Wildlife & Animals – Akagera NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Rwanda.

Akagera has now become a Big Five destination after the reintroduction of lion and black rhino. However, people only focused on Big Five species may be disappointed. Buffalo is very common, but elephant can be difficult to find. The newly introduced lions are remarkably relaxed, but sightings are hit-and-miss. Black rhino is the most recent addition, but they are very shy. Leopards can be spotted on night drives. There are a lot of plains species, including Burchell's zebra and Masai giraffe.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
ElephantOccasional
GiraffeOccasional
HippoAbundant
BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
LionRare
HyenaRare

Wildlife Highlights

Akagera is home to 11 antelope species. The most common throughout the park is the gracious impala, but of particular interest are the big herds of topi. Defassa waterbuck are regularly seen around the lakes and bushbuck is a widespread resident in the woodland areas. The rare sitatunga antelope is difficult to spot, but is known to reside in the swamps.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The Dry season from June to September is the best time for wildlife viewing in Akagera. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the lakes, which are a big feature of the park.

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