Lions of Akagera National Park : For more than 15 years in Akagera national park, the lions were extinct in the park because of a number of reasons like the 1994 Rwanda genocide which led to the mass killing of the tutsis in Rwanda and for the tutsis that fled the country to run away from the mass slaughter however after the genocide, a number of tutsis that had fled to the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Congo and Tanzania came back to the country but because a number of property were destroyed and the fact that the tutsi were pastoralists, they had no land to graze their cattle and also settle which led some of them to encroach on Akagera national park and because e of the competition on the land by both the people and the wild animals especially the lions which were preying on the animals it led them to kill the lions hence their extinction in the park.
With the efforts of the Rwanda development board and the African parks to promote tourism and the need for sustainable tourism in Akagera national park, in 2015, a total of seven lions were translocated from south Africa and re introduced to Akagera national park and also in 2017 two male lions were also transferred from south Africa and this has to date led to the increase of the lions in the park and with the rhinos that were also introduced in the Akagera which led to the completing of the big five animals in Rwanda.
the lions in Rwanda can be seen in Akagera national park where you can participate in game drives in Akagera national park where you will get to watch them as they participate in the activity for an amazing experience watching them catch prey in the wild, you will get to observe a number of herbivores as well like the elephants, rhinos grazing within the plains, you will also get the opportunity to watch the lions as you participate in the boat cruise on lake Ihema which gives you remarkable views of the park’s vast vegetation for an amazing experience for a memorable experience in the park
There’s more to the park than just the lions because of a number of rewarding tourism activities that can be seen when you participate in number of tourism activities in Rwanda among which include a number of tourism activities like birding in Akagera national park in Rwanda where you will get to observe a number of water birds in the park catching their prey from the water sources like lake Shakani, lake Ihema and many other rewarding attractions. 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, White-breasted Cormorants, Pied Kingfishers, Osprey, Double-tooth Barbet, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Familiar Chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye and Spot-flanked Barbet and other rewarding bird species.
You can also participate in the boat cruise on lake Ihema which will give you the chance to observe a number rewarding tourism attractions like the crocodiles sun-basking, you will have the chance to watch a number of water birds catching their prey, you will also get to watch the sunset which is the most amazing adventure in the park to make your safari quite memorable.
Participate in the hot air balloons in Akagera national park which will give you the opportunity to watch more amazing features in the park from an aerial view. The newly introduced activity in the park will help you cover most of the park in about 2 hours as you enjoy the memorable views to make your safari quite memorable.
As you visit Rwanda, you will get to realise that there’s more to the country than just the park as you will get to see when you visit a number of national parks in Rwanda where you will get to participate in a number of activities in the national parks in Rwanda. Among the different activities that can be seen include; gorilla trekking in Rwanda that is carried out in volcanoes national park which involves hiking the Virunga mountains in Rwanda to access the habituated gorilla families in Rwanda, you can also participate in golden monkey trekking in Rwanda to help you understand more about the endangered Albertine endemic species along the Virunga mountains like mount gahinga, mount muhabura, mount sabyinyo, Mount karisimbi and mount bisoke. in Nyungwe national park, you can participate in chimpanzee trekking in where you will get to observe the behaviour of the playful primates in the wild for an amazing experience. You can also take part in the canopy walk in Rwanda which will give you the opportunity to watch a number of rewarding features of the primates in the wild at an aerial view to make your safari quite memorable.