Birds of Nyungwe

We may be here on a botanical trip but the non-plant wildlife of Nyungwe is hard to ignore. For somebody used to taking pictures of orchids (which are considerate enough to stay in one place) photographing birds is a challenge, but the sunbirds feeding on some of the native plants stay still just long enough […]


Orchid of the day – Satyrium crassicaule

Today’s orchid is another of the magnificent terrestrial species from Kamiranzovu swamp. Satyrium crassicaule is an easy one for the Rwandan school children to identify because of the double spur (like devils horns) characteristic of Satyrium species. This is a really robust species that is just coming into flower now with flower spikes that can […]


An amazing begonia

Sometimes our tropical trips bring us into contact with some really rare plants and Begonia pulcherrima is one of those. Like Impatiens nyungwensis (see July 19th) this begonia is endemic to Nyungwe forest. It is only found in restricted areas in the west of the reserve including the swamp forest around Kamiranzovu where we found […]