Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It’s characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountain and savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles.
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The park is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. 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.
WHAT TO DO IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Akagera National Park – a different landscape than the rest of Rwanda – Rwanda’s Big-5 Game Park with lots of Things to do and see.
You will find splendid open Savanna Plains, broad-leaved forests and pleasant hills, candelabra Euphoria Trees, Lakes teaming with crocodiles and the large concentration of hippos. Maasai Giraffes, Burchell Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, various species of Antelopes such as the Defassa Waterbuck, Topi, roan antelopes, the large Eland Antelopes, Bohor Reedbuck, Oribi, Common Duiker, Klipspringer and the semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelopes and the Lions and Rhinos are back in Akagera National Park.
Birding at Akagera National Park
Birders will find Akagera National Park a natural treasure trove with over 520 species represented here with over 100 species of birds not found elsewhere in Rwanda.
You can find 44 species of Raptors, Papyrus Gonolek, Shoebill Storks and a lot of Migrant birds, among them, are the Lesser Kesterel, Great Snipe.
Game Drives & Nature Walks
Game drives mean that you are accompanied by a Guide who is knowledgeable about the flora and fauna found in Akagera National Park. While on game drives one should stay within the vehicle unless the park guide sees it as safe to get out and take a look around.
For longer game drives take a snack or lunch from the lodge and in our case, we will an ample supply of drinking water for you.
Guided Nature Walks including Birding Walks can also be taken at Akagera National Park – Rwanda.
Boating Safaris on Lake Ihema
Boating Safaris are normally the highlight of a visit to a park in East Africa and so it it is with a boating safari on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park.
Lake Ihema has one of the largest concentration of hippos in East Africa and it certainly is a sight to behold and so are the very large crocodiles that you will find along the shores of the lake.
There are also countless of water birds you will find while on a boating safari on Lake Ihema and hopefully, you will spot a Shoebill Stork.
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