Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is famous for being the only park in where tourists can see the big five animals that is the African elephant, the rhino, leopard, lion and the buffalo which are among the many attractions that can be seen during a number of activities within the park among other attractions that can be seen within the park.
Akagera National Park will ensure that you have an amazing time Visiting the park will open a world of amazing experiences and attractions where you will see a number of water bodies like Lake Ihema, Akagera River, different swamps among other attractions in the park that will offer amazing experiences to ensure you have the best time during your Rwanda tour.
Attractions in akagera national park
While visiting Rwanda, when you choose akagera national park as your wildlife safari destination, you will have the opportunity to see a number of attractions within the park which will make your tour in the park memorable and worthy of repeated visits.
Akagera national park is among the national parks in Rwanda where all your wildlife desires can be filled because of a number of mammal species that can be seen during a number of activities in the park. Among the national parks in Rwanda, tourists can only find the big five animals in akagera national park which can be seen during the different game drives in the park.
The big five animals including the leopard and the lions can be seen during the nocturnal game drives in the park which is an amazing activity within the park where the park comes to life with the carnivores in the park hunting for their prey which is usually the different antelope species within the park it is an intense yet exhilarating experience watching the carnivores trying to catch prey for dinner.
Other big five animals that is the elephants, rhinos and buffaloes can be seen during the morning game drives where they can be seen grazing in the splendid savannah plains within the park and also during boat cruises as they quench their thirst from the water sources like River Akagera, Lake Ihema and many more. Other mammal species that can be seen in the park include the zebras, hyenas, cape bushbucks, Uganda kobs, Oribi, Topis among other mammal species in the park during the different activities. The park is also home to a number of amphibian and reptile species that can be seen in the during the boat cruise and the game drives some of which that can be seen include; the crocodiles,
Akagera national park is a birders paradise with over 350 bird species that can be seen during birding in the park. There are a number of bird species that can be seen along with the different water sources like on the shores of Lake Ihema and Shakani, river akagera where you can see a number of water birds trying to catch fish as their source of food. on your birding safaris in akagera national park, get ready to see over 100 bird species daily for a rewarding experience while in the park.
Some of the different bird species that can be seen include; the breasted roller, black-headed gonalek Ross’s turaco, Heuglin’s robin chat, Amur falcon, brown crested lapwing, shoe bill stork, western reef heron, yellow-bellied eremomela, blue shouldered robin-chat, Eleonora’s falcon, tabora cisticola booted eagle, grey hornbill, African Kingfisher red-faced barbet, sooty falcon, Cabanis; bunting, crested barbet, slate-coloured boubou, Souza’s shrike, striped pipit Denham’s bustard, grasshopper buzzard, northern brown-throated weaver, papyrus gonolek an endangered bird species in the world among other bird species
Water bodies and Vegetation covers
The different vegetation covers and water bodies within the park act as habitats to a number of attractions that can be seen as you participate in the different activities within the park. some of the notable water bodies in the park where you will see a number of attractions include lake Shakani, Lake Ihema where you can carry out a number of activities like sport fishing which will enable you to catch a number of fish species like the Nile tilapia, blue tilapia etc, you can also participate in birding where you will see a number of bird species like; White tailed blue Monard, African Harrier Hawk, grey crowned cranes, Herons, egrets, the cardinal woodpecker, the levillant cuckoo, slender-billed baglafetch, weavers, levillant cuckoo among other bird species.
The different vegetation covers within the park also act as habitats to a number of animal species within the park like the different water birds that can be seen in the papyrus swamps in the park and these include; the African kingfisher, yellow billed stork, African sacred ibis, hadada ibis, the shoe bill stork among other bird species that can be seen within the park. you will also see a number of mammal species that can be seen including the big five animals, the zebras, a number of antelope species, hyenas and many more which can be seen during the game drives in the park.
During your akagera national park tour, you will get the chance to visit a number of cultural villages to have memorable Rwanda safaris. Among the different cultural villages that can be visited include the Humure refugee village which will offer you an amazing time when you visit the park. The Humure refugee village is a community that settled in Rwanda from Tanzania as they were looking for better conditions running away from the war in their mother land.
At the Humure refugee village, you will be taught a number of cultural practices of the people like their local dishes which they will prepare for you and also give you the opportunity to taste, they will also carry out a number of entertaining activities like cultural dances, cultural plays, among other interesting features about the Humure refugee village. You will also visit the Imigongo arts and crafts centre where you will get to know more about the culture of Rwandans through their arts and craft, cultural dances, storytelling, poetry, local culinary among other interesting features that will make your Akagera National Park tour quite memorable.