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Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Lake Ihema is one of several bodies discovered in Rwanda and the AKagara National Park.  While on safari in Rwanda, visitors can see a variety of animals and other interesting species. Akagera National Park produces one of the greatest memories and makes it the most comfortable for visitors. A boating safari in Rwanda is a popular destination for visitors searching for a boat on Lake Ihema, one of the Akagera national park’s major lakes. Ihema is located within the Akagera national park, which is home to the big five species and can only be reached by entering this Rwandan savannah park. Rwanda has four national parks: Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Gishwati Mukura National Park, and Akagera National Park, which is the only park that offers animal game drive safaris.

Lake Ihema is found in the Akagera national park, which is home to Rwanda’s big five wildlife. To get to Lake Ihema, first visit Akagera National Park, which is one of Rwanda’s most rewarding national parks, along with Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park. Various activities can be carried out and attractions can be observed at Akagera National Park to guarantee that you have an entertaining trip.

There is much more to see at the Akagera national park, as well as a variety of activities that you may participate in to experience most of what the Akagera has to offer. You may reach the Akagera National Park by taking a road transfer from Kigali to the northeast of the country, which takes around 2 hours. You might also take a 30-minute domestic flight with Akagera Aviation and land near the park. The Akagera National Park is located on the border between Tanzania and Rwanda and has two entrances: the southern and northern gates. It is around 110 kilometers from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. You can start here and do all of the safari activities that are available.Akagera National Park

How to access Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Driving to Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Driving to Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

To visit Lake Ihema on your Rwanda tour, you must first visit Akagera National Park, as the lake is located within the park. Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda, near the Tanzanian border. Akagera National Park can be reached via road transport, which will be provided after your flight to Kigali International Airport. And depending on your location, you can access the northern or southern gates. Because the distance between Kigali and the park is around 110 kilometers, you will be able to reach the park in two and a half hours from the city. It is recommended that self-driving tourists use private means of road travel because public transportation, such as buses, will take a long time to reach the park.

Still, self-driving tourists should engage a guide once they enter the park. A guide who can be hired at the park entrance and will be informed about the park is essential for you to have an entertaining experience in the park. While on your trip to Lake Ihema, you will have the opportunity to participate in different activities and explore the following attractions in Akagera National Park.

There are safari activities that you can do alongside Lake Ihema in Akagera.

Seeing the big five animals in Akagera National Park: The big five creatures can only be found in Akagera National Park in Rwanda. It has all five of the big five animals, which may be observed during game drives: leopards, lions, buffalos, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. If you are interested in visiting Akagera National Park to see all of the big five animals, you will have the most exciting adventure because the park’s size allows you to see the animal species in the shortest amount of time possible, which is not the case in other parks that have the big five animals. Therefore, if you want to view the big five creatures, consider Akagera National Park for an unforgettable experience.

Game drive safaris in Akagera National Park: You will be able to go on game drives at Akagera National Park and witness a variety of game species. You can have a morning game drive in the park and a nocturnal game drive in the park where you will see several animals, but for nocturnal animals, you will have a chance to see them in the nocturnal game drives where you will see several hyenas and lions trying hard to catch prey for their dinner, which is such a nice display to see. Some species that are not visible during the day can be sighted during nighttime game drives.

Other attractions and activities include cultural encounters in the Humure refugee village and the Inema crafts village, where you will see Rwandan culture explained through art. The Humure refugee village will teach you several cultural values in Rwanda, such as their traditional dress code, food, and other interesting cultural attributes. Visiting the Akagera National Park will allow you to have a great time because it is one of the Rwanda tour packages that will ensure you have a great time in the country. However, among the activities and attractions that can be seen in the park, one to highlight is Lake Ihema, which will provide amazing experiences in the park.

Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

The location of Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Lake Ihema is located in the southern portion of Akagera National Park and receives its water from a river tributary of the Akagera River, which supplies several lakes in the park. Lake Ihema is the largest lake in the park, and it is obvious that it is the largest lake in the park. The lake is endowed with diverse biodiversity, containing 155 bird species, including the endangered shoe bill stork, papyrus gonolek, jacanas sandpipers, Malachite Kingfisher, and herons, among others. Around the lake, there are several papyrus marshes where you may witness a variety of bird species, hippos, buffalos, and other animals. The papyruses also serve as bird sanctuaries for a variety of bird species in the park, making it an excellent birding location when there. You will participate in a variety of activities when visiting Akagera National Park to visit Lake Ihema, as mentioned below, but you can also participate in several activities in other regions of the park to have an incredible experience.

Activities to do on Lake Ihema

The lake attracts several waterbirds and other bird species that can be seen on the boat cruise or during your game drive in the park, such as flycatchers, sunbirds, Cardinal Woodpecker and weavers, White-tailed Blue Monard, African Harrier Hawk, grey-crowned cranes, herons, egrets, the cardinal woodpecker, the levillant cuckoo, slender-billed baglafetch, weavers, and levillant that can be seen either trying to catch prey in the lake or lining up near animals such as buffalo, which are widespread in the area.

Game viewing while on Lake Ihema: While at the lake, you will get exceptional views of the park that will be rewarding while in the park. At the lake, you will see some animal species that can be seen: rhinos and buffalos trying to take a dip in the water of the lake; elephants quenching their thirst; egrets and several bird species on the backs of the elephants, which is a nice view of co-existence among the wild animals in the park. A variety of amphibians and reptiles may be seen in the park. For example, crocodiles can be seen sunbathing or patiently waiting on the antelopes and zebras to quench their thirst, and if they are unlucky, the crocodiles can attack the animals for prey, which can be an exciting sight to see.

The boat cruise on Lake Ihema: The boat tour on Lake Ihema is well-known for making it easier to spot the park’s bird population. There are planned boat cruises, and each person on board is expected to pay $35 for a one-hour boat ride. The boat journeys begin in the early morning hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., followed by another morning trip from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and two evening boat trips from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., also known as the sunset cruise. If you want to schedule a private boat ride, you can do so any time between 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., but you must charter the entire boat and will not be charged per person. You will have a front-row seat to observe a variety of aquatic life as they swim and play in the water; wild creatures at the lake’s shores arriving to quench their thirst; and countless birds that dwell on the water and others as they fly away to their nests on your boat excursion. You will watch the currents of the Akagera River as they flow into the lake and other lakes, and you will appreciate the magnificent views of the surrounding vegetation, which includes distinctive plants, trees, and papyrus.

Aside from the Lake Ihema boat journey, you can go on a day or night wildlife drive, a behind-the-scenes tour, walk the line, participate in community cultural events, or go camping in Akagera National Park. Contact our professional tour coordinators to help you arrange your ideal Rwanda safari. This makes the safari experience extremely interesting.

Spot fishing in Lake Ihema

Spot fishing in Lake Ihema

Sport fishing on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park: A variety of activities are available in the park on Lake Ihema, but one of the most interesting is sport fishing. To participate in sport fishing in Akagera National Park, you must have a sport fishing license. Because the park focuses on conservation, the activity involves catch and release, and you are only allowed to catch mature fish, not young ones. However, as a way of rewarding tourists who participate in the activity, one fish is given to them to keep among the fish caught.