Akagera National Park covers an area of 112,000 hectare and is situated in the eastern part of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania; Akagera is rich in bio diversity including forest fringed lakes, swamps and savannah plains. The Akagera National Park is endowed with different species of flora and fauna, inhabiting its different ecosystem zones which include mountainous terrains, woody and savannah areas.
Akagera National Park was founded in 1934 to protect wild animals using a mixed combination of galley forests, swamps, and lakes. Akagera National Park is worth visiting, for one thing – it ranks among the most scenic of Africa’s Savannah Parks, with its scenic forest-fringed lakes, tall mountains, and constantly changing vegetation, about 480 bird species can be found in the park, Big Five and other wild animals like lions, elephants, antelopes, hyenas, bush babies, civets, genets, mongoose among others. Akagera is the only park in Rwanda where you can track the infamous Big Five animals like lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo in their natural habitat.
Akagera National Park in Rwanda offers a number of safari activities here are among the tourists activities to encounter your wildlife safari in Rwanda.
Game drives are conducted throughout the day in Akagera National Park, with the best times being in the morning and evening when you can see the most wildlife. On a game drive, you will be driven along marked trails across open savannah plains and woodlands in search of different mammals and bird species. The driver-guide will accompany you throughout the game drive to find places where animals spend the majority of their time during the day. You will be able to see all five of the Big 5 species, including the Buffalo, Lion, Elephant, Rhinos, and Leopard, Other animals to see in Akagera National Park include zebras, hippos, roan antelopes, oribis, Defassa Waterbuck, Semi-Aquatic Sitatunga, Eland, Giraffes, Topis, Bohor Reedbucks among others.
Another way to see wildlife in Akagera National Park is to go on a night game drive, which allows you to see nocturnal animals such as bush babies, hyenas, mongoose, owls, nightjars, civets, and leopard, this kind of experience is guided by an experienced ranger guide – night game drives usually start at 6 pm to 8 pm in the wilderness.
Boat trips at the park is one of the most exciting encounter carried out on Lake Ihema, there are several lakes in the park namely L. Ihema, L. Mihindi, L. Hago, L. Kivumba, Rwanyakizinga, the lakes found in Akagera National Park are among the richest in fish species in the whole country and considerable populations of Haplochromis, cat fish, tilapia and other species are dominant. A boat cruise at Lake Ihema will reward you with views of many water birds like Rufous-billed Heron, Greater swamp warbler, Slender-billed weaver, marsh flycatcher, hawk, herons and Shoebill stork, visitors will be able to see crocodiles, hippos roaming the banks of the Lake.
Fishing in Akagera National Park is done on two lakes Lake Shakani and Lake Ihema which are found in Akagera National Park, fishing on these lakes is one of the most rewarding experiences to tourists who visit the Park. The most fish species caught on these lakes include Cat fish, tilapia among other; however on this expedition visitors will be able to see various marine animals like crocodiles, hundreds of hippopotamus, marabou stork, and various water birds.
Akagera National Park has a checklist of about 480 bird species that have been recorded in the savannah forest woodlands of Akagera on the banks of Lake Ihema and the Akagera River. Excellent bird watching is a guarantee, there are many birds that dwell around the park namely purple crested turaco, shoebill, papyrus gonolek, black-capped night heron, crested barbet, red wing markings, white-winged warbler, crowned crane, red dwelled purple heron, grasshopper buzzard, northern brown-throated weaver, rufous bellied heron, marabou stork, red-faced barbet, spot flanked barbet, grey hornbill, black-headed gonolek, lilac-breasted roller among others.
Akagera National Park offers a bird-watching experience throughout the year and it is one of the most rewarding encounters, the best time of the year to visit Rwanda is in the dry season between June to September and November to April when nature quite dry. For more info about tailored safaris trips to Akagera National Park kindly contact Gorilla Tracking Africa so we can help plan your remarkable memories in Akagera National Park.