Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve

Located in the central Africa, Burundi is an ideal tourist destination for nature lovers. The rich flora and fauna of the country attract the tourist in no time. There are a number of natural reserves and parks in Burundi to protect the wild life. Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve is one of those reserves. It is a major tourist attraction in Burundi.

Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve is situated in the north of the country. The natural reserve is quite close to the town of Kirundo near the Rwandan border. Lake Rwihinda Nature Reserve was previously known as Lac aux Oiseaux which means Bird Lake. The lake covers 425 ha area. However the total protected area covers around 8,000 ha.

Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve is occupied by Forest (27%), Shrub land (45%) and West land (27%). This area is used for agricultural purpose and fisheries. The rest of the area is used for nature conservation and research.

It is an ideal place for bird watching. Several birds like Zambezian Biome, Falco Naumanni, Ardeola Idea, Gallinago Media, Circus Macrourus,Guinea-Congo Forests Biome and Afrotropical Highlands Biome can be found here. Except than these birds you can find a number of other species such as White-collared Oliveback, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, White-winged Scrub-warbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Red-faced Barbet and Ring-necked Francolin.

However due to agriculture, fishing, decrease of water level many spices are not found now days in Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve.