Akagera National Park is one the most popular safari destinations in Africa. A wide variety of Rwanda safari packages organized by tour operators to explore this park’s hidden treasures on game drives, boat ride and nature walks. The park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is an archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland.
Akagera is, above all, big game country! Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble across a spotted hyena or even a stray lion.
Giraffe and zebra amble through the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque cape eland.
The most common tourist activities in the park include:
Birding trips in Akagera National park
The park hosts over 525 bird species- this is one of the birding sanctuary. Akagera is indisputably the best place in Rwanda to find savannah birds and raptors. It is also well stocked with water loving birds living amongst the swamps.
Game drives in Akagera National Park
These include nights and day game viewing safaris. Night game drives gives opportunities to spot nocturnal like leopards and so on. Day time game drives enables visitors view animals like Elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, waterbucks, common or cape eland, roan antelope, hippopotamuses , sitatunga, burchell’s zebras, orive common baboons, giraffes, crocodiles, little bee eaters, open billed stock, marabou stock black headed gonolek, robin charts among others.
Fishing on lake ihema and lake Shakani is yet another amazing experience when visit Akagera National park.
Boat tours on Lake Ihema
It is a must experience if you visit Akagera National park. Boat trips are operated by Akagera Safari Lodge and Rwanda Tourism office. While on the boat, expect to see water loving birds and animals like hippos, crocodiles among others.