Akagera National Park
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Akagera National Park is located 3-4 hours east of Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The park is a combination of open savannah, undulating hillsides and Africa’s largest wetland system. Akagera is an inspirational story of conservation success with all of the Big Five residing here again after the area’s wildlife experienced almost total decimation during the tragic civil war of the ’90s. A tailor-made safari in Akagera can be easily combined with gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
About Akagera National Park
As Rwandan tourism grows, Akagera’s proximity to Kigali will inevitably make it a highly sought-after wildlife experience, and the best place for a safari in Rwanda. For now, the park is relatively unexplored, aesthetically very enjoyable, has growing numbers of exciting wildlife and gives a fascinating insight into the measures needed for conservation efforts to be successful.
Akagera National Park Wildlife Safaris
If you’re wondering where to see the Big Five in Rwanda, come to Akagera, although seeing all of them in one visit does require a degree of luck. Black rhino, lion and leopard all reside in Akagera but sightings are certainly not guaranteed. Elephants can be seen relatively frequently and buffalo sightings are common too.
Zebras and giraffe are often seen, alongside 11 different species of antelope including impala, Defassa waterbuck, eland, bushbuck, oribi, the rare sitatunga and topi which appear in Akagera in large herds. Hyena are also found in the park but sightings are rare.
Game drives are the best way to see wildlife in Akagera but boat trips on Lake Ihema, one of several lakes in the park are also a rewarding experience. Walking safaris in Akagera are also possible, as well as night game drives and fishing.
Birding in Akagera National Park
Recorded species of birds in Akagera total almost 500, including 44 varieties of raptor such as Africa fish eagles, Wahlberg’s eagle, long-crested eagle, and Western banded snake eagle. There are also many species here that aren’t found in other areas of Rwanda. Among some of the birding specials are the elusive shoebill, lesser kestrel, papyrus gonolek, African wattled plover, giant kingfisher, Senegal lapwing, Sauza’s shrike and Arnot’s chat.
Best Places to Stay in Akagera National Park
There is a good choice of safari lodges and camps in Akagera National Park.
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Best Time to Visit Akagera National Park
During Rwanda’s dry season from June to September animals congregate near permanent water sources and vegetation is thinner. As a result, finding and spotting wildlife is easier. However, game viewing can be good year-round.
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