AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Akagera National Park (ANP), located in the north-eastern region of Rwanda 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. Founded in 1934, with an area of 1,122 km2, it is the largest protected wetland in central Africa and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted animals and plants in Rwanda.

Akagera National Park is home to lions, leopards, servals, hyenas, jackals and giraffes, large herds of buffaloes, zebras, rhinoceros and several antelope species. Elephants congregate around the lakes that are inhabited by more than 800 hippos as well as Africa’s largest freshwater predator, the Nile crocodile.

Embark on an authentic day or night guided African savannah and rolling highlands safari, or experience forest fringed lakes on a boat ride in one of the most scenic reserves in Africa. If you are lucky you may even come across the secretive blue monkey, bush baby or sitatunga swamp- dwelling antelope. Akagera is an important birding area with nearly 500 species, of which 99 are not found in any other Rwandan national park. Of note are the rare and elusive Shoebill, the Red- faced Barbet and the exquisite Papyrus Gonolek.