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Umusambi Village

Kigali City Birding

Birding in Kigali City, with a size of 730 square kilometers, Rwanda’s capital features numerous birding sites most of which include Wetlands, Woodlands, Forests and open grassland. Each of these sites comprises unique and beautiful bird species which are over 200 bird species. The famous birding sites one can visit while in Kigali City include;

Umusambi Village

Umusambi village is Kigali’s first wildlife sanctuary and nature reserve to rehabilitate and host the Grey Crowned Cranes that have been rescued from captivity. Apart from the Grey Crowned Crane, this reserve accommodates over 100 different species of birds, making it the best spot for bird watching in the city. With the excellent trails network, the birders can access the grassland, swamp, bush and woodlands areas of this reserve spotting a collection of birds like Green-winged Pytilia, Black-headed Gonolek, Little Egret, African Firefinch and many others

Nyabarongo River

is located in Kigali which gives a good introduction to some local birds, with a lot of conveniences.

Nyarutarama Lake

South-east of Kigali is where this productive wetland is located, it includes swamps and marshes in parts of the flood-plain of the Nyabarongo River. Around 50 bird species have been recorded from this wetland