Akagera park provides Game drives especially if you have a 4X4 vehicle. They offer safari Guides at no extra charge and these will help you trace your way as you drive through the park. All game viewing circuit is restricted to one main road which runs northwards beginning at the headquarters of the park found at Lake Ihema. This road runs close to most of the lakes in the park, or it may be reached by a short junction. North of Lake Hago, the road separates into 2 major branches, one going west to the green Mutumba hills. on the other hand the possibility for game drives is restricted because this park may only be reached near to Lake Ihema or at the Akagera Game Lodge. You may drive from the gate at the park entrance up to Mutumba Hills in the distant north and also return in only a half day’s drive. To continue further north it requires the best time of the day, with an option of using the one way exit route that is north of the stunning Lake Rwanyakizinga taking you to the main tarmac road all the way up to the border with Uganda. on the other hand, the tracks found in the far-way north are pretty vague, and necessitate that you are accompanied by a safari guide. Head back to the main road, and you could leave the safari guide at Kabarondo or Kayonza junctions from there he will return to the park headquarters using a motorbike.
Starting at the park entrance gate, a rising and falling road goes through the dense scrub going for over 5km to the stunning Lake Ihema. It is found on a damp mosquito infested island near the eastern shore of the renowned Lake Ihema. Additional information regarding the biodiversity of the wonderful Akagera national park may be got from the park headquarters.
Akagera supports the large game within Rwanda! Herds of elephants plus buffaloes are seen coming from the woodland to drink at the different lakes, and lucky visitors may even see a lion or even a spotted hyena.
Giraffes plus zebras walk through its savannah, and over 12 species of antelope live inside the park, especially the good looking chestnut-coated impala, however also the very small oribi plus secretive bushbucks, in addition to the awkward tsessebe plus the cape eland which is the largest antelope in the world can all be seen here.
Camping next to the beautiful lakes in Akagera is a truly magical
Groups of about 50 hippos grunt and play in the water all day long as the giant crocodiles soak in the sun with their huge jaws threateningly open. Amazingly, the air is frayed by the high dueting fish eagles, revealing their status as the greatest monarchs of waterways of Africa. There are great numbers of water birds that usually live on the water line of the various lakes, as the linking swamps are the home of the exquisite yet in danger of extinction papyrus gonolek, plus the majestic shoebill stork which is Africa’s most sought after bird.
The elephants found in Akagera National Park where brought in from Bugesera (in Kigali) back in 1975 and at that time they were only approximately seven years old.
In total, 26 elephants were introduced in that year and these includes 14 males plus 12 females. Among those, just 3 (Mutware – the Chief, Mwiza and Hélico) have been habituated, and the rest are still wild.
The 2 (Mwiza and Hélico) eventually followed the wild herd so Mutware, is up to now alone and continues to cause damage, and perhaps it is for this reason that he is really famous.
And because people only hear stories about this solitary elephant, the story goes that there is only one elephant in Akagera National Park.
However, presently the population of elephants within the park is over 80.
Fortunately, Mutware survived the terrible 1994 genocide, however he lost his ivories. Today he is the major attraction within Akagera park and people travel from various parts of the world into Rwanda just to meet with this giant elephant that is now a residence of Akagera.
Elephants plus buffaloes walk in somewhat large herds, while leopards, spotted hyenas plus lions are seen by lucky guests normally hanging about in the wooded areas. Zebras plus Giraffes are mainly seen in the open grasslands. In addition you will see over 12 species of antelope within the park such as the nice-looking chestnut coated impala. The Shy bushbuck roams within the bushes while the oribi is a unique sight together with world’s largest antelope – the Cape eland plus the tsessebe.