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Rwanda Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is the only wildlife Park in Rwanda and covers an area of 2,500 km².  The park is located in North East Rwanda and is surrounded by Akagera River bordering Tanzania. This Park has typical grasslands of the African Savannah. It is enriched with series of lakes, marshes and papyrus swamps. Wildlife is abundant here and some of which include: elephant, buffaloes, gorillas, zebras, antelopes, lions, leopards, giraffes and so on. This is the only park in Rwanda where game viewing activities can take place. This was gazzetted as a protected area in 1934 covering an area of 1,200 sq km in the low-lying grasslands, woodlands and protecting wetlands. Its name was derived from the twisty Akagera River which used to surge along its eastern boundary powering into Lake Ihema, which is the largest among the several lakes enclosed in the Park.

The Park is also well known for baring the largest species of antelopes (statuesque Cape eland) and this has attracted many tourists to the Park.

Attractions in the Park:

The Park is dominated with a variety of attractions which include;

  • Akagera River which is a productive habitant for many wildlife species like different bird species
  • Lakes like;  Ihema, Kivumba, Hago, Mihindi, Rwanyakizinga which are areas for different aquatic life.(  Crocodiles and Hippos)
  • Akagera National Park is a large concentration area for mammals e.g. Hippos, Crocodiles, Topis, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, Bush baby, bushbuck, lions, Maasai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, Oribi,  Butchel's zebra and warthogs. In this case, Endemics include Jacanas, ibis, herons and sand pipers and Mitumba hills.

Accessibility to the Park

The best way to get to Akagera National Park is to use the main surfaced road at Kabarondo, about 15km north of Kibungo. Reaching Akagera on public transport is quite problematic and you can never walk individually while in the Park and so you can only move when you are with the ranger guide

Activities at Akagera National Park

National Park offers a wide range of activities some of which include:
  • Boat Rides on Lake Ihema. This activity offers a close encounter of crocodiles, hippos and bird species like the open-bill stork, African darter and cormorant, colorful African jacana, fish eagles, jewel-like malachite kingfisher hawk and pied kingfishers
  • Game drives to search for animals like elephant, buffaloes, gorillas, zebras, antelopes, lions, leopards, giraffes and so on.
  • Camping alongside the picturesque lakes of Akagera
  • Fishing from Lake Ihema

Accommodation

There is basically 1 accommodation facility in the Park and this is Akagera Game Lodge. There is also Dereva Hotel outside the Park.
There is also camping facilities in the Park