Wildlife Safari in Akagera National Park
Wildlife Safari in Akagera National Park are tailor-made safari packages for travelers to enjoy there travel in the park with different activities involved. Akagera national park is one of the best places anyone can go for wildlife safaris and have the best time watching the different wildlife species in their natural habitats. While in akagera national park, there are a number of activities that you will participate in to ensure that you get to see the different species and regardless of the activity that you participate in, it is guaranteed that you will have an amazing experience where you will see a number of wildlife species in the park.
If you’re looking for a national park where you will have a chance to see the different wildlife species from the animals, birds, different butterfly species, reptile species, amphibians among other different wildlife species then akagera national park is the place to visit because it offers the most radiant environment where you can carry out your wildlife safaris while in Rwanda to ensure that you have an amazing time while in the park. Some of the different wildlife species that can be seen during the different activities in the park include the following;
The Big 5 Mammals: During your Wildlife Safari in Akagera National Park, you will enjoy the big 5 mammals. Akagera national park is the only national park in Rwanda where all the big five in the country can be seen and just like volcanoes national park is famous for Rwanda gorilla tours, virunga mountains hike and Rwanda golden monkey trekking, Nyungwe national park for its Rwanda chimpanzee tours. Akagera national park is famous for the big five animals. In the park, you can see all the big five animals that is the lion, buffalo, the lion, leopard, and the rhinos.
Akagera national park partnered with Europe where they were able to get the rhinos from three European countries and they were brought in the park in 2017 and since then they have increased in number and also there was the introduction of lion species from south Africa that have also increased n number which when they were brought into the park, it led to all the big five animals being in the same park. If you’re interested in seeing the big five animals then you can carry out the game drives in the park, for instance, the morning game drives where you will see elephants, rhinos buffalos grazing in the plains in the nocturnal game drives you will be able to see the lions and leopards hunting for prey you can also see a number of other animals struggling to survive at night without being prey to the carnivores in the park which is such an intense but amazing experience once seen.
Herbivores: There are a number of herbivores that can be seen within the park that are usually seen grazing in the plains and near the water bodies where the vegetation especially the savannah grasslands tend to be much thicker than elsewhere in the park and because it is a source of food to the herbivores, the can be seen converging near the water bodies especially lake Ihema and lake Shakani where they can also be seen quenching their thirst and also they can be seen resting after they are done eating.
Some of the herbivores that can be seen include the impalas, giraffes, buffalos, zebras, bushbucks, topis and many other herbivores that can be seen during the game drives especially the morning game drives where you will see the early risers trying to get the first bite for the day. The evening game drives can also be rewarding because you will be able to see a number of animal species eating their last bites for the day, you will see the carnivores beginning their search for dinner as they spy on the herbivores.
Reptiles and amphibians: While in the park, you will see a number of reptile and amphibian species within the park. These are usually seen within the water bodies like Lake Shakani, Lake Ihema, and River Akagera. Among the reptiles and amphibians that can be seen include the monitor lizards, salamanders, anthracosauria, labrinythod, crocodiles among other amphibians and reptile species. These are usually seen during the boat cruises and nature walks within the park. Crocodiles can be seen sun basking on the shores of the lakes waiting patiently on the prey that usually comes to quench their thirst.
Bird species: There are a number of bird species that can be seen within the park some of them that can be seen in the swamps especially water birds and a number of bird species. The birds can be seen during the boat cruise in akagera national park, the guided nature walks within the park, game drives and a number of different activities. Some of the bird species that can be seen within the park include; African fish Eagle, the open billed stork, the egrets, cormorants, Senegal lapwings, African darter, Hamerkop, Caruthers’s cisticola, pied crow, black-headed weaver, fan-tailed widow bird, violet’s black weaver, long-crested Eagle, like Pockefellers’s sunbird, Chapin’s flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, strange weaver, red-throated alethe and a number of other bird species.
Butterfly species: While in the country you get the chance to see a number of butterfly species while carrying out nature walks within the vegetation, the forest within the park, the swamps were the different butterfly species like the Amauris albimaculata, gossam butterflies, Lycaenidae, miletinae, coliadinae, harvesters, lipteninaer, swallowtail butterfly, Papilionoideae, Pieridae, hesperiidae, Nymphalidae among other butterfly species.
Different fish species: While in the park you can see a number of fish species while you carry out activities like sport fishing in the park. During the different activities like sport fishing around Lake Shakani, Lake Ihema, River akagera, the swamps you can see a number of fish species like the catfish, Nile tilapia, lung fish, mudfish which are among the most common fish species found in the park. The fish can also be seen during the boat cruise on akagera national park during the interesting activities, the species are usually seen swimming in the water and if you get the chance you will also see the crocodiles feasting on the fish species.