Rwanda National Parks

Akagera National Park

The Akagera National Park covers 2,500 sq.km locates in North eastern Rwanda, against the Tanzanian border. It was founded in 1934 to protect animals in three eco-regions of savannah, mountain and swamp. It includes lakes including Lake Shakani and Lake Ihema. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows through it.

Akagera National Park is scarcely more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. The park is set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania. The park is mostly dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile.

What to see in Akagera National Park
When you visit Akagera national park, expect to find herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.

Camping alongside the picturesque lakes of Akagera is a truly mystical introduction to the wonders of the African bush. Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork; the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds. Akagera National park generally features a large concentration of bird life with over 520 species identified including the endemics such as the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers and herons.

Above all, Akagera is a big game park where you can find herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.
Where to stay: Accommodation in Akagera National Park can be attained in Akagera Game Lodge, and Campsites.