Akagera National park

Akagera National park

Akagera National park

Akagera National Park is a protected area in eastern Rwanda covering 1,122 km2 (433 sq mi) along the international border with Tanzania. It was founded in 1934 and includes savannah, montane and swamp habitats. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into Lake Ihema and several smaller lakes. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over a third of the park, which is the largest protected wetland in Eastern-Central Africa.

The relatively warm and low-lying plains of Akagera comprise savannah, woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes.

The largely open expanse is ideal for game viewing safaris, and steps are taken to ensure the Big Five roam the park in greater numbers over the course of time.

Since 2010 poaching has been cut to an all time low, with the introduction of a helicopter, a canine unit and rhino trackers.

A family of lions from South Africa is settling in well, and breeding successfully, and 18 eastern black rhinos have also been reintroduced.

Visitors can also encounter buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible 490 bird species, plus much more.

A boat trip on Lake Ihema is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera national park, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant waterbirds on the island in the middle of the lake.

The only way to explore the park is by vehicle, whether through Bujuku Ecotours or self drive.

Sleeping within the park is possible, at various lodges, a bush camp in the north at select periods, or camping in specific sites.

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