After breakfast, we will drive to the Akagera National Park its 2 hours drive from Kigali City.
The Akagera National Park is set at a relatively low altitude in the border with Tanzania and it could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda.
Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland.
It is also part of the Lake Victoria regional mosaic habitats. It has a spectacular landscape of rolling hills, acacia and Combretum woodlands, grasslands, swamps and lakes following the meandering course of the Akagera River. Akagera is above all a big game country. Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink from the lakes. Giraffe and Zebra graze in the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, also commonly the handsome chestnut-coated Impala, but also the diminutive Oribi and secretive Bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope the statungas Cape eland. After lunch, we can have a late afternoon boat trip to Nyirabiyoro historical Island for Birding and marine wildlife. We can also have a Bird watching from here and we can at least have a checklist of open beak stork, cormorant, fish eagle, and pelicans among others. Other wildlife we can see is Hippopotamus and Crocodile. Nyirabiyoro is an Island of Lake Ihema which is the biggest lake in Akagera National Park. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
DAY 2: Game driving and birding (2)
After breakfast, we will have a Game drive in Lakes circuits via Mt. Mutumba (1825m) where we can have our Picnic lunch. This mountain commands stunning panoramic views of the park and far beyond into Tanzania. We can then drive to Kirara plain where big number of large mammals existing in Akagera National Park and can be easily seen. The Kirara is a plains savannah along the Tanzanian – Rwandan border. It is a swampy area containing nine lakes with numerous islands noted for their birdlife. Akagera’s animal life includes doguera baboons, bushbuck, crocodiles, duikers, elephants, galago (bush baby), genets, giant crested porcupines, giant elands, hare, hippopotamuses, hyenas, impalas, leopards, lions, oribis, palm civets, roan antelope, topis, vervet monkeys, wart hogs, and zebras. Lining the lakesthere are some of Africa’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus Gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork – the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds. Also look out for the cormorants, Gonoleks, Herons, Ibises, and Warblers among others. then can drive back to Kigali.