Game Drive Tours in Rwanda : Game drives in Rwanda are normally carried out in the savannah parks (Akagera National Park), where there is a variety of wildlife game species. Akagera national park is the only savannah park in Rwanda situated in the northeastern corner of the country. Akagera National park was established in 1934 and it’s well known as a home  for different wildlife animals such as the big 5 African animals like Lions, Buffaloes, Rhinos , Leopards and Elephants, other wildlife species include Zebras, Antelopes, Uganda Kobs, Bushbucks, Impalas, Hippos, Giraffes , Topis , Reedbuck among others  as well as  harbor over 500 different bird species .

The park was named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds in to a labyrinth, of which the largest is Ihema. The union of forest-figured lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and the rolling hills combine a Kagera national park amongst the most beautiful and diverse reserve in Africa.

Game drives in Akagera national park is the most popular and interesting activities were visitors gets exposed to the wilderness  spot  these amazing  wildlife and also gets a chance to explore the Savannah plains in a comfortable  in vehicle  with a professional game ranger.    Game drives  in Akagera is conducted in three parts in a day for instance the morning gave drive which normally starts at 6:00 am , the afternoon game drive starts around noon; and lastly the evening or night game drives which starts at around 4: 00pm. The Akagera game drives is best and interesting  in the morning when wildlife species are most active nan in the evening, when they are going back to their  habitats or the rest places.  During the game drives , you will be able to observe different  notable animal species in the Savannah plains including elephants, zebras, bushbucks, waterbucks , lions, leopards , Rhinos,  Impalas, elands, duiker, oribis among others and primates such as Baboons, vervet and blue monkeys and also spot different bird species .

Akagera national park also offers amazing nightly game drives to those visitors who may wish to see or sight the nocturnal wildlife species. Night game drives in Akagera National park offers  an opportunity to visitors to spot nocturnal species such as Leopard, lions looking for the a hunt, hyenas , serval cats, civet , observing Hippos feeding , listening to sounds of nocturnal birds like the night jars among others. Night game drives at Akagera National Park is conducted in the southern part of the park and only carried out for about 2-3 hours.  During this night game drive you will be escorted a night game ranger who will help you stop different wild species in the wild.

Others activities in Akagera national park.

Akagera national park offers a marvelous and unforgettable interesting activities to travelers that you can engage decides game drives safaris including bird watching where you will be able to spot numerous number of birds species including Beaudouin’s snake eagle, Blue-shouldered robin-chat, Yellow-bellied eremomela, Booted eagle, Brown-chested lapwing, Cabanis’s bunting, Short-tailed pipit, Carruthers’s cisticola, Crested barbet, Denham’s bustard, Squacco heron,Dimorphic egret, Grasshopper buzzard, Western reef heron, Northern brown-throated weaver, Papyrus gonolek, Red-faced barbet, Red-winged francolin, Ring-necked francolin, Shelley’s francolin, Shoebill, African jacana, Crowned Lapwing, African Darter, Gray Heron, Osprey, Marsh Owl, Green Woodhoopoe, Giant Kingfisher, White-throated Bee-eater, Rufous-crowned Roller, Greater Honeyguide, Eurasian Hobby, Northern Puffback, Hooded Vulture, Augur Buzzard, Pallid Harrier, Long-toed Lapwing, Kittlitz’s Plover, Greater Painted-Snipe, Common Greenshank, Small Buttonquail, Temminck’s Courser, Gull-billed Tern, Bateleur, Slate-coloured boubou, Sooty falcon, Souza’s shrike among others , boat cruise at Lake Ihema where you will be able to spot the Hippos and Crocodiles in waters , others animals along the lake shores drinking water, cultural encounters where you will be able to interact  with the local communities who live near the national park , sport fishing where you will be able to engage in fishing activities with the local fishermen and catch different types of fish. Nature walks and Behind the scenes tours among others

Best time to do game drives in Akagera national park.                                                                                                            

The best time to visit Akagera National Park is surely the dry season though temperature variations are not stable much between seasons. The dry months are from June to September then again December to January. During this time there is less rainfall in the park therefore the game drive path will be clear and dry and possible for the vehicles to pass easily. During the dry seasons, animals gather around the water bodies which provides you good opportunity to spot a variety of abundant animals of their interest.

3 days Akagera National Park Safari
Game Viewing in Akagera

How to get in to Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is situated in the northeastern part of the country and can be assessed by both road transport means whereby a visitor will drive from Kigali International Airport to the park’s headquarters which can take around 3 to 4 hours.

Akagera National Park also offers a luxury travel options to that visitor wish to travel firstly where you will book charter helicopter flights from Kigali International Airport by Akagera aviation to the national park

Accommodation safaris at Akagera national park

Akagera National park has  a number of accommodation facilities ranging from the budget options to luxury options where you can have arrest during your safaris such as Akagera Rhinos lodge , Akagera bush camp, Akagera resort and Country Club, Magashi Tented Camp, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Karenge Bush , Muhazi beach  hotel , Akagera neighbors , Karenge bush camp , lake kivu Serena hotel , umuvumba riverside lodge, Midland hotel  among others .

Game drives safaris in Rwanda offers you with unforgettable Rwanda safari experiences. Game drives in  Akagera national park can be joined with  others activities in Nyungwe national park like Chimpanzees trekking , canopy walks, volcanoes national park like gorilla trekking, golden monkeys trekking and also activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda like gorilla trekking.

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