Game driving Safaris in Rwanda
Game drives are a highlight of your visit to the Savannah national parks while on your wildlife safaris in Rwanda. Game drives in Rwanda can also be incorporated in your other Uganda and Rwanda safaris like the gorilla trekking, birding safari and cultural safari itineraries by adding extra days to a Savannah national park. They provide the best way to explore the numerous national parks in the custom-made safari vehicles i.e. Safari vans, Land cruisers and the larger coaster buses which are comfortable enough while on safari. In Rwanda, games drives are only done in Akagera National Park which has opportunities of sighting the different animals while in the comfort of the safari cars.
Rwanda is mostly associated with the Mountainous landscape that sprawls from the central to the western and northern parts of the country. However the eastern region breaks this monotony with grassland plains, swamps and lakes, containing Akagera National Park. Game drives through park offer sightings of game such Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Zebra and a variety of antelope species. There are cats such as Leopards, Jackals, and Spotted Hyenas but these are very elusive.
Akagera National Park the prime destination for game drives is located in eastern Rwanda with great views of the plains and animal sightings. It hosts the entirety of Lake Ihema within its borders. The park is home to about 500 bird species and several mammals with the notable ones being Lions (recently re-introduced), Giraffes, Elephants, Bushbucks, Buffaloes and many more. The game drives happen in the northern part of the park but note that the park entrance is in the south.
Amazing Game Drive Safaris in Akagera NP
Animals in Akagera national park
Akagera national park is home to a variety of wildlife which include, elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, lions. It is home to several antelopes like bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, impala and world largest antelope – the Cape eland. You can watch schools of hippos and crocodiles basking in the sun near lake Ihema. The common primates in Akagera national park are olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and bush babies who are often seen on night drives.
Game drives in Akagera National Park
Game drives in Akagera national park are done in safari vehicles starting early morning in search of the leopards, hyenas, and the recently re-introduced lions. This is because the predators prefer to hunt at night or early morning and usually go into hiding as the heat from the sun increases. Along the carnivores, enjoy the scenery of this beautiful park and several other big mammals like Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, Zebra and Giraffes. The landscape and beautiful wild flowered will make for good pictures for the interested photographer. Experience a classic African Safari in beautiful Akagera National Park. With Lake Ihema in the background and cooler temperatures, this is a safari experience unlike any of Rwanda’s neighbors.
Game Drives in Rwanda Guide
Karisimbi Safaris is your ultimate choice with a tailor-made game drives in Rwanda for you and providing you with a 4WD safari landcruiser and a wonderfully personable driver, whom you’ll appreciated for his knowledge of all-things-Rwanda and, especially, his flawless local tales collection, which will have smiling alone for days. The company can also arrange extended experiences in Rwanda and Uganda after your Rwanda game drive safari.
Other Activities on a game driving tour in Rwanda
Other activities include an afternoon boat safari on Lake Ihema to sight some aquatic wildlife, and game that come to drink along the shores. Hippos and Crocodiles are a common sight in the lake. Birdlife in the park is very impressive with more than 525 species recorded in the park.
Recreational fishing is available on the shores of Lake Shakani. Main fish caught is catfish and tilapia and you have the option to retain your catch or release back into the water.
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