Akagera National Park
By Daniela Tavares |
Travel to Rwanda, live an unforgettable safari experience at Akagera National Park and strengthen your bonds with wildlife.
SAFARI IN RWANDA
When you hear the word “safari” many wild animals may come to mind but, did you know that you can see them from up close in a safe way while also contributing to Africa’s development?At DINKtravelers we invite you to visit the Akagera National Park in Rwanda, where you’ll find hundreds of species that will change the way you understand nature.
ABOUT AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Covering over 1,122 km2 that house lakes, swamps, savannah, and highlands, Akagera is managed by Rwanda’s government and the African Parks association. Together they work to protect wildlife and strengthen the bonds between the natural environment and the locals, especially given that today, economy in Rwanda depends mainly on tourism. For this reason, the park has created programs to prevent illegal hunting and reintegrate threatened species such as the lion and the red-crowned crane. In the near future, they also hope to reintegrate the white rhinoceros thus making sure that Akagera has a Big 5 Park status, which means that it would be home to the 5 most dangerous animals in Africa: the lion, the elephant, the buffalo, the rhinoceros and the leopard.
Apart from the above mentioned, you’ll also find other popular species including giraffes, zebras, hippopotamus, hyenas and crocodiles, and even some more exotic animals such as the marshbuck (swamp-dwelling antelope), the impala, the olive baboon, and the diademed monkey. The weather in Akagera is also ideal for bird reproduction, so you’ll find around 500 species of birds, including the red-faced barbet.
ACTIVITIES IN AKAGERA
If you’re interested in having the best safari experience in Rwanda, we recommend staying for at least a couple of days in Akagera because activities there are very varied and the area is huge. You can take a guided tour on a 4×4 vehicle that will drive you across the areas where you’ll find greater concentrations of wildlife. These tours take place in the morning or in the evening, but there are some others that you can go on at night if you want to see certain species. Also, there’s the option of visiting part of the park on foot accompanied by a local tour guide, sailing on a boat on lake Ihema or going fishing in lake Shakani. Other tours include activities that involve the local community. For example, you can go bee farming, learn how to cook typical dishes or participate in a traditional dance.
In order for everything to go well during your visit to this marvelous place, we offer you the following tips:
- Remember that the animals you’ll find in Akagera are wild, so maintain a safe distance, don’t try to attract them or even less try to feed them.
- Wear light-colored clothes that cover all your skin to avoid insect bites.
- Pack a snack.
- Avoid actions that might damage the environment. No littering, please.
- Around Akagera there are lodging options that might suit you; you can make a reservation for a room at a hotel (in the southern area of the park) or try glamping in a special eco-friendly tent.
LIVING IN HARMONY WITH NATURE
This park’s worth resides in the fact that, because it houses an unrivaled natural wealth, both local communities and visitors learn about the need to preserve wildlife after seeing evidence of the huge benefits it offers the African continent and the rest of the world. Akagera creates job opportunities for local people and part of its revenues are used to build schools and health centers, and to improve the quality of life of Rwanda’s population.
If you wish to escape routine, enjoy a unique experience and help make tourism an activity that contributes to offering a better way of life for other human beings and for the animal kingdom, don’t hesitate and plan your next trip to Akagera National Park. We guarantee that you’ll learn a valuable lesson about establishing a good relationship with the living beings we share our planet with.