Akagera Park safari offers great travel experience

Wednesday July 10 2019

A big group of buffalos in the Akagera National

A big group of buffalos in the Akagera National Park. PHOTO | Cyril NDEGEYA 

JEAN-PIERRE AFADHALI
By JEAN-PIERRE AFADHALI
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Akagera park offers a great travel experience with its game drive in the largest protected area in the country and a wealth of biodiversity.

It took us almost five hours to get to the park’s north gate from Kigali city, where we proceeded to Akagera Game Lodge located inside the park for breakfast.

The game drive experience is amazing with sights of impalas, chimpanzees and zebras.

Visitors can also spot elephants. However, we did not see buffaloes and lions. which are part of the park’s big five.

We did see some rare birds along the way.

Rwanda is mainly known for its flagship mountain gorillas trekking, but Akagera Safaris offers a different tourist experience.

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The park attracts many local tourists due to its low entry fees compared with mountain gorillas trekking, which seems to target high-end tourists.

We arrived at the park just as news of the relocation of eastern black rhinos from European zoos spread.

This brings the number of eastern black rhinos at the park to 25. Two years ago, Rwanda imported 18 rhinos from South Africa who have reproduced two calves.

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