Rwanda, a bird watching paradise

Rwanda, a bird watching paradise

July 15, 2014
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Rwanda a bird watching paradise

Commonly known for its rare mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys, Rwanda is also a haven for numerous bird species including those not found elsewhere. This country sometimes referred to as “a land of a thousand hills” is home to over 700 species of birds. Interestingly, most of these bird species are endemic to the Albertine Rift Region and they are easily viewed on a Rwanda safari.

The presence of rare bird species in the country has led to an increase in the number of tourists who visit specifically to view them in their natural habitats. Birding has now become more popular in the country’s largest national parks as people visit to look at some of the most impressive birds in the world.

Whenever bird watching in Rwanda is mentioned, you can’t fail to talk about Nyungwe national park and Cyamundongo forest where birding is a lifetime experience. These two are found in the southwestern region of Rwanda harboring over 350 bird species. Some of the species found here include; – the Rwenzori Turaco, great blue Turaco, stranger weaver, Kungwe apalis and many more.

Akagera National Park is another birding destination in the country and it’s a home to over 525 bird species. Some of the species include;- the famous shoebill, the pearl spotted owlet, red-faced barvet, Ruaha chat, brown snake eagle and many more.

For a lifetime breathtaking bird watching experience, a visitor is advised to move with a knowledgeable guide to answer all the questions about different species.