Lions in Rwanda : The lions in Rwanda are among the most sought after wildlife species for travellers that make their way to the country to watch the big five animals in Rwanda. The lions in Rwanda for some time had disappeared due to a number of factors and the most notable reason being the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi that were massacred by the Hutu the majority in the country. A number of Rwandans were displaced and some of them flee to the neighboring countries, Uganda, Congo, Tanzania and Kenya however with the end of the 1994 Rwanda genocide which led the people that had fled the country to come back to the country with their extended families however since a number of property was displaced and destroyed, they did not have where to settle and because they were mainly cattle herders, they ended up settling in Akagera national park however since the animals were attacked by wild animals especially the carnivores which led to the mass killings of the lions because they were a threat to the cattle.
However, with the help of African parks an organisation that is focused at ensuring sustainability of the species in the wild and with the collaboration with the Rwanda development board in 2015 a total of 7 lions were translocated and re introduced in Rwanda in Akagera national park and 8 years later the number of lions are increasing and there are hopes of the numbers increasing more which has attracted more travellers to visit the country interested in tracking the lions in the wild and in this article we are going to help you understand more about tracking the lions in Rwanda.
Travellers can access the species by visiting Akagera national park where they will access the carnivores as they participate in the different activities in Akagera national park. among the different activities that they will get to participate in include;
The game drives in Akagera national park which will lead you to a number of herbivores in the wild, the different bird species and many other attractions but for travellers interested in watching the lions, participating in the night game drives in Akagera national park will help you watch how the species hunt for their prey in the wild which is quite fascinating to watch, they can also get to watch the species as they participate in the afternoon game drives in Akagera national park for a rewarding safari experience as you explore the lions in Rwanda.
Aside from the lions in Akagera national park, there are also a number of other different attractions that can be seen in Akagera national park as you participate in the different activities and these include the different bird species in Rwanda like the king fishers, the endangered shoe bill stork as you participate in the boat cruise on Lake Ihema for the memorable boat rides that will also give you access to breathtaking views while in the wild.
Travellers can also get the chance to participate in the hot air balloon safaris in Akagera national park which will lead you to a number of breathtaking views in the wild as you enjoy the flight in the park
Travellers can also participate in birding in Akagera national park which will give you the opportunity to watch about 100 bird species during your birding expedition in Akagera national park. Among the different bird species that can be seen include; African Darter, African Wattled Lapwing, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Common Squacco Heron, Crowned Lap wing, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Great Egret, Goliath Heron Great White Egret, Cattle Egret Grey Heron, White-winged Warbler, Long-toed Lapwing Spur-winged Geese, , Little Egret, African Jacana, Papyrus Gonolek Yellow Wagtail, African Open bill, Yellow-billed Stork Common Snipe, Black-headed Gonolek African Marsh Harrier, Squacco Heron Black-headed Heron, Great Swamp Warbler and many other rewarding safari experience.
Travellers can also participate in the behind the scenes tour which will help you observe the different conservation efforts of the park management in efforts of ensuring the sustainability of the species in the wild.