Where to see the Lions in Rwanda : Rwanda is known for its variety of wildlife species that can be seen when you visit the different national parks in Rwanda which will give you the opportunity to observe a number of rewarding species. The most famous wildlife species in Rwanda are the mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park that you will get to watch them when you participate in gorilla trekking in Rwanda where you will get to observe a number of rewarding features of the primates as you hike the Virunga mountains in Rwanda. other rewarding attractions that can be seen in the wild are the chimpanzees in Nyungwe national park as you participate in chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda, you can also watch the golden monkeys in volcanoes national park as you participate in golden monkey trekking in Rwanda and many other attractions but among the different attractions that travellers that are interested in a Rwanda safari tour will are quite interested in watching the lions in the lions and these can be seen in Akagera National Park.
Akagera national park is famous for housing all the big five animals in Rwanda namely the lions which are the most sought after of the big five animals in Rwanda.
the lions in Rwanda can be seen as you participate in the game drives in Akagera national park and during the nocturnal game drives in Akagera National Park. during the morning game drives you will mainly see the herbivores like the elephants, rhinos, gazelles, oribi, Uganda kobs that are seen grazing within the plains and in the e evening game drives, you will get to watch the lions catching their prey in the wild and during the nocturnal game drives, you will get clear views of the lions that are most active at night raiding the hiding spots of the herbivores in the wild to get what to eat which are among the most rewarding tourism activities in Akagera national park.
Interesting about the lions in Akagera national park is the fact that the lions were extinct in Akagera national park because of the 1994 Rwanda genocide which was a dark period in Rwanda where a number of the tutsi were targeted by the hutu as a need to wipe them out from the history of Rwanda. during the Rwanda genocide which you can also get to understand more about it as you participate in the Rwanda genocide tour.
During the aftermath of the Rwanda genocide, a number of tutsis lost their land and property and because they had large herds of cattle, they settled in Akagera National park in order to get pasture for the cattle and because there was competition on the land which led the lions to attack the cattle and feeding on them and in a way the pastoralists/ tutsis killed the lions because of the fact that they were killing the cattle. After the extinction of the lions the Rwanda development board in partnership with the African parks re-introduced the lions in Akagera national park in 2015 which has led to the increase of the lions of Akagera national park. it should also be noted that the eastern rhinos were also re introduced which led to the completion of the big five animals in Rwanda which you can also watch participating in tracking the big five animals in Rwanda. book your next flight to Rwanda and get to participate in tracking the lions in Akagera national park.
While visiting Rwanda there are a number of other rewarding tourism activities in Akagera national park that you can get to participate in to make your Rwanda safari quite memorable and these include activities like;
The boat cruise on Lake Ihema which will give you the chance to observe the sunset and also give you the chance to watch a number of water birds like the endangered shoe bill stork, White-breasted Cormorants, Pied Kingfishers, Osprey, Double-tooth Barbet, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Familiar Chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye and Spot-flanked Barbet, Carruthers’s cisticola, white-winged scrub-warbler, slender-billed starling, baglafecht weaver, yellow-browed citril, papyrus canary and many other bird species. you will also get to watch the herbivores like the elephants quenching their thirst from the banks of Akagera rivers, crocodiles sun basking and many other attractions in the park.
You can also participate in sport fishing in Akagera national park which involves the activity of catch and release of the different fish types in the park and as a reward for your participation in activity, you will get to keep one fish which you can take back to your hotel to feast on and hence an amazing Rwanda safari.