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Monday, May 9, 2016

Akagera National Park: The Real Safari Zone

Welcome to Akagera!

This post will be a little more cheery than the last. So, without further adieu ...

Akagera National Park encompasses over 1000 sq. km of eastern Rwanda and contains an array of wildlife which within this photography post you all will see. As a preface, the park has three main ecological zones including the hilly region, the marshy region, and the grassland. See if you can tell them apart. 

Park Jeep (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

Costs range from 25$ to 35$ USD for day trips, but private jeep tours are valued at a few hundred ($175 to $275 depending on the time frame). Other excursions include fishing trips and night tours with additional costs. For more information on prices, follow this link (this post is not about money)!

The park actually was reduced in size after the genocide, and the land was made into residential space for people. The park houses both native and imported east African species for conservation efforts. See for yourself!

Nile Monitor (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

(Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

Impala (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

(Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

This is some sort of antelope ... (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

Baboons (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

(Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

(Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

(Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

Elephant (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)

Sadly, there were no lions. The park has approximately 7 or 9 of them now, but they are very rare to see. I mean, the park is over 1000 sq. km. Anyway, tomorrow I will try post something about where I actually am now! I am a little behind because of the internet situation here at the village. Nevertheless, the safari was great and reminded why I enjoy zoology as a whole. Maybe I should have been a park ranger ... regardless, get ready for tomorrow. We will be in Israel soon too, which will be a little more updated. Stay tuned!

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