Tuesday, 4 July 2017

FASCINATING BIRDING SPOTS IN RWANDA

Rwanda is blessed to have the shelter of the highest population of birds in the world; it’s also ranked among the best 5 destinations in the entire world for tourists searching for the best birding tour in Rwanda. Geographically, Rwanda is a small country strategically situated in the Albertine Rift valley. Its dense forested and mountainous nature offers a great and long lasting memorable experience for birding anyone wouldn’t want to miss in life. Rwanda with its small size, it has about 700 bird species that quenches the thirst of anyone looking for great birding safaris and experiences.

Rwanda has 7 favorite important birding watching areas, including 3 national parks, - Volcanoes national park, Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park, Rugezi swamp, Akagera swamps, Nyabarongo and Cyamudongo forest. These birds include, Grey crowned crane, papyrus Gonoleck, Kungwe apalis, Bennettis wood pecker, stripe breasted tit, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Cinnynis, white-tailed blue fly catcher, shoebill stork ,marabou stork ,tropical Boubou, regular sunrise bird, bronzy sun bird, among others.
BIRDING AT AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
This is a home for shoe bill stork; therefore this place gives a clear view of these beautiful birds since it habours a mixture of different acacia and papyrus species, including the olive back. The appearance of a shoe bill gives a visitor an everlasting memory due to its characteristics and how it behaves when it’s in the water.
NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
This is Rwanda’s most fabulous bird watching site, and it’s a home for 310 bird species due to its dense forested nature and hard to see birds, but through taking a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest and other sites like Karamba trail, Gisakura and Kamiransovu swamp one can see a variety of beautiful bird species such as wood peckers, honey guides, horn bills, hoppoes among others.
BIRDING IN NYABARONGO RIVER
It’s a protected area in Rwanda, covering 142.62km2, located in the south east of the country, south of Kigali, and includes swamps and marshes in part of flood plain of river Nyabarongo, the longest river in Rwanda. It provides a safe haven for some of the globally threatened species among others; these include, the Madagascar squacco heron, papyrus Gonolek, Carruthers, Sisticola, white- winged scrub-warbler.
Other places where these birds can be found include the Cyamudongo forest, Rugezi among others, for anyone who wants to get an unforgettable biding experience in Rwanda.


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