At the most Eastern point of Rwanda lies the Akagera National Park, a huge area that is home to a vast array of plant and animals species and a popular tourist destination for site-seers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Unlike the mountainous terrain of the Volcanoes National Park, the Akagera National Park contrasts greatly and is made up of marshy and muddy areas that make the park rife with plant life as well as other species.
Akagera offers a great experience in the form of game drives (also known as safari torus) in which you can drive around the area and observe a variety of animals in their various species. Game drives to view zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, baboons, hippos, crocodiles and even elephants if you’re lucky!
It is fantastic to see animals in their natural habitat, and the game drives available at the Akagera National Park feel fairly unobtrusive so that you don’t feel like you are getting too close to the animals that you are invading their space, yet close enough to get a good look.
This is a great day trip for anyone that loves wildlife and keeps an open mind throughout the day as there may be a little waiting around for animals to appear. A great thing that most people find when going on a game drive is that they are alone on the trek – it can last up to 7 hours and early tours around the park may mean that you see hippos early at the lake and avoid seeing other vehicles.
Every person that goes to Akagera will have a different experience, so the best way to know what you will see is to go and see for yourself! With birds, plants and other game to spot on each and every journey, each time you go to this stunning National Park will be different from the last!