Rwanda, a birding paradise

Rwanda, a birding paradise

July 29, 2014
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Rwanda, a birding paradiseAlso known as the “a land of a thousand hills”, Rwanda is one of the leading tourism destinations in Africa. Its wonderful nature characterized with beautiful ever-green vegetation is breathtaking. There is no doubt that when it comes to a real adventure, this country is the best destination because of the presence of a variety of attractions. I know most of you have ever heard about this country probably because it harbors the rare mountain gorillas but there is more to that. Bird watching in the country is one of the magnificent thrilling activities you can enjoy on a Rwanda safari that guarantees you to view over 1400 bird species including those only found in this country.

Though less marketed, birding in Rwanda has currently gained momentum and today the country registers visitors who come specifically to see the birds. With most of the birds found around water bodies especially around lake Kivu, many birders gather around and look at them wondering how they managed to gather at one point. However, national parks are also homes to numerous bird species and one cannot complete his/her safari in any of the park without viewing the birds. If lucky, you may find them in groups playing and singing loudly in any of the parks or you may just encounter with one as you move through the thick rainforest.

Some birds are easy to view with the necked eyes and others are too small to see them and one may need a pair of binoculars to zoom them closely to the eyes. I know it sounds easy but viewing some birds is not easy as one requires some briefing and guiding on how best to see them. There are some specific points in the park which are suitable for viewing and unless told, one may not know them especially a first-time visitor. This is why briefing before going for a bird watching trip is important.

Some of the bird species found in Rwanda include; Gray heron, black-headed heron, purple heron, goliath heron, great egret, intermediate egret, black heron, little egret, Madagascar pond-heron, cattle egret, striated heron, squacco heron, western reef-heron, dwarf bittern and many more

A birding safari to Rwanda is a lifetime experience as you get closer to the birds as they play and roam about the national parks. Some are even courageous that they don’t take off when approached by a tourist unless if they are irritated or scared. A visitor can even take clear photos with them for remembrance.