Rwanda is not particularly known as a safari destination. Buffaloes, leopards and elephants can all be seen here, but rhinos and lions are no longer in the area (although a reintroduction of these species is in the works). Because the Big Five are not found here, many safari goers don’t take the Akagera National Park very seriously. Unjustifiably so though as it boasts an unparalleled wildlife reserve.
Akagera is less famous than the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Parks in neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania. However, with a little less wildlife to be seen, it is also a lot quieter here. No traffic jams of droning Land Rovers full of people who vie for a spot to catch a glimpse of a snoozing lion or foraging giraffe. A safari in Akagera means travelling solo or only accompanied by a ranger. Take your time looking for herds of savannah elephants and Kaffir buffaloes and maybe even spot a leopard after its prey.
“At night spot the little moholi with bulging black eyes and large floppy ears”