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Akagera National Park – Rwanda Wildlife Safaris A stunning National Park where the past has been revived

Located in the Northeastern part of Rwanda is the Akagera National Park at the border with Tanzania. The park’s relatively warm and low lying plains comprise of the Savannah, woodland, wetlands, and a dozen lakes. The park is Africa’s central largest protected wetland and the last remaining refugee for Savannah adapted species. It was founded in 1934 and it derives its name from the River Akagera which runs through it.

You will find splendid open Savannah plains, broad-leaved forests, and pleasant hills. The lakes are teaming up with crocodiles, and being infested with large schools of hippos. Animals, birds, beautiful organized scenery, unique cultures, etc. Are some of the eye-appealing things that makes Rwanda Wildlife safaris most popular, unique, adorable, and memorable. Akagera has its share of attractions that will always prompt you to want to keep visiting the park.

Wildlife in Akagera national park

The park has a variety of wildlife and is also the perfect habitat for over 500 different bird species. Akagera National Park has become a big five destination. This is because of the reintroduction of lions and the black rhinos. This makes it an ideal destination for big five safaris in Rwanda.

The park protects a good number of African  Savannah landscape of acacia and bush. With patches of open grassland and a dozen swampy lakes. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms a large protected wetland. Akagera is the only Savannah national park in the land of a thousand hills. The only places where you can sight most of the large mammals while on an African safari.

Akagera National Park is a big game destination that welcomes you with large herds of elephants and buffaloes. But also lucky visitors might stumble across leopards, spotted hyenas, or lions. Giraffes and Zebras amble through the Savannah. There are more than a dozen types of antelopes that inhabit the park. Most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, the diminutive oribi, the secretive bushbuck, and as well as the ungainly tsessebe. The park is also home to the world’s largest antelope the statuesque Cape eland.

There are different and interesting breathtaking activities that a tourist can engage themselves in while on their Rwanda Wildlife safari in Akagera National Park;

Game drives in Akagera National Park

The park is home to a variety of wildlife like herds of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, Zebras, hippos. Also cats like lions, leopards but you can also gasp for breath when your eyes land on a spotted hyena, etc.

It also accommodates several antelopes. These include bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, waterbucks, roan antelopes, Impalas, and the world’s largest antelope the cape eland. You will not stop at that, you will also be able to sight large schools of hippos. Sighting of crocodiles basking in the sun near lake Ihema is common. Primates to see in Akagera National Park include; olive baboons, vervet monkeys.  Bushbabies are often seen on night game drives in Akagera National Park.

Boat cruise safaris on Lake Ihema in Akagra national park;

There is no better way to spend an afternoon in Akagera National Park. Then to take a boat cruise on Lake Ihema. An afternoon boat cruise introduces you to most animals that are hiding under shades.  This is due to heat from the sun as others come to cool off and also drink water.

Boat cruise safaris on Lake Ihema in Akagra national park

But while on your afternoon boat cruise is excellent for the bird lovers. You will be able to come across some bird species like the fish eagles that are ever up high in trees. On top of a variety of waterbird species, you will be able to come up close with hippos in the water. Crocodiles are seen by the shores of the lake.

Bird watching in Akagera national park;

Akagera National Park is a popular and important bird watching haven. The park is rewarding as it offers birders an opportunity to sight both the endangered bird species like the papyrus gonolek, fish eagle, weaver, egrets, shoebill stork, African wattled plover, giant kingfisher, Senegal Lapwing, squacco heron, open billed stork, hamerkop, sacred and hadada Ibis, Augur Buzzard, pied crow, etc.

Augur Buzzard in Akagera national park

Visit Rwanda and explore Akagera National Lark like an expert and enjoy the interesting African wildlife, vegetation, and the warm climate where you feel the sun underneath your skin. And also the warmth of the Rwandese people don’t not, miss out on a city tour and visiting the Rwanda museum together with the genocide memorial grounds.

Akagera National Park has beautiful weather it’s neither too cold nor too hot, its weather is moderate. This is because Rwanda lies 2 degrees in the southern part of the equator line so its generally high altitudes imply that it experiences moderates temperatures are hardly extreme. And so the best time to visit Akagera National Park is during the dry season and this is because during the wet season the routes are impassable.

Weather & Climate in Akagera National park

Akagera is located near the equator and has a consistent, moderate to warm climate. Temperatures are very uniform throughout the year. The average nighttime temperature is about 12°C/54°F below the average daytime temperature, therefore warm clothing is recommended for early morning game drives. There is a short Dry season from June to September.

The climate in Akagera is usually moderate to warm. Average temperatures are quite uniform throughout the year. It is advised to take warm clothing for early morning or night game drives. Akagera’s Dry season is from June to September. There are two Wet seasons. The ‘short rains’ are from October to December and the ‘long rains’ are from March to May.

Dry season –June to September

There is very little rain during these months. Vegetation thins out and animals are attracted to the lakes and wetland areas in the park. Temperatures are warm and pleasant.

  •  June, July & August – Afternoon temperatures are usually around 27°C/81°F. Most days are sunny with a fine, clear sky. It gets cold at night, with minimum temperatures around 14°C/57°F. It’s usually cold in the early morning as well.
  • September – Early September is still dry, but sometime this month the short rains might start. Temperatures remain the same.

Wet season –October to May

As in the Dry season, temperatures are warm. Afternoon temperatures are usually around 26°C/79°F while nighttime temperatures hover around 15°C/59°F. During the Wet season it rarely rains all day, but afternoon thundershowers can be expected. There is a drier spell between the short and long rains.

  • October, November & December – ‘Short rains’ – The rains start in October (or September). It is rare for it to rain throughout the day. Afternoon showers are common. Daytime temperatures are usually around 26°C/79°F while night and early morning are about 15°C/59°F.
  • January & February – This tends to be a dry spell between the short and long rains. The exact timing is unpredictable.
  • March, April & May – ‘Long rains’ – These are the wettest months. It tends to rain most days, although seldom for the whole day. It is often cloudy. The average temperatures remain about the same.

Best Time to Visit Akagera National park

Although Akagera can be visited at any time, the best wildlife-viewing months are from June to September. This corresponds with the Dry season, when animals are drawn to the lakes as a source of water. At this time the bush is not as lush either, which makes spotting animals a bit easier.

Best Time to Visit Akagera Natioanal park

Akagera can be visited throughout the year. The Dry season (June to September) is the prime time for watching wildlife in the park. Animals are easier to spot because the bush thins out and wildlife concentrates around the lakes.

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