The continuing contrast of Rwanda is one of its greatest virtues. In the previous post, the landscape was predominately the western part of Rwanda. Now, you go east towards Tanzania. The geography changes from the Thousand Hills to the savanna. Here you find Akagara the national park with its dedication to increasing the wildlife population. Before the war, this was a great wildlife refuge. Rwanda is now rebuilding the park to provide the visitor a visceral experience. On an Akagara, safari, you view hoof stock, hippos, elephants, giraffes, and birds, birds, birds.

The estimate of bird species in the world is over 10,000. The continent of Africa has about 2,300. In Rwanda there are 666 Akagera has one of the longest species lists for any conservation area in Africa, over 525 species. In essence, there are three Rwanda’s; Kigali, the capital, Western Rwanda with the Mountain Gorillas and the Nyungwe National Park, and in the east Akagara.

You rise early to soak in a sunrise over Lake Akagara. Sometimes, the mist and fog hide the waters, when suddenly the Equatorial Sun removes this veil providing you with a deep sense of the mystery of the African continent. After breakfast, you begin the tour that brings you in close contact with the varied wildlife of the park. Each turn offers herds of Zebra, water buffalo, and the ever pleasant and comical wart hogs with their curly tails.

The park shares a border with Tanzania. On the way to the park, you see the small communities that surround it. Once you enter Akagara you embark on an African safari adventure that sticks to your soul.