Interrupting Big Cats’ Lunch at Akagera National Park

Shema the lioness pulling away on her kill
Shema the lioness pulling away on her kill

Rwanda is one of the most spectacular countries on the African continent, many can attest now, and I absolutely love traveling there.

The Akagera National Park is legendary for its stunning landscape, extraordinary biodiversity and conservation success, but truly, like I came to find out, there is a lot more to it.

One of the most extraordinary stories in this jewel-of-a-country, is the story of Akagera National Park — the biggest in Rwanda — and its lions.

The writer in front of Akagera Game Lodge

The writer in front of Akagera Game Lodge

On Tuesday, I and a group of international journalists, courtesy of the Rwanda Development Board were welcomed at the park in the eastern part of the country.

We spent a night at Akagera Game lodge and the following morning we were on the road through the vast woodland.

On the game drive, we were able to catch all the big five; leopards, buffalos, giraffes, elephants and lions.

Most thrilling of this however, was bumping into a pair of lions, fresh from the hunt.

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They had just slain a spiral horned deer and were ripping it part when we pulled up.

The couple, we learnt are named Shema, the lioness and Ngabo the lion.

Moses, one of the officials from the Rwanda Development Board was the first to notice them.


One of the beats let out a what-are-you-staring-at groan, as we all scrambled for our cameras.

It was such a clear and breathtaking moment.

Ngabo the lion was gentle that he pulled away when he noticed that we were there observing them but Shema stood her ground.


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