Elephants in Akagera National Park Rwanda

Akagera National Park Rwanda Safaris

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK RWANDA SAFARIS


Wildlife in Akagera National Park
Bird life in Akagera National Park
What to do in Akagera National Park
Campsites in Akagera National Park
Best time to visit Akagera National Park
Where to stay in Akagera National Park
Who to encounter Akagera National Park Rwanda Safaris

Akagera National Park Rwanda Safaris takes you to Akagera National Park that lies in eastern part of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Akagera National Park was founded in 1934 where it driven its name from Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema It, and it seats on an area of 1,122 sq km. The north of Akagera is mostly fairly low-lying grasslands and savannah plains, similar in feel to the ‘traditional’ safari areas of East Africa. To the west are rolling hills and valleys more typical of Rwandan country side while to the east, the forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Wildlife in Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is the varied terrain that shelters wildlife species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. Notable plains game includes Elephants, Buffalo, Topi, Zebra, Waterbuck, Roan Antelope and Eland. Other antelope are Duiker, Oribi, Bohor reed buck, Klipspringer, Bush buck and Impala. Of the primates, Olive baboons, Vervets and the secretive Blue monkey are seen during the day, with Bush babies often seen on night drives. Of the larger predator’s Leopard, Hyena, side-striped jackal and Lion, which were re-introduced last year, are present. Plans are under way for the reintroduction of the Black rhino too, and this will restore the big five where in the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to Hippos and Crocodiles.
Zebras in Akagera National Park Rwanda

Bird life in Akagera National Park

Akagera Park can be best spotted in the early Birds in Akagera morning and in the evening along its game tracks. This avails birdwatchers a great opportunity to see a number of bird species endemic to the savanna which include Shoebill, Caruthers Cisticola, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Canary, Red-faced Barbet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, White-winged Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, Miombo Wren Warbler and White-collared Olive back. Akagera National Park is prominent for its large numbers of water birds across the entire East Africa. This therefore makes Akagera the best place to see a number of papyrus endemics with the due to its wide variety of habitats; Akagera is an important ornithological site with over 520 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers and they localized red-faced barbet and the swamp flycatcher this makes it as best destination to find savanna birds and raptors in Rwanda.

What to do in Akagera National Park

Game Drive
This is one of the main activities in Akagera National Park which to feel the nature of the park and offers you scenery view with the beauty of the park which can’t be seen anywhere irrespective of the size and the national park is surely being recognized. Within short time, you will be able to see the giraffes, Impalas, Topis, the Zebras, bush bucks, African swallows, eland, the vervet monkeys, warthogs, baboons, Mongoose, the hippos, the crocodiles, as well as the elephants. There are over 120 elephants in the park and the other mammals also include; the fefassa waterbuck, the oribi, reedbucks, the roan antelopes, sable, buffalos and many more. The most fantastic drive from the south to the north in a day will give you many animals to view to be able to keep give you a great adventurous experience as well as the most magnificent views from the top of the mountain across lake Ihema towards Tanzania. A night game drive is quite different from the day – at night there is a good opportunity to see the nocturnal animals which include a few leopards, a Lion, with several cats, civets, lions, hyenas all look for their dinner night.

Night Game Drive
Nocturnal game drives in Akagera National Park offer you night life in natural environment. It so pleasant to plunge into this endless verdure as feel the breath of fresh air on your face, smell divine fragrance of flowers as you drive on winding paths all the time listening to the sounds of singing birds and bubbling brooks is more incredible experience. You will be escorted by armed game ranger with spotlights which gives you clear visual for Nocturnal animals during your night game drive, animals such as Leopards, hyenas, civets, and bush babies are some of the animals you might see at night in Akagera.

Bird Watching
Bird watching in Akagera National Park are always impressed by what they find mostly the many bird species that range from water to forest and also savannah as well as the migratory bird species and many of these are endemic to the park, and are so rare like the papyrus gonolex which is found in the papyrus swamps. There are also the localized red faced barbets, and the swamp fly catcher as well as the elusive shoebill stork all found in Akagera National park. Short boat trips are available on Akagera’s lakes which will give you the opportunity to get close to the plentiful water birds including numerous African fish eagles, marabou stork, crowned cranes, open-billed stork, cormorants, herons and egrets. If you are lucky you may even get to see the elusive shoebill stork.

Boat cruise on Lake Ihema
Boat cruise takes place on Lake Ihema which is the biggest lake in the park, which offers boat safaris that will expose you to plenty of nature. Boat trip in Akagera National Park is the best way to see the various water birds during your safari in Rwanda. As a result you will have an opportunity to closely observe these birds to include; the rare shoebill storks, African fish eagles, crowned cranes and marabou storks. On another hard you will see many hippos and crocodiles. This boat cruise will give you a chance to have a good view of wild mammals which includes elephants, buffalos, and these will gather at the banks in order to drink water.

The Cultural Tours
Akagera National Park has partnership with the local communities, the freelance community guides have also organized for some interesting safaris as well as cultural adventures for park visitors to participate in. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and prowess to humorous songs, light-hearted dances, and rural artistry with roots in traditional agriculture, the Heritage which is the culture of cattle, the local production that’s beers and the bees, arts and crafts as well as the celebration which is food and festivities. Each of these safaris gives a glance into the life in communities around Akagera National Park

Fishing on Lake Shakani in Akagera National Park
Fishing as an activity is done on Lake Shakani the site of sports fishing in Akagera National Park, spend the day relaxing, fishing off the lake shore and then cook your catch over an open fire at the campsite. Where you can come with your own gear or rent from the park where you can fish for the whole day from the shores of Lake Shakani as you experience fishing in different methods like the hook fishing, The Gill netting, The Lam, The Spearing and shooting method, Cast net, and The Scoop net. While here, remember the hippos also stay in the water during the day as well as the banks of the shores are also gently sloped you can see any crocodile that is approaching before they consume you. This means that there is nothing to worry about as you are fishing.

Campsites in Akagera National Park

There are three campsites that offer basic facilities for the overnight stays within Akagera National Park, each campsite has its uniqueness and memorable camping adventure experience depending which camp you have gone for. They are three in numbers which include: Muyumbu Akagera Campsite, Shakani Akagera Campsite and Mutamba Akagera Campsite.

Best time to visit Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park has two dry seasons: the long dry season runs from June through September (the best time to visit), while the short dry spell lasts from mid-December to mid-February. Visiting Akagera National Park to view the incredible wildlife it sustains, you must choose the dry season for a visit. It because the undergrowth is sparse, and, since animals and birds converge on the water bodies to drink, they are easy to spot and there are also fewer bugs and navigating the forest roads in safari vehicles is a lot easier. These seasons are also perfect for combining your travel with a gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park to view the famed mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Where to stay in Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park has beautiful international standard of accommodation which range from luxury to budget in order to suite your comfort, Akagera Game Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Karenge Bush Camp Akagera

Who to encounter Akagera National Park Rwanda Safaris

Akagera National Park is located in the north Eastern region of Rwanda about 110 km from Kigali the capital of Rwanda, which is about a 2 ½ hour drive. The Park is beautiful with lush green scenery and lots of wildlife and birds to see, favorable for any age group to encounter Akagera National Park Rwanda Safaris.

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