2 days Akagera safaris visit Rwanda’s only Savannah national park for an unforgettable encounter with Africa’s big five mammals. The Akagera National Park is 1112 square kilometers in size. The Belgian government established it in 1934 to protect the park’s animals and the entire eco-system. The park was named after the Akagera River, which runs through it. The river nourishes Lake Ihema, Lake Victoria, and other smaller bodies of water. The Akagera National Park used to be bigger. It was home to one of Africa’s greatest populations of wild dogs. They became a danger to the local community and were suspected of transmitting the dreadful rabies. Most of them were eliminated by the colonial authority of Belgium. By the early 1990s, when the number of park animals began sharply declining, wild dogs had completely vanished from the area.
During the genocide of 1994, several of the park animals suffered their fatal injury. While they hunted the big cats to protect their domestic animals or the antelopes for game meat, thousands of refugees went through or lived in the park. To make way for farms, timber, firewood, and charcoal, a sizable portion of the park’s vegetation was removed. Throughout the park, lions and rhinos vanished. Rwanda’s new government had to take decisive action to save the park. African Parks now manages the park. African Parks manages other wildlife conservation areas in Africa through special agreements with governments. Things changed, and park encroachment was stopped with large fences. Encroachments into the park are illegal, and those caught must face the consequences. Lions and rhinos have been reintroduced and are thriving in the park. African Parks has started working with the government to promote tourism in the nation and bring in considerable financing for park development. The park now brings in more over $2.5 million annually from tourism, as of this writing.
The safari includes boat rides on Lake Ihema and game drives. Expect to see zebras, lions, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, elephants, spotted hyenas, warthogs, crocodiles, impalas, eland, topis, reedbuck, baboons, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, black-tailed mongoose, bush pigs, and buffalo by the conclusion of the two days.
Get up early from your Kigali hotel or apartment, eat breakfast, and then wait Dav Safaris vehicle. Your driver will give you a tour overview and explain what to expect. The driver will begin the two-hour trip to Akagera National Park following the briefing. Be prepared to go through stunning landscapes with breathtaking hills. The driver will take you to the hotel to check in and register when you enter the park through the southern gate. Following that, a park guide will take you on a morning game drive. Expect to witness Zebras, Masai Giraffes, Leopards, Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Rhinos, and Antelopes. Because you must return to your hotel for lunch before getting ready for the afternoon boat trip, the game drive won’t take as long as you expect.
Birds, crocodiles, hippos, and other land creatures can all be seen drinking along the banks of Lake Ihema while on a boat tour. The Shoebill Stork, kingfishers, fish eagles, and cormorants are among the bird species to watch out for. The boat ride lasts for two to three hours, following which you’ll be driven back to your hotel for some downtime, refreshments, and supper.
Dinner and lodging will be at one of the following locations: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Mid-range), Devera Hotel (Budget), or Akagezi Lodge (Budget).
Get up early, take a shower, and eat breakfast. You’ll be picked up by the driver early so you can pick up the park guide at the offices. The park guide will once more assist in identifying the finest locations to locate the mammals. On day 2, there will be more time and no activities in the afternoon, thus the game drive will be considerably longer. It begins from the southern park gate and extends all the way to the northern part of the park. The most of the time may be spent in the Mutumba highlands, the “hippo beach,” the extensive wetlands, and along Lake Ihema. This could last for six hours. The most fauna is concentrated in this particular location. Here is your chance to see any animals that you might have missed on the first day. With the guidance of the park guide, you can expect to observe lions, buffaloes, Kobs, hippos, giraffes, elephants, and other types of antelopes. One of the best places in Rwanda to go birding is Akagera National Park. The park is home to more than 500 different species, including lesser kestrels, papyrus gonoleks, and shoebill storks. The park has beautiful landscape, and we are confident that you will love the acacia thickets, savannah grasslands, and woodlands. You will return to the hotel to check out once you have seen the majority of the park’s animals.
The driver may make brief stops at the Rusumo waterfall and the Imigongo traditional handcraft artisans as you travel back to Kigali. Depending on whether you have a flight or not, plan to arrive in Kigali in the late afternoon or evening.
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