Akagera National Park is located in Eastern Rwanda, and it overlooks the savannah plains of Tanzania. This park, the only protected savannah region of the country, shelters a range of lakes including Ihema-the second largest in Rwanda, as well as Rwanyakizinga, shakani, Mihindi, and Gishanju lakes which together combine to form the largest wetland system in the whole of central Africa
Following the end of the Rwandan Genocide, the national park was depleted, with returning refugees using trees for timber and wild life food- lions were hunted to extinction, as were Rhinos. Biodiversity was almost completely ruined and tourism and local commerce disappeared
The park has recovered remarkably, so much in that that in 2017 it witnessed the return of black Rhinos for the first time and after the reintroduction of lions, their population is now on an increase.
With strict anti-poaching monitoring methods in effects, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards have also been spotted again, with a growing population of monkeys as well
The park offers the traditional suite of Rwanda savannah safaris experience, with game drives and lake adventures, boat cruise, birding and nature walks.
Bathing in the waters is strictly forbidden since they are the home of some of the largest concentrations of hippos in East Africa.
This palace, now known to be a museum, is located in the outskirts of Kigali city; in the eastern side. It was known to be the residence of the Rwandan president before the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Prior to this tragedy, the palace had housed two Rwandan presidents plus their families
A visit to this historically noteworthy palace you an insight into the tragedy happened on April 6th 1994, when president juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was gunned down. Unfortunately, he was in the company of the Burundian president, who did not survive either
It contains debris from this catastrophic occurrence which gave impetus to the already mentioned 1994 stain in Rwanda’s history, whereby the embittered Tutsi and Hutus wieldedpangas plus other deadly tools at each other, massacring everyone who crossed their path; young or old, male or female, innocent or guilty
Besides the alluring history behind this palace, there are some features about it that are worth seeing. These include the various fruit trees in the compound, the art piece that was gifted to the then president, plus the lavish nature of this democide which has become a much sought-after museum for most history lover.
A tour guide on site is position to give visitors all details denoting to all the rooms of this building, plus any other mementos one may be curious about
King’s Palace Museum
Situated in Nyanza ya Butare district, presently known as Huye, this history laden site was constructed in 1932.
It is a traditional stead with an unmistakable tinge of modernism to it, and a blend of these makes this place a must visit place for all tour enthusiast
According to www.visitrwanda.com it is a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence, and the King’s palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive
This ethnographic museum encapsulates a great deal of Rwandan monarchial history, which sort of rule was abolished after Rwanda’s independence from their colonial masters.
In its backyard, the cattle that formerly belonged to the monarchy are tended to, and their lineage has been maintained even after the abolishment of the kingdom that rewarded them as a great source of prestige
These cattle, which have a striking resemblance plus some genes of the famous Ankole long-horned cattle of Uganda, have one intriguing attribute.
From the time they are mere calves, they are nurtured to listen to their voice of their herdsmen, and these sing them soothing songs and take care of them like the precious jewels they are.
While at the palace, therefore, one gets to experience all the aforementioned plus some royal regalia like the symbol of power, mats and chairs, all made in a peculiar way
Situated in the southern arm of Akagera National Park, lake Ihema has more to it than meets the eye. It is not the second largest lake in Rwanda, but it also enjoys a high degree of protection, owing to the fact that it sits in the aforementioned national park.
According to www.globalnature.org the main threat to this revered Rwandan lake is water hyacinth, which the lake has in abundance.
Water hyacinth is an aquatic plant that multiplies at a high rate, and is known to be unlikeable to the areas outside its native range.
Therefore, the presence of the water hyacinth on this lake is not just as a serious threat to the biodiversity of the region, but it also hinders water transport.
Its damaging effects, among others include, lowering the quality of water because it covers the water and reducing the quantity of dissolved oxygen, phosphate and temperature, resulting in the direct decrease and disappearance of biodiversity of the affected water body.
Additionally, the lake is connected by the Akagera swamps with the Akagera river, which implies that this water hyacinth could be easily spread into nearby waterways such as Lake Victoria and the Nile River
A boat cruise on this lake will give you the opportunity to see a variety of aquatic life like birdlife, elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.
However, since Lake Ihema is not that blessed with a plethora of fish types, yes should only anticipate seeing a few of these reptiles here and there.
In any case fishing is highly restricted on this lake. In spite of all this, your sightseeing expedition on a boat cruise on this lake will still be rewarding undertaking