Activities in the Akagera National Park
Activities in the Akagera National Park: Akagera national park, Rwanda’s only wildlife park is named after the River Kagera that flows through it. Akagera national park is one of the highlights when on a Rwanda safari. Visitors that flock the Kigali International airport for tourism usually have a mountain gorilla safari booked but topping up the Rwanda primate safari with a visit to the savannah park is an unmatched experience.
The savannah park is blessed with bush land, hilly terrain and open grasslands with euphoria trees and a number of small water bodies where the water animals of the park reside. These water bodies are where you can see the water life of Akagera that is the crocodiles with a big concentration of hippos. Game drives are very popular in this part of the country for a chance to see the beautiful Maasai giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, a number of antelopes like the Eland, the oribis, the topi, waterbuck and the roan antelopes. The lions and Rhinos are big attractions of the Akagera national park.
This park is blessed with some primate life that you may see on a game drive like the olive baboons, the blue monkey, the wide eyed bush babies, the vervet monkeys to mention but a few. You can also look out for the black masked civet, severe cats, Kilspringer, water sitatunga antelopes, black tailed mangoose, catlike genet and warthogs.
The Akagera national park is also famous for its bird’s population. The Akagera national park is said to be a home of over 520 bird species and this makes it an ideal destination for birders. 100 of the bird species that have been spotted in the Akagera national park are endemic to the park and cannot be sighted elsewhere in Rwanda. There are about 40 different species of Raptors in this park and a few of the birds you can spot are the shoebill storks, the papyrus gonolek and a number of migratory birds. Some of these migratory birds include the Long tailed cistola, the arnot chat and the sauza shrike. A bird experience in the park can be done while on a morning game drive or while on the Lake Ihema boat cruise. There are a number of activities (Activities in the Akagera National Park) a visitor to the national park can engage in.
Game drives in Akagera national park are the most sought after activity in this park as you get a chance to drive around the park spotting the wildlife in their natural habitat. The Akagera national park offers the morning game drives and the night game drives for a chance with the nocturnal animal. Every game drive is a chance to see something new that you may have missed earlier.
You will have a ranger guide who is well versed with the area and can share his information about the park and the animal living in the park and the different flora spread out the park. The ranger guide will also be an adviser on the best points to drive to in order to see the wildlife. You may have a full day game drive with a barbeque lunch in the park or drive back to your hotel for a warm lunch. You will see elephants, antelopes like the elands and Topi, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, lions, hyenas, rhinos, serval cats, leopards, civets and many more.
On a night game drive, be sure to carry a pair of night glasses or binoculars to spot the nocturnal life of the park. It is a different feeling driving in the park at night as compared to driving in the dark of the night. You will get to spot a number of animals looking for their prey for dinner especially the cats like leopards, lions, hyenas and serval cats which are common night sightings. A night game drive usually lasts 2 hours with a knowledgeable ranger guide from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
You may take on a birding tour in Akagera national park and this can also be topped up with a visit Nyungwe forest national park. The birders who have taken a birding tour in Akagera have testified to the abundance of different birds in the park and consider it a birder’s paradise.
Take on a boating experience on Lake Ihema to see the auatic animals of Akagera national park. Lake Ihema is one of the lakes with the biggest population of the hippopotami and can be seen basking on the shores and these live in families. You may notice their relations within the family and have no social interaction with individuals from other families. You can also see large crocodiles while on your boat trip on Lake Ihema and some elephants can be sighted at the shores sometimes. The Lake Ihema boat is also a great opportunity for birders to spot some of the Akagera birds. There are scheduled boat trips at these last 1 hour and this is a major highlight on your visit to Akagera national park.
There is also a fishing experience on Lake Shakani in Akagera national park. The best time to take part in a fishing activity is when there is a fishing tournament going on and you get to interact with other fishers. The beauty of this fishing experience is you get to keep your fish and can roast it later at a campfire or at the barbeque lunch.
You can also engage in a community cultural experience, walk the line experience or a behind the scenes tour. Get in touch with us and let us know your preference and what you are interested in and let us organize for you.