About Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park Rwanda  is  found in North Eastern Rwanda, at the country’s border with Tanzania. It is dominated by swamps and small lakes with flow in the wake of River Kagera. All the water sources work together to create a piece of spectacular scenery. It is quite a remarkable eco-system. The Park was obviously named after River Kagera.

Akagera national park is home to a variety of wildlife which include, elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, lions. It is home to several antelopes like bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, impala and world largest antelope – the Cape eland. You can watch schools of hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun near lake Ihema.

Top Things to Do and See in Akagera National Park

Akagera Game Drive

1. Wildlife Game Drives in Akagera National Park

Game drives in Akagera national park are done in safari vehicles starting early morning in search of the leopards, hyenas, and the recently re-introduced lions. This is because the predators prefer to hunt at night or early morning and usually go into hiding as the heat from the sun increases. The landscape and beautiful wild floweres will make for good pictures for the interested photographer.

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 Ihematowards Tanzania.

2. Akagera Boat Trips & Safaris

The best way to spend an afternoon in Akagera national park is to take a boat ride on Lake Ihema. Most animals are hiding under shade because of the heat from the sun as others come to the water for cooling off and drinking. In addition to a variety of water birds, you will watch schools of hippos in the water and crocodiles by the shores of the lake. There are scheduled boat trips which happen during the day but one can book for a private unscheduled boat trip at their own timing.

This boat cruise will give you a chance to have a good view of more game which includes elephants, buffalos, and these will gather at the banks in order to drink water. You will also get an opportunity to see more loving birds like the shoebill stork, fish eagles, kingfishers, papurus gonolex, the herons, and many more.

3. Bird Watching in Akagera National Park

Akagera national park is a popular and Important birding area in Rwanda. Bird watching enthusiasts will find birding Akagera national park rewarding as it offers birders opportunities to sight both the endangered bird species like papyrus gonolek and shoebill and the more easily available species like weavers, and several Kingfishers.

Birding is done while on a game drive, nature walk with a ranger guide and on a boat safari especially on Lake Ihema. Birding on lake Ihema will accord one the pleasure of water species which are otherwise not seen while on the game drive in the Savannah grassland. Overall we highly recommend birding Akagera national park for both variety and the ease with which you see the birds.

4. Cultural Tours Around Akagera National Park

Experience the rural Rwandan life around the cattle keeping communities near Akagera national park. You have opportunity to observe and or participate in traditional cattle grazing, milking, traditional milk storage in calabashes for preservation. You then go through the process of converting milk into different products like traditional yogurt, ghee and lastly take part in preparing a meal with some of the ingredients from the milk products. This is an authentic cultural experience shared by the locals living adjacent to the park, they get to earn from this supplementing their agricultural income. This eventually contributes to conservation culture and wild animals in the park.

These activities also provide the opportunities of engaging with people about their daily lives and excited of sharing their stories.

5. Camping in Akagera National Park

There are three campsites in Akagera include; Shakani Akagera campsite, Mutamba Akagera Campsite, Muyumba Campsites Muyumbu and Shakani cams are located in the south direction of the park. Muyumbu is located on the ridge that overlooks the lakes in Tanzania with in a distance and has got a spectacular backdrop for the rising sun. shakani also offers a lakeshore camping adventure experience along with mumbling hippos and the variety of bird life. The Mutumba campsite is located in the northern and its rich in game rich with high rolling grassland hills.

The tents available for hiring at the reception and the firewood is provided on site and the visitors are also asked to bring their own camping supplies and the equipment’s.

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