Akagera National park is among the three protected areas in Rwanda. Akagera National park is situated in the Eastern province of Rwanda along the boarder with Tanzania just about 2-3 hour’s drive from Kigali city. Kigali is the Capital city/ major city in Rwanda. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several Lakes including the largest of which is Lake Ihema.
Akagera National park covers approximately 1,200km2 and it was founded in 1934 to protect animals from poachers. Before 1934, poaching was among the major illegal acts Since Rwanda is known as the Land of a ‘’thousand hills’’ These highlands provide spectacular views over the expanse of lakes and swamps.
Akagera National Park is considered as one of the National Parks with abundant wildlife to mention some include giraffe, leopard, hyena, bush buck, antelopes, elephants, hippos and crocodiles can be seen in the Lake plus also various species of birds that feed on and around the lake. For visitors interested in Rwanda tours, Akagera national Park is worth visiting.
Activities in Akagera National Park
Game drives – Since the park is a home to some members of the “THE BIG FIVE” of wildlife game viewing will be one of the activities enjoyed by visitors. Some of the animals to watch include giraffe, zebra, hyena, leopards, lion, elephants, bush buck, and various species of antelopes and birds, hippos and crocodiles can also be seen during the boat trip at Ihema.
Bird watching -Many of the birds can be seen during the boat trip on Lake Akagera over 524 species of birds live in the park and they live in the savannah grassland of Akagera National Park. Birders are in position to encounter the papyrus Gonolek, shoebill stock, as well as migrant birds attracted by seasonal fluctuations in the water levels to mention to mention but a few
Boat trip: A boat trip is so magnificent and it is arranged on the Lake Ihema, and most of the tourist who make it to Akagera national park has to go on a boat trip and its a wonderful moment as one can also be in position to came a cross several species of animals such as school of hippos, crocodiles, a variety of birds that feed on and around the Lake such as the malachite kingfisher, the fish eagle, to mention but a few.
Spot fishing – Spot fishing for those interested is also arranged and is encouraged to carry there fishing equipments in order to be permitted to do the activity; tilapias are the most sought of fish to fish. All these activities make Akagera national park more interesting to visit.
Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema:
Park authorities can arrange trips on Lake Ihema to see the hippo pods and some of the huge Nile crocodiles that are otherwise difficult to observe. This is also the best way to view the park’s abundant water birds including breeding colonies of noisy and smelly cormorants and open-bill storks.
For our money this is the single nicest way of exploring the park. It’s important to make a reservation through the park office at least an hour or so in advance.