Wildlife in Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park used to be one of the finest wildlife reserves in Africa. Through the century park area was decreased for two thirds.
Although current wildlife abundance can not be compared to those in Kenya and Tanzania.
To fully understand the situation of struggle for wildlife in Akagera National park you have to know the history. In late 90s refugees started coming back and inhibiting two thirds of the park. Deforestation and de-gazetting took huge toll on parks wildlife along with poaching and degradation of the environment. Today after decades of struggle to restore wildlife in Akagera National park, park is slowly recovering and nowadays home to 8000 large animals.
On safari to Akagera National Park you will see animals like eland, reedbuck, Impala, oribi, waterbuck, giraffe, bushbuck and roan antelope.
In the swamps hippos and crocodiles, while predators are still scarce. It is possible spot lions and leopards and hyenas.
On the other hand, savvy bird lovers will be pleased to know there are near 500 bird species in Akagera. Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek,Red-faced Barbet, White-headed, Black and familiar Chats, White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers and Miombo Wren-Warblers.
Good to Know
- Independent safari goers with own vehicles can hire a guide for self game drive at park headquarters. Half day hire costs 25 USD, full day guide rate is 40 USD.
- Children up to five years have free entrance.
- It is possible to reach Akagera with public transport and rent park vehicle for a half or full day
Wildlife: eland, antelopes, elephants, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, water buck, giraffe, leopard, lions
You will not see sable neither black Rhino in Akagera park at the moment but park authorities plan to reintroduce them in the future.