Akagera National Park is barely any different from the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. The park is scenically dominated by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, a remote source of the Nile. You can rightly call the landscape here a classic African Savannah type tangled with acacia woodland and intermingled with open grassland.
Wildlife in Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is a great location to see a variety of wildlife species and is a big game country! Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, and on a lucky day visitors might see a leopard, a spotted hyena or a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park.
The most common sightings consist the handsome chestnut-coated impala,the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe plus the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.
Camping alongside the picturesque lakes of Akagera is a truly mystical introduction to the wonders of the African bush. Pods of 50 hippopotami grunt and splutter throughout the day, while out-sized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape. Magically, the air is torn apart by the unforgettable high duetting of a pair of fish eagles, asserting their status as the avian monarchs of Africa’s waterways. Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork – the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds.
The Akagera National Park offers a variety of wildlife in Rwanda and the activities to encounter include the game drive, boat ride, camping and bird watching among others.