Akagera National Park
For over 80 years, Akagera National park has been a place for variety of wildlife and biodiversity in the eastern Rwanda. This park was first gazzetted in 1934. It is a home to lions, buffaloes, zebras, monkeys, antelopes, birds and many more one can find within the park. All these have attracted many tourists to come for safaris to the country. So, this park has played host to many researchers and conservationists who have facilitated the preservation of the park’s ecosystems. There are many tourists all over the world visiting the attractions. Thus this has helped in contributing high revenues to the country.
This park is the destination for most Rwandan travelers. This is because with easy acces to the park, taking a day trip with family and friends or staying for an overnight at the stunning Ruzizi Lodge for a weekend while on a safari tour to Rwanda. Akagera is very different and home to a greater variety of stunning land scapes and amazing wildlife. Just entering the park’s gate almost immediately the safari adventure begins, there are baboons and large Nile monitor lizards welcome you at the entrance as well as the herds of topi. Also one can see zebras around the corner.
Just driving through the park, you can see diverse and seemingly endless land scapes shifting from expansive grassy hills and the acacia woodlands to bright shimmering lakes; with the riverine vegetation, tall trees, wetlands and the swamps. Akagera is a unique opportunity to discover the habitats and the distinct wildlife; the birds which can easily be found from the lowly dung beetle to the giant hippo; to the much rarer shoebill. So, this has greatly attracted many tourists to come for birding safaris to the country.
A safari visit to the park can take hours watching all the activity along the lakes and still leave wanting more. Rwanda has also got many other parks and these include; volcanoes national park that has got many mountain gorilla species; Nyungwe national park that has got many chimpanzee species; and these have greatly helped in increasing the number of tourists coming for safaris to Rwanda.