Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is situated at a comparatively low altitude along the border with Tanzania and includes gusty cultivated hills which are more similar to those in Rwanda. The park occupies an area of 1,200km2 including Savannah grasslands, Mountains and Swamps. The park was named after the breathe taking Kagera River a diffident source of River Nile which flows along the eastern border feeding into a variety of different Lakes like Lake Ihema.
With the most diverse and scenic landscape in Africa, the savannah grassland consists of intertwined acacia woodlands, herds of elephant, hyena, stray lions, buffalo. Other wildlife animals can be seen here i.e Giraffe, zebra, antelope, chesnut-coated impala, oribi, pods of hippopotami, crocodiles, bush buck, tsessebe, eland and birds like the fish eagles, water birds, papyrus Gonolek, African birds and the peculiar shoebill stork.
Activities at Akagera National Park
Game Drives are the most prominent safari activity carried out in Akagera National Park and this involves transferring in a 4×4 wheel drive along the various tracks in the Park. You watch various wildlife animals like buffalo, elephants, hippos, zebra, crocodiles, giraffe, hyena, leopards, lions, antelopes, birds, bush baby etc.
Akagera National Park is a birder’s paradise with numerous species of birds that can be watched by avid birders from all over the world. There are 524 bird species that are recorded in the park and some of these include; the gorgeous lilac-breasted roller, black headed gonalek, heuglin’s robin-chat, grey hornbill, ross’s turaco, crested barbet.
Akagera National Park also offers remarkable Boat Cruises to all travelers visiting the Park along the stunning Lake Ihema. While on the cruise, watch various wildlife animals i.e Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants which move from their habitats to the Lake for water as well as water birds like the shoebill stork, heron, malachite kingfisher, fish eagles, papyrus gonolek etc.
Sports Fishing can also be done in Akagera National Park along Lake Shakani and all anglers are advised to come with their own fishing equipment to enjoy fishing Talapia. The Sports Fishing adventure is very amazing and exciting hence no traveler to Akagera National Park should miss out in this activity.