Other than gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Akagera National Park is on the northeastern border of Rwanda. Akagera National Park occupies an area of about 1,085 km2, making it one of Rwanda’s biggest national parks. Its name, Akagera, comes from the Kagera River, which it shares with Tanzania. In order to preserve wildlife and plant life in their savannah, mountain, and swamp ecosystems, the National Park was established in 1934.
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The Akagera river flows through the eastern portion of the park and provides water to numerous lakes, the biggest of which is Lake Ihema. Over a third of the park is made up of a maze of lakes, papyrus swamps, and other natural features that follow the path of the river. The wetland in this protected park
The African Parks Network and the Rwanda Development Board decided to work together to administer Akagera National Park in 2010. They want to transform Akagera into a top-notch national park. The entire reserve will be fenced off as part of the planned growth over the next five years, and the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinoceroses) will be allowed to wander freely throughout the Park.
What to see in Akagera National Park
Akagera national park is a major game area in Rwanda because of all of its lakes. You may come across many antelope species, elephants, buffalo, zebras, and giraffes. The fact that Akagera and surrounding lakes are home to one of Africa’s biggest concentrations of hippopotamuses should not be overlooked. The Nile crocodile, the largest reptile in the world, is one of the animals you will most likely witness as well.
Akagera National Park’s smaller predators include mongooses, serval cats, genets, and side-striped jackals, among others. Akagera national park primates include olive baboons, velvet monkeys, silver monkeys, and bush babies, which are also prevalent in the park. The graceful impala is the most prevalent and will probably be impossible to miss of the 12 antelope that may be seen at Akagera.
Bird watching in Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is one of the best places in Rwanda for bird viewing, with more than 525 different species of birds. A large variety of birds are attracted to the park’s three environments, including the savannah, mountains, and swamps. Without a doubt, Akagera is the best location in Rwanda to see savannah birds and raptors. Additionally, the papyrus wetlands are home to a variety of uncommon and unusual birds.
Game drives in Akagera National Park
If you book Akagera Game Lodge, you may take advantage of their game drives, which include night game drives when you can see nocturnal creatures that aren’t active during the day.
Boat cruises in Akagera National Park
If you visit Akagera Safari Lodge and the Rwandan Tourism Office, boating on Lake Ihema is a necessity. You will see a lot of hippos and the exciting, enormous Nile crocodiles while admiring the panorama of Lake Ihema. There is a chance for bird watchers to see many water birds.
Self-drives in Akagera National park
Travelers are given a map to help them get around the park when they enter through the gate. If you would like, you will be given the choice to use an on-board guide. Guides can help you navigate the park and are skilled at detecting and identifying creatures in the wild. Although a gratuity is customarily expected at the end of a journey, the cost of hiring a guide is already included in your entrance fee.
Driving in Akagera National Park offers numerous circuits of varied lengths. While driving across the diverse habitats of the park, there are various game viewing experiences. A well-known one-day trip starts in the southern portion of the park and travels north past all the lakes before turning around at the Mutumba Hills.