Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve
Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve is found in the northern part of Burundi and is one of the most prominent holiday destinations in the country. The Lake and the surrounds are a protected area that boasts some of the unique attractions when it comes to flora and fauna.There area is covered by shrubs, forest and wet land, with the schrub land covering quiet a large area. These areas are used for fisheries and agriculture while the rest is used for the research of nature conservation.
The area is dramatically located on the border with Rwanda in a town called Kirundo. Previously known as the Lac aux Oiseaux which means Bird Lake- Lake Rwihinda Natural Reserve covers and 8000ha while the lake alone is half of the entire reserve area (425ha). Although the area is known for the fishing villages and agriculture, the natural reserve is nearly 30% under forests and the rest of it under thick shrubs and wetland. Part of the reserve is under nature conservation and research into medicinal plants and herbs among other uses.
Wildlife; Some of the birds in this Burundi nature reserve include Northern Brown-throated Weaver Sharpe’s Pied-babbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Scrub-warbler, White-collared Oliveback, , Red-chested Sunbird, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Carruthers’s Cisticola, Red-faced Barbet and Ring-necked Francolin among many others,