leading country still with the highest concentration of birds per kilometer moved therefore taking bird watching safaris in Rwanda you may need nee to travel long distances to spot birds but just a mere step on Rwandan soil you will be rewarded with a lot of bird species.
The habitats for these bird species in Rwanda are diverse and mostly involve the Albertan montane thick forests dwelling the western side of Rwanda, magnificent flat land plains and grassland that covers the Eastern side of the country sand t several wetlands, swamps and spread lakes in especially those occupying Akagera National park
The remarkable Birding areas in Rwanda where you can go and do bird watching safaris include; the Kigali city which is described as the cleanest city in Africa. There are fascinated organized urban bird watching tours especially for travelers with lilted time to travel to the major birding areas of wild parks. Birding can also be conducted in Nyungwe forest national park with biggest Montana type of forest on African continent, there are over 300 species of birds listed in this park. More birds can be seen by taking a hike to Congo Nile trail.
bird watching tour in Rwanda are also conducted in Akagera national park with superb savannah plains and rolling hills. Akagera has over 310 unique species of birds including the rare shoebill. It is located in North eastern park of Rwanda at border with Tanzania.
Other important bird watching areas in Rwanda are conducted in Giswati Mukula national park, several wetlands such as Rugezi, and Akanyaru. The Rugezi wetland marsh was recognized as ARAMSER site providing good environmental conditions for birds breeding and this has made it atop birding destination. You can as well explore several birds by visiting Volcanoes national park and Lake Kivu. The magnificence of Lake Kivu has attracted several birds including pied king fishers and the great white breasted cormorants.
The common bird species that you encounter while on bird watching tour in Rwanda include Grauer’s the Red collared babblers, Swamp Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Handsome spur fowls, Neumann’s Warbler, great cormorants, pied king fisher, the rare shoe billed stork Purple Breasted Sunbirds, Regal sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco and Grauer’s Warbler, Handsome Francolin, white egrets, montane oriole, flycatchers, sunbirds, papyrus ganolek, manikin among others.
Bird watching in Rwanda is done throughout the year but usually you should plan to organize during dry season to Rwanda for birding safaris and tour during dry periods of the years and this is when the trails are dry and passable. Remember to pack and carry, camera, binoculars, birding list books, drinking water or snack, portable recorder, insect repellant and well body covered clothes for better birding experience.

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