Be Awestruck on Safari Tours of the Savannahs in Akagera National Park
Savannah Plains, Forest fringed lakes, swamps, papyrus and rolling highlands are what will leave you awestruck when you go on the various private safari tours in Akagera National Park and that is even before you see the wildlife!
Located in the northeast of Rwanda, Akagera National Park lies along the Tanzania border and was founded in 1934. The park size was reduced by almost 10% in 1997 when farmers were given part of the park. Since 2010 and with the help of African Parks, the Park has returned to its former glory.
From the Akagera River there is a maze of lakes with the largest being Lake Ihema which is a great place to go on boat safari tour. During the dry season, there are lots of wildlife gathering around the lake shores that emerge from the fringing forests. Due to the levels of biodiversity found in this park, it is now the largest protected wetland found in central Africa.
The last refuge for animals and plants in Rwanda that are Savannah adapted is in Akagera National Park because it is the only Savannah region protected in the country, therefore vital for the repopulation of endangered animals.
See 4 of the Big 5 on Adventurous Safari Tours of Akagera National Park
There are fantastic safari tours to do in Akagera National Park where you can see 4 of the Big 5. Unfortunately, due to poachers, the black rhino is extinct in this park. However, plans are in progress to reintroduce them into the park again.
Lions and elephants have been reintroduced into Akagera National Park and their numbers have already been increased.
With the help of the strict laws and schemes which are in place to counter poaching, the park will grow from strength to strength and endangered wildlife will hopefully be a thing of the past.
The range of wildlife to be seen here include buffalo, elephant, zebra, monkeys, baboons, leopard, hyena to name a minor few.
There are lots of species of bird which include the rare Shoebill Stork and there are excellent birdwatching safari tours.
Spectacular Safari Tours in Akagera National Park
Travel Tips for Akagera National Park
The dry season is the best time to go on excellent safari tours in Akagera National Park which is July to September and also January. These are the best times to see the wildlife gathering together by the side of the lakes. The months to avoid in this park are March, April and December as the these are very wet months and some routes cannot be passed even on jeep safari tours. The temperatures tend to be the same all year round.
The prices for Safari tours will vary with the length of safari, whether day trips or overnight trips, what bird or wildlife you want to see and the time of the year you ate going. All day safari prices will include permits which each person must have. Safari tours for more than one day will include accommodation and food. The prices start from US$100 for short tours to over US$5000 for the more exclusive and longer safari tours.
Always do research on the time you wish to visit the Akagera National Park. It is important you know what the weather is going to be like and if the time you are travelling is the best time to see all you want to see. Be sure to check if you need any shots and make sure if you do you have them done well in advance. Always do what the Rangers say when on a safari tour because they only have your safety in mind as well as the animals.
The rain is more persistent and heavy during March to May. October to November is called the short rain season due to short and light showers. The long dry season is June to September and the short dry season is December to February. The temperatures tend to vary very little throughout the year and they are averaging 27 degrees Celsius during the day but can drop a lot at nighttime so wrap up warm for nighttime safari tours.