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Rwanda is one of the best destinations in East Africa to see Elephants, Sighting Elephants in Akagera National Park. Large herds of Elephants can be seen in Akagera National Park. For many years the elephant populations in this park have been devastated by poaching, habitat loss and human conflict however through Africa Parks which took over the management and protection of this park, this has helped create safe havens for elephants in Akagera National Park by stopping poaching and reducing human elephant conflicts while also ensuring that local communities benefit from their existence both directly through Jobs and indirectly.
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Other things to do and see in Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is home to a variety of animals to film these include all the Big 5 animals (buffaloes, leopard, elephants, lions and rhinoceros) making Akagera one of the best places in East Africa to film the Big 5 animals. Other notable Savannah animals to film in this park include the topi, hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, eland, zebra, serval cats, duiker, impala, black masked civet, reedbuck, hyena, waterbuck, mongoose bush pigs, giraffe, side-stripped jackal, Klipspringer, Sitatungas, Antelopes and roan antelope. Among the primate species include vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons and bush-babies.
Boat cruise on Lake Ihema
On a boat trip on Lake Ihema found in Akagera national park is real Paradise ideal for your safari, you will be able to see its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant water birds on the island in the middle of the lake. Contact us to plan your visit to Akagera National Park for unforgettable wildlife experiences and exceptional cruising worth spending your honeymoon here.
Game drives/ Wildlife Viewing.
Akagera National Park is a top destination in Rwanda and wildlife viewing is one of the highlights of African safari experiences you will get. Akagera National Park is once again home to the Big Five, following the reintroduction of seven lions in 2015 – which bred successfully and doubled in number within a year as well as 18 Eastern black rhinos in 2017. Other animals found in Akagera include Leopard, hyena and side-striped jackal make up the larger predators in the park. Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Primates can also be seen in the Park such as olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bush babies often seen on night drives
For honeymooners interested in Birds, Akagera National Park is an important ornithological site with 525 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers. The range restricted Red-faced barbet is probably the most sought-after bird and should be easy to find around Akagera game Lodge and Muyumbu campsite. Other range restricted species and highlights include Northern Brown-throated Weaver; Papyrus Gonolek; White-Winged Swamp Warbler; Carruthers’s Cisticola, White-collared Oliveback, and Grey-crowned Cranes. The park is also home to good populations of raptors and large numbers of water birds. Wake up to the beautiful sounds of Birds in Akagera National Park
Cultural and community Experiences
African community encounter will complete your safari experience here, you will also have a cultural experience of the traditions and cultures of the local people, Learn about milking cows and traditions around cattle and milk on a farm in the Eastern Province; or spend time with banana beer and honey artisans to see how local products are made. All revenues generated by these visits are shared with members of the communities you visit.
Where to stay on Safari in Akagera National Park
Accommodation options to stay in during Sighting Elephants in Akagera National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Akagera Game Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Camp, Karenga Bush Camp, Dereva Hotel and Magashi Lodge among others. Contact us here for reservation and booking details.
What is the best time to visit Akagera National Park?
Sighting Elephants in Akagera National Park is done throughout the year and the best time is during dry season months of June to September and December to March.
How to get to Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park can be accessed by air and road. The drive will take you about 3 hours from Kigali to get to the park. There are scheduled flights from Kigali to the park organized by Akagera Aviation.
Rwanda Visa Advice
You will need to purchase the tourist or Business visa for you to get into Rwanda for safari. Many travelers prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Rwanda but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Kigali International Airport upon paying either USD30.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Those who come from countries that benefit from the Rwanda Visa Waiver For example From the East African Community member states, USA, COMESA Member states among others don’t need to pay for the Visa and they will be cleared upon arrival at any point of entry into Rwanda contact us here for more details.
Why book with us your Safari for Sighting Elephants in Akagera National Park
Eco Adventure Safaris offers amazing Africa safari experiences to Akagera National Park and Rwanda as a destination for the past years. Contact us here for our discounted packages and also tailor made gorilla trips, birding, cultural experiences and golden monkey tracking, gorilla trekking, Wildlife viewing among others. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced Team and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us to Rwanda.