Overview – Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is named after the Akagera River which streams along its eastern boundary. It is one of the most scenic savanna reserves in Africa where Visitors can expect extraordinary bird watching and free-meandering zebra, just as sightings of panther, hyena, jackal, elephant, bison, giraffe and lion. Akagera is additionally the largest ensured wetland in Africa, containing lakes lined with forests, papyrus swamps, savannah fields and rambling high countries.

  • Wildlife20 animals

  • High SeasonJune to September

  • Best Time to GoJune to September

Pros & Cons

  • Extraordinary wildlife viewing with the Big Five present
  • Incredible birding incorporates numerous rarities, raptors and waterbirds
  • Off-the-beaten-track destination
  • Night drives and boat trips accessible, alongside the standard game drives
  • Wonderful landscape with a few forest-fringed lakes
  • Very few options for accomodation available
  • Very difficult to spot Big 5 animals
  • Tsetse flies can be an issue in the park

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Wildlife & Animals – Akagera National Park

Wildlife numbers are on the increment in Akagera National park and animals are gradually turning out to be less sketchy due to the issues which incorporate human infringement and poaching. Lions were once again introduced from South Africa in 2015 and there were 19 in the park as of mid-2018, alongside a similar number of black rhinos, which was once again introduced in 2017. Elephants have been once again introduced, and their numbers are currently assessed at around 120.

Wildlife Highlights

Akagera is known for its big game. Buffalo, Burchell's zebras, Masai giraffes, defassa waterbucks and cape elands, can be seen grazing in the savannah. Akagera is likewise home to 11 antelope species. The most widely recognized all through the park is the generous impala, however exceptionally compelling are the enormous groups of topi. Defassa waterbuck are consistently seen around the lakes and bushbuck is a far-reaching inhabitant in the forest regions. The rare sitatunga antelope are known to live in the swamps. Leopards can be spotted on night drives.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season from June to September is the best an ideal opportunity for wildlife viewing seeing in Akagera. wildlife viewing is simpler to spot since vegetation is more slender and animals accumulate around the lakes, which are a major component of the park.

Birds – Akagera National Park

With around 490 species recorded, Akagera offers astounding birding. Of the 480 species, 100 birds are not found in some other secured region in Rwanda. Akagera is Rwanda's second most significant birding site after Nyungwe, and the two parks complement one another impeccably – not many birds recorded in Rwanda can't be found in one or the other park. Akagera is a decent spot to see an assortment of raptors, including bateleur, white-sponsored and Ruppell's griffon vultures, and earthy coloured snake-falcon.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Akagera National Park is perfect all around the year. Each season offers an alternate cluster of animal varieties. The Dry season, from June to September, is best for francolins, numerous wetland birds, nightjars and owls. The early rainy season, in October, is best for lapwings and many open-field birds. Larks are generally dynamic from September to November and again in March and April. Pioneer-rearing water birds like cormorants, darters, herons, storks and ibises primarily breed from February to July. Migratory birds are available from November to April.

Best Time to Visit – Akagera National Park

The best time to visit Akagera is in the Dry season from June to September and January to February. During the wet seasons, some roads can become impassable, although a lot of effort has been recently put into road development.

  • Best Time

    June to September

  • High Season

    June to September

  • Low Season

    March, April, October and November

  • Best Weather

    June to August

  • Worst Weather

    March and April

June to September (Dry Season)

  • Best season for spotting wildlife
  • Skies are brilliant, with basically no rain
  • Malaria fever hazard dies down as there are less mosquitoes
  • Conditions are dry and dusty, and the sky can be cloudy

June to September (Wet Season)

  • The scenery is green and rich
  • More birding options are available
  • Raincan some of the time meddle with exercises
  • Wildlife viewing isn't just about as great as during the Dry season

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