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A Rwanda Safari to Akagera National Park- Rwanda Safari News

A Rwanda Safari to Akagera National Park

It’s well-known that Rwanda is a country of gorillas and as a result, thousands of travellers flock this small but beautiful east African nation to undertake a magical Rwanda gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park the home of Rwanda’s elusive mountain gorillas.

It is not so surprising that Rwanda has managed to craft its tourism industry centring on this lucrative gorilla safari Rwanda experience.

A gorilla trekking safari Rwanda to Volcanoes Park gives you an opportunity to meet any of the 10 habituated gorilla families that are found within this park for your ultimate Rwanda gorilla trekking safari experience.

According to figures from the Rwanda development board, Rwanda tourism revenues are on a forward trajectory earning 438 million dollars in 2017 which increased by 48 million dollars from the previous year’s 390 million dollars.

Most of this revenue has been generated from activities surrounding gorilla safaris Rwanda. Besides Rwanda gorilla safaris Rwanda is a destination of choice for an epic Rwanda wildlife safari adventure as it is home to a myriad of wild game found in Akagera National Park.

Akagera National Park is located in Rwanda which is found in the eastern region of the African continent along with geographical co-ordinates of 01o 38’S 30O47’E. Akegera National Park.  This park is situated about 103km or 2.5-hour drive Kigali city the capital of Rwanda.

As you plan a wildlife safari Rwanda to Akagera National Park, you have to know that Akagera Park experiences tropical savannah climate which is characterized by low amounts of rainfall- this is evidenced by short summer wet seasons where the area receives between 15-25 inches of rain per month and very long dry or winter seasons with fewer 5inches of rain per month, scattered umbrella trees, open savanna grasslands with short grass and relatively high temperatures which can rise to between 25-32oC

Rwanda’s Home of The Africa Savanna Big Game.

Wildlife safari visit to Akagera National Park gives you an opportunity to meet numerous wild attractions that roam freely in this pristine African savanna national park for example mammal species like African elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, roan antelopes, topis, zebras, sitatungas, oribis, duikers, primates in Akagera National Park include olive baboons, vervet monkeys, and bushbabies can be seen during night drives in the park, predators that are found here include lions which now tally to a pride of 20 in number that were re-introduced in the park beginning from 2015, leopards, striped hyenas and African jackals.

In 2017, 20 eastern black rhinos were brought to Akagera National Park and now Akagera National Park boasts of being one of the few national parks in East Africa to have all the African big 5s present, these include lions, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and elephants.

Akagera National Park is rich in bird species and boosts of a count of about 500 bird species which include the elusive shoebill stock, papyrus gonolek and numerous water birds that roam the skies over the waterlogged areas found in this national park.

Akagera National Park also has very beautiful scenic views given its rolling hills that can be seen from a distance, forest ringed lakes and papyrus swamps that play host to a wide variety of wildlife.

A wildlife safari to Akagera National Park isn’t any different from a Uganda safari to any of the numerous Uganda wildlife safari destinations such as Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park which has have rich biodiversity of wild mammals ranging from Africa’s big five game such as elephants, rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards and lions, other animals you will encounter on a Uganda wildlife tour to any these parks include giraffes, hippos, greater and lesser kudus, impalas. What perhaps make a Uganda tour to these destinations better is that are you have an opportunity with safari in Uganda to have a chance to enjoy a premium Uganda birding safari experience as you get to see several of the 1060 bird species that are found in Uganda as compared to Rwanda’s less than 600 bird species.

Furthermore, a safari Uganda to Murchison falls gives you an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular boat cruise to the bottom of the world’s most powerful waterfalls Murchison falls and also engage in a hike to the top of these magnificent falls and have a spectacle as you get to watch water tumble through a narrow 7 meter gorge before tumbling 43 meters below

Akagera’s Conservation Journey.

Conservation in Akagera began in 1934 when over 2500sqkm of land were gazetted as game reserve and this was basically about 10% of Rwanda’s total land area but in 1997 due to population increase, almost half of this conservation area was degazatted to bring the park to its current size of 1122sqkm of land as of today.

Akagera national park during its early days used to be the largest habitat for wild dogs and as a matter of fact, the Belgian colonial government considered these dogs a pest.

Unfortunately, these dogs were attacked by an epidemic which saw the entire colony of wild dogs disappear from Akagera Park with the last dogs in Akagera being seen in 1984.

In 2009, Rwanda development board entered a 20-year agreement with African parks network which gave birth to the Akagera Management Company in 2010 which has taken great strides to conserve the wide range biodiversity within this park by investing over 10million dollars in conservation efforts for example construction of a fence of about 120km or 74.6mi on the western boundary of the park in a period of about 5 years.

This company has also overseen the restocking of this Rwanda marshland park with wild animals donated from other conservation areas around the planet for example in 2015, 7 lions were brought to Akagera from south Africa’s conservations areas i.e. Phinda Private game reserve, Tembe Elephant Park in KwaZulu Natal.

Recently in 2019, 5 rhinos were brought to Akagera from various conservation areas and zones in Europe to further increase Akagera’s rhino population.

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