Birding / Bird Watching in Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda Safari News
Situated North West of Rwanda just a 2 hours’ drive from Kigali-Rwanda’s capital Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is popularly known as the Mountain Gorilla haven in the country. This is the most popular Rwanda safari destination sitting within the Virunga ranges adjacent to Congo’s Virunga National Park and Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park all home to Mountain Gorillas. Volcanoes National Park though isn’t just home to mountain Gorillas but to many more endemic species and among them are bird species. Birding in Volcanoes National Park is therefore one of the ultimate activities to undertake on a visit to the park.
Bird species in Volcanoes National Park
Being rich in bamboo, grassland, Afro-alpine and bush land vegetation with montane forest the park favors survival species of Albertine Rift Mountains Endemic Birds seen on Rwanda birding safaris. Within the boundaries of Volcanoes National Park are about 300 birds. Bird species seen here include; the African Green Broadbill, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Kivu Ground Thrush, the Handsome Francolin, the Rwenzori Turaco, the Archer’s ground Robin, the Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Dusky crimson-wing, Rwenzori double collared Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, African Marsh Harrier, Common Moorhen, Long-crested Eagle, Grey Throated tit, Paradise flycatcher and many more.
On a birding safari in Rwanda, the day starts with birding in the morning then after a transfer to the forest with a knowledgeable Rwanda birding safari guide. An avid birder can come out of the forest with about 100 bird species sighted.
Other attractions in Volcanoes National Park
Just like many Africa safari destinations, there several attractions in Volcanoes National Park the most popular one being mountain gorilla. Other species include the exciting golden monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis kandti), Forest Elephants, Black and white Colobus Monkeys and many more.
Best time for a Rwanda Birding Safari
Bird species will always be there all year round, however, the best time for you to go birding in Rwanda should be the period of December to February when there several migrant birds and Rwanda hosts variety of palearctic and wintering migrants.
On a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, you will definitely go for gorilla trekking but then don’t just trek Mountain Gorillas and leave. Opt for other activities in Volcanoes National Park either for golden monkey trekking or bird watching. A Rwanda bird watching safari can be tailored to any other wildlife safari in Rwanda or even to a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. If you are an avid birder traveling to Rwanda don’t hesitate to leave the forest without spotting some bird species.