Top activities in Akagera national park

Top activities in Akagera national park; Akagera national park is located in northeastern part of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Akagera national park was established in 1934 and covers an area of 1,200 square kilometers. The national park was named after River Kagera which supplies water to most of the water bodies in the park such as Lake Ihema, Lake Mihindi, Lake Gishanju, Lake Shakani, Lake Gishanju among others. Akagera national park is a home of different wildlife species including the big 5 mammals elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, lions, topi, reedbucks, bush pigs, giraffes, side-stripped jackals, impalas, duikers, elands, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos, roan antelopes, sitatunga antelopes, Klipspringer and over 500 bird species. Akagera national park offers different activities that tourists can engage in during the safari including,

Top activities in Akagera national park

Game drives/ game viewing

Game drive is one of the top activities in Akagera national park where you will be able to explore the national park in a comfortable top up safari vehicle with an experienced driver guide. Game drive can either be made early in the morning or in the afternoon following different game drive. During the game drives, you will be able to view animals like elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, giraffes, topis, zebras, waterbucks, elands, duikers, oribi, reedbucks, impalas, klipspringer, view predators like lions, leopards, hyenas among others.

Top activities in Akagera national park
Game drive in Akagera national park

Akagera national park also offers night game drives where you will be able to explore the park at night with a ranger guide and spotlight torches for clear viewing of nocturnal animals which become active at night such as lions, leopards, serval cats, hyenas, civets, bush babies among others.

Boat cruise

Boat cruise is another interesting activity in Akagera national park which is carried out on Lake Ihema the largest lake in the park. Boat cruise in Akagera national park is done in two sessions that is the morning session which starts at around 9:00am, the afternoon session which starts at around 2:00pm and the sunset session which starts at around 5:00pm and each session takes about 2 to 3 hours. During the boat cruise, you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view buffaloes, elephants, antelopes along the shores, view aquatic bird species like kingfishers, fish eagles, hornbills, cormorants, bee-eaters among others.

Sport fishing

Sport fishing is an adventurous activity in Akagera national park that is done on Lake Shakani. During sport fishing, you will be able to learn about various methods of fishing in Rwanda including spear and shoot arrow method, cast net method, gill net method, hooking method among others, catch different fish types like tilapia, cat fish among others. Visitors interested in sport fishing activity in Akagera national park are advised to book in advance and also carry their own fishing equipment’s.

Cultural tour

Cultural tour is an exciting activity in Akagera national park where you will be able to interact with the local people living around the park. During the cultural tour, you will be able to learn about their culture, learn about the local production of beer, bee keeping, milking cattle, learn how to prepare local dishes, visit the art and craft shops, enjoy their traditional entertainments among others.

Bird watching

Akagera national park is a home of over 525 recorded bird species savannah birds, water birds, migratory birds and Guine-congo forest biome. During bird watching in Akagera national park you will be accompanied by a bird guide and follow different birding trails where you will be able to spot variety of bird species including Papyrus Gonolek, Lesser Kestrel, Lilac Breasted Roller, Heuglin’s Robin Chat, Black-headed Gonolek, Blue Turaco, Crested Barbet, Ross’s Turaco, Grey Hornbill, Denham’s Bustard, Red-faced Barbet, African Jacana, Hooded Vulture, Greater Painted-snipe, Bateleur, Red-winged Francolin, Augur Buzzard, Greater Honeyguide, Gull-billed Tern, African Harrier Hawk, Long-toed Lapwing, Northern Puffback, White-winged Swamp Warbler among others.

Top activities in Akagera national park
Red-faced Barbet

Guided nature walks/hiking

Nature walk is an exciting activity in Akagera national park where tourists will get an opportunity to explore the park on foot accompanied by an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger. During the guided nature walk which can either be done early in the morning or in the evening, you will follow different trails in the park where you will get up-close and personal with different animals, view colorful butterflies, listen to sweet sounds of bird species singing in trees, enjoy the cool breeze, beautiful landscapes, scenery, take nice pictures among other,

Best time to visit Akagera national park

Akagera national park can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February because during this period, there is less rainfall in the national park therefore nature walk trails and game drive tracks will be dry and passable, vegetation will be thin which gives you an opportunity to view different wildlife species clearly.

Akagera national park can also be visited in the rainy season during the months of March to May and October to November because that’s the best period for bird watching where bird lovers will be able to view variety of bird species.

How to get to Akagera national park

Akagera national park is located in eastern part of Rwanda and can be accessed by road transport means where by you will drive from Kigali to the park headquarters which takes about 2 to3 hours’ drive.

Akagera national park can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book a charter flight with Akagera aviation.

Where to stay in Akagera national park

Akagera national park has a few accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your Rwanda safari including  Magashi Tented Camp, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Akarenge Bush Camp, Akagera Game Lodge,

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