Birding in Rushaga Sector Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

Birding in Rushaga Sector Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

December 31, 2021
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Rushaga Sector is another exciting birding spot in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. Birdwatching in Rushaga can be extended to Lake Mutanda and Nkuringo sector to see several bird species including African green broadbill, Grey cuckoo shrike, banded woodpecker, Kivu ground, African wood owl, Green tinker bird, Bar-tailed trogon, Mountain yellow warbler among others.

Rushaga region is located in the southern part of Bwindi the impenetrable National park and a home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Rushaga forms part of the 4 sectors of Bwindi impenetrable national park with different gorilla families such as Bweza, Nshongi, Kungye, Busingye, Mishaya families.

Like we said before, Rushaga region is destined in the southern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park border, a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo border, at the Edge of the Albertine Rift. It is about 34 km which is approximately 1½ hours’ drive from Kisoro Town (Kisoro airport) and about 83 km (2½ hour drive) from Kable Town at coordinates 1°07’09.4″S 29°42’36.7″E.

Bird species in Rushaga Sector in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

If you are planning to go birding in Rushaga sector, you look out for the following birds; African green pigeon, African harrier hawk, Shelley’s Crimsonwing,  Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Crowned hornbill, Giant kingfisher, Handsome Francolin, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, African Wood Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Bar-tailed Trogon, African Green Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Alethe, Western Green Tinkerbird, Dwarf Honeyguide, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Shelly’s Greenbul, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Archer’s Robin-Chat, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Grauer’s Warbler, Strange Weaver, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short tailed Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Mountain Masked Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Tit Hylia, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Doherty’s Bush Shrike, Montane Oriole, Brown-capped Weaver, Red-fronted Antpecker, Collared Apalis, Strip-breasted Tit, Dusky Crimsonwing, Dusky Twinspot among others.

Besides birding tours, Rushaga features lots of tourism activities such as Gorilla trekking, Gorilla habituation experience, guided Nature walks, Hiking and Cultural tour Experiences

Best time to go Birding in Rushaga Sector Bwindi

Birdwatching in Rushaga sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park is good throughput the year however, the best time for birding in Rushaga is March and September. Months like June and July are dry and receives less rains while March to mid-May are wet seasons and receives much rainfall which may interfere with your birdwatching experience. The main nesting season happens in May and June, with food being in plenty from late May through September. Migratory birds in Rushaga sector are present from November to April.

Where to stay in the Rushaga Sector for birding safari

Rushaga region has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget to luxury accommodation. For birding safaris, we highly recommend the following safari lodges;

  • Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge
  • Ichumbi Lodge
  • Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Rushaga Gorilla Camp
  • Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge
  • Nshongi Camp
  • Rushaga Gorilla Resort
  • Wagtail Eco Safari Lodge

What to pack for birding tour in Rushaga Sector Bwindi?

Are you ready for your birding safari in Rushaga Sector Bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda? Check on what to pack for your birdwatching experience in Uganda with Africa Adventure Vacations. These include the following;

  1. Binoculars for zooming small birds from a distance
  2. Good camera to enable you take as many photos as possible
  3. Field Clothes such the rain gear, gardening gloves, hiking boots/shoes among others. We strongly encourage birders to pack light, closed and waterproof shoes.
  4. Several toiletries like tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, hair gels and sanitary wear for the case of women.
  5. Pack insect repellants to protect you from dangerous insect bites
  6. Extra batteries and power bank to avoid your gadgets from blacking out in the middle of the experience
  7. Several toiletries like tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, hair gels and sanitary wear for the case of women.
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