Akagera National Park- Wildlife Safaris: Rwanda Tours.
Akagera National Park is a protected area in eastern Rwanda covering along the international border with Tanzania. It was founded in 1934 and includes savannah, montane and swamp habitats. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into Lake Ihema and several smaller lakes. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over a third of the park, which is the largest protected wetland in Eastern-Central Africa.
In 2009 the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the African Parks Network entered into a 20-year renewable agreement for the joint management of Akagera. The Akagera Management Company was formed in 2010 as the joint management body for Akagera National Park. Security measures that were taken include: the construction of a western boundary fence which measures 120.0 kilometers, deploying an air surveillance helicopter, training of an expert rhino tracking and protection team and a canine anti-poaching unit.
In July 2015, seven lions from South Africa were introduced and released in the park, making them the first lions in Rwanda for 15 years. This effort was described by African Parks as “a ground-breaking conservation effort for both the park and the country” as part of a project aimed at reversing the local extinction of the species in Akagera National Park. Since 2015, the population has grown and it keeps growing.
In May 2017, the reintroduction of around 20 Eastern black rhinoceroses from South Africa was made which had been absent for 10 years. With the reintroduction of black rhinos and lions, the national park is now home to all of Africa’s “big five”: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo. During June 2019, Akagera received a further 5 Eastern black rhinoceros from 3 different zoos in 3 different countries located across Europe.
A tour company will take you on the three-hour drive from Kigali, organize your entrance to the park and coordinate game drives and other excursions. The company can also arrange extended experiences in Rwanda and Uganda after your safari.
Ruzizi Tented Camp
Ruzizi Tented Lodge, a fully solar-powered collection of nine gorgeous tents decorated in classic Rwandan style and connected by long wooden boardwalks. When making your way to your room for the night, you may have the first sighting of animal: butterflies so massive and vibrantly colored.
At Ruzizi Tented Camp really anything tastes divine when served in this setting: a boardwalk extending out to the lake, perfectly shaded from the sun during the day and home to a warming fire by night.
Main activities in the park includes, game drives, boat cruises, and bird watching