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Rwanda Wildlife,Primates 5 Days Akagera wildlife & Volcanoes Gorilla Safari
5 Days Akagera wildlife & Volcanoes Gorilla Safari – Rwanda.
AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Set at a relatively low altitude on the boarder with Tanzania, Akagera National Park is characterised by sweeping grasslands and rugged acacia woodland, interspersed with a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile. This breath-taking landscape is an exhilarating change from the magnificent rainforests that dominate most of Rwanda.
Akagera provides a real eye opener to the wonders of the flora and fauna of the African bushland, with herds of elephant and buffalo emerging from the woodland to drink at the lakes. An observant visitor may also spot a stealthy leopard, hyena or pride of lions resting in the cool shade provided by the feral acacia trees. Akagera National Park is almost bursting with more then a dozen species of antelope, most commonly the handsome, regal impala, but also oribi, bushbuck, tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope, the striking Cape eland are resident within the park.
At the end of June 2015, the African parks in partnership with Rwanda Development Board, has released seven translocated lions into Akagera National Park. The five females from and Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and two males from Tembe Elephant park,both in South Africa,were brought to Rwanda in a ground breaking conservation effort for the country.
So we expect the cats family growing in large numbers in few years to come as some of the females were identified pregnant recently in January 2016
ACTIVITIES IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
- Game Viewing
Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to also view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies.
Boat trip on Lake Ihema
The boat trip in the Akagera at Lake Ihema will reward you with a large number of Hippos,Nile crocodiles, plus many water birds and correction of reptiles.
Camping in the Akagera.
Camp sites in Akagera for the more adventurous or for those traveling on a budget with beautiful views and night wildlife songs.
5 Days Akagera wildlife & Volcanoes Gorilla Safari
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport
You will be met by your tour guide on arrival at the airport and drive to the East, through the beautiful undulating plains, composed of dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland, also with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland, check-in Akagera Safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Akagera National Park Game drive
An early start this morning as you join your ranger in an open vehicle for your safari into the Akagera National Park. A half day game drive offers you the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. Return to the lodge for lunch.
Proceed for a boat trip after along Lake Ihema, where you will have a closer look on water animals like Crocodiles and Hippos, coupled with large concentration of bird life; over 525 species identified. Unique species such as Shoe billed stocks and papyrus gonolek can be encountered. Endemics include the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers and herons.
Return to your lodge for dinner and a chance to discuss today’s sightings!
Day 3: Akagera – Volcanoes National Park
Start an early drive this morning after breakfast; return to Kigali and connect to Park National des Volcans (PNV) in the north for an absolutely unparalleled experience of Mountain gorilla tracking. Check-in at mountain Gorilla’s Nest or Kinigi Guest House near Kinigi station – Park Headquarters for lunch.
Take a walk through nearby forests to nearby crater lakes for scenic viewing, bird watching and photography. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla’s Nest/Kinigi guest house.
Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
At 7:00 am local time, breakfast at the lodge will be ready. 30 minutes will be enough for your breakfast and then transfer to the nearby park headquarters where you will be briefed by park ranger on how to carry out gorilla tracking
Hiking on the slippery and muddy Volcanoes slopes with nettles is quite challenging. But the encounter with mountain gorillas erase all the bad memories! You will be allowed to stay with these close relatives of man (mountain Gorillas) for at least an hour for observation and photography.
In the evening visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Return to your lodge for dinner and folk tales at the fire place.
Day 5: Final Day of the Safari
After an early morning break fast, embark on a half day hike to Mt Bisoke, which is topped with a beautiful crater lake, take photos and later connect to Kigali International Airport for your flight back home.
End of the tour