Akagera National Park after Nyungwe is the most important ornithological site in Rwanda. Morning and evening bird safaris on the game tracks in Akagera National Park provides birdwatchers with an opportunity to see a selection of savanna bird species. This park is known for its richness in water birds in the East African region and one of the exceptional places to view papyrus endemics. Some of the common species on this safari are; black headed gonalek, the gorgeous lilac-breasted roller, heuglin’s robin-chat, crested barbet, grey hornbill, Ross’s turaco, and many more.
Birding safaris are popular amongst regular visitors and the immense variety and abundance of species will not fail to impress. From the vast concentrations of waterfowl to the myriad of savanna species, there is never a dull moment, with more than 400 species recorded in Akagera. Serious birders can seek out several endemic species as well as rare gems such as the near threatened papyrus gonolek (Laniarius mufumbiri), which is restricted to papyrus swamps, the localised red-faced barbet (Lybius bidentatus) and the sought after swamp flycatcher (Muscicapa boehmi).