Rwanda, often celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes and iconic wildlife, is also a hidden gem for bird enthusiasts. With three prominent birding destinations, namely Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, and Akagera National Park, Rwanda offers a remarkable avian adventure with well-developed birding trails.
Volcanoes National Park, known primarily for its magnificent mountain gorillas, is also home to an impressive array of bird species. While approximately 200 bird species have been recorded in the park, what makes this location truly special is the presence of at least 16 Albertine Rift Endemics. Birding enthusiasts may encounter rarities such as Grauer’s rush warbler, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori double-collared Sunbird, handsome francolin, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared Apalis, red-faced woodland warbler, and Archer’s ground robin.
Nyungwe Forest National Park stands as one of Rwanda’s premier birding destinations, boasting around 310 bird species. This lush forest is a haven for bird enthusiasts, offering an unparalleled avian experience. Birdwatchers can revel in sightings of magnificent species such as the Rwenzori Nightjar, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, the Handsome Francolin, Dwarf Honeyguide, Greatblue and Rwenzori Turaco, montane Double Collared Sunbird, and the Red-Throated Alethe.
Akagera National Park, with its diverse ecosystems, hosts an impressive variety of birdlife, with approximately 480 bird species recorded. This park is particularly renowned for its raptors, water birds, and a rich collection of savannah and woodland species. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted to encounter species like the majestic shoebill, the striking papyrus Gonolek, African Wattled Plover, Giant Kingfisher, Senegal Lapwings, elegant Squacco Herons, African Openbill Storks, regal Grey Crowned Cranes, graceful African Darters, and the distinctive Long-toed and Water Thick-knee.
The best time to embark on birding trips and safaris in Rwanda varies depending on your preferences and target species. For those interested in exploring Volcanoes National Park, the period from mid-May to mid-October is highly recommended. This timeframe aligns with the long dry season, which offers ideal conditions for gorilla tracking and bird watching.
Rwanda enjoys a temperate climate year-round, thanks to its compact size, proximity to the equator, and high altitude, which contributes to a fresh highland atmosphere and consistent temperatures. Daytime temperatures typically hover around 30°C or 86°F, ensuring comfortable travel conditions. In the capital city of Kigali, the average temperature is around 21°C or 70°F.
Plan your birding adventure in Rwanda and witness the captivating avian diversity this African nation has to offer. Contact Trek Africa Tours to book your birding trips and safaris in Rwanda, where the world of birds awaits your discovery amidst stunning natural landscapes.