Wildlife as a Rwanda Safari Attraction in Akagera National Park
The Park management conducted two Ariel counts of wildlife in the year 2010 and 2013 and the outcome indicated a positive trend in the rise of park’s population of wildlife. The Akagera National Park’s diverse landscapes support diverse habitat dwelling species including the Sitatunga antelope (Tragelaphus spekei) that is restricted to papyrus wetlands and the rare Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex).
The extensive savannah stretches support a range of grazers and the predators that survive on them. Animals like Elephants (Loxodonta africana), Topi (Damaliscus lunatus topi), the Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Zebra (Equus quagga boehmi), the roan antelope (Hippotragus equines), defassa waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) and the eland (Taurotragus oryx) thrive in the park. Other wildlife species in Akagera National Park include; duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), bohor reedbuck (Redunca redunca), the oribi (Ourebia ourebi), the klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus), the impala (Aepyceros melampus) and bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus).
Akagera National Park also supports counts of Primate Species including the Olive Baboons (Papio Anubius), the vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythus), blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) though rare, the nocturnal Galago and the Bush babies which combine to make the Akagera National Park worth exploring while on Rwanda tours. The large predators including Lions, Leopards and Hyenas along with small predators like mongoose species, side-stripped jackal, serval and viverrid species also thrive in the park.