Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania about two hours drive from Kigali. Although founded in 1934, and in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km to its current 1,122 sq km. The park has beautiful and eco-friendly Accommodations fitted in the park which range from Luxury, Budget and Mid range
It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves. It has a wide range of biodiversity part of which is a protected wetland.
Species in Akagera National Park
It’s a home to a variety of game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. The game includes elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland.
Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bushbuck, and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, and bush babies often seen on night drives. The park is hoping to restore the Akagera “Big 5” status by the re-introduction of the black rhino to join the already reintroduced large predators leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal, and lion.
Other Species in Akagera National Park
Due to its wide variety of habitats, Akagera is a good bird watching (birding) site with nearly 500 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus swamps with other rare birds such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers.
activities carried out in the Akagera National Park include:
- Game drives day
- Boat Trip
- Sport Fishing
- Birding (bird watching)
- Night game drives