Thursday, 16 July 2015

Trip to Akagera National Park

The most awaited trip to any national park has been done this weekend on 5th-6th July. I was searching for fellow traveler to make this happen in reasonable cost. And I did through CS discussion threads by a dutch guy. 
Our Beautiful Land Cruiser (Fifth member )

On morning of Saturday 4th July (Liberation day of Rwanda), I woke up in excitement to visit to beautiful national park of Rwanda. I joined the trip with four fellow travellers from Netherlands and Belgium. I went to their house after getting ready and having breakfast and collecting food items. We started trip from kigali at 9.00 am using personal Land Cruiser. It was great experience since fellow driver was so funny and interesting. We observed the roads, landscapes and read travel guides to get excited to see wild animals and birds. I talked regarding various topics, their travel itinerary etc. We entered the South gate of park and saw Monkeys, deers before reaching reception. 

Day 1: 
After reaching at reception, We bought tickets and paid camping charges worth 35000 rwf. This was so high for foreign traveller and very cheap for native citizens. I was excited and saw the collection of things at reception place e.g. arts, map, bones and head of dead animals etc. It was in mid of wild forest and very well managed. We were ready to explore the park since one guy knew the routes and also, park was well directed using route no. etc. We went towards Giraffe area first and saw Giraffe and Zebras as first animals. I was so excited to see and click pictures of them ( also with me) but I was resisted with friends considering risk in wild forest. Giraffe was really huge and staring at us thinking who are you and why you came to our home? :D . Then we moved on to see strange goats ( I don't know exact names but friend did ) Then we saw herd of zebras and gazelles again. It was really cool. One friend is fan of seeing birds or say, Ornithologist and carried a binoculars. he told us different birds name using his book 'Birds in East Africa'. I got to know many birds and saw using handy optical device. 
My friends (Donald and Luca) Awesome & Funny 
Eric & Ashok (:P) 

Then we headed to Lake Ihema for seeing hippos, wild buffaloes and others. I was quite friendly with them searching animals, birds and stopping car again and again. We had flexibility to see , picture any thing with immense time. I took very cool pictures of animals you can see. We went to lake but couldn't see hippos. We saw mountains of Tanzania in other end of lake. We moved back since it's getting late for camping near another lake. We reached to the Camp site and got ready for bonfire and night show. We had tried a lot to make fire in windy top area. Other group from Belgium helped us using Kapur slices. We had another group from US who were excited to celebrate 4th of July in mid of forest. We had eaten chips, cookies and drank cold-drinks. Another group had their food and Belgians cooked fish from nearby lake. We talked a lot about various things in three groups. After that , we watched clear sky full of stars lying on the grass. Others were so excited and felt fortunate but I saw that sky for my first 10-15 years everyday. But I saw Jupiter, venus and other stars using my mobile app too. And Eric and Luca (my friends) played classical songs which I didn't know bit of it. I was enjoying the time listening them and talking with them. At last, we got into tent with sleeping bags to sleep since we were supposed to leave early to see most of animals. 

Day 2 : 
I was woken up by Luca's call at 5.30 am but I wanted to continue my dream of some fort and sanctuary etc. Anyway, I woke up and came out of tent and felt very good. The damn before sunrise and cool breeze has made me crazy and I enjoyed like a child. We were ready to see Sun to come out from Tanzania side above the mountains behind long lake Ihema. We enjoyed that Sunrise, clicking pictures etc. Then we headed to the exploration of park. 

After Waking up from camps  in dawn of SunRise. I was so excitingly waiting for Sun

He was so scared but was curious to see
.... (To be continued)...