Akagera national park covers an area of 1122 kilometers squared located in the eastern part of the country. The name Akagera is derived from the Akagera River in the park claims d to be source of the Nile which is the world’s longest river. The magnificent Akagera national park is covered with lakes, swamps, acacia woodlands and so much more. The park was established in 1934. Akagera national park is the country’s only savannah national park. This Rwanda national park is one of the best sports for wildlife safaris in Rwanda.
Akagera national park is named after river Akagera that runs through it, the park is also home to a number of Zambezian home species. Lake lhema in the park boasts with one of the highest concentration of hippopotamus in Africa. Akagera national park covers a total of 1200 square kilometers in the eastern Rwanda, the park was founded in 1934 this was to protect vegetables and animals these include Mountains, Savannah, Ecoregions, Swamps.
The name Akagera is derived from the word Kagera River which flows along the eastern boundaries it feeds to a number of lakes and one of the largest Lake Ihema, the system of linking papyrus and lakes makes a third of the park, it’s one of the largest protected wetland in Eastern Central Africa. In 2015 some lions from South Africa were introduced in Akagera National park these were the first lions in Rwanda for 15 years.
In 2017, Rwanda reintroduced around 20 Eastern black Rhinoceroses from south Africa. These animals had been absent for a period of 10 years. More than 50 black Rhinos lived in the Savannah-habitat of the park. The population has declined due to Poaching this was confirmed in 2007 with the amazing reintroduction of black Rhinos and lions, the park are a home to Africa’s Lion, elephants, rhinos, Big five and Buffaloes.
Akagera national park harbors various wildlife like forest elephants, cape buffalos, zebras, giraffes, roan antelopes, deffasa water bucks, bush duikers, mountain reed bucks, Oribis, Klipspringer, impalas, bush babies, galago, water bucks, side striped jackals, hyenas, leopards and so many others.
Akagera national park is a birders paradise in Uganda with about 500 species of birds some of the birds that can be spotted in Akagera national include; red faced barbet, swamp fly catcher, black headed heron, grey backed fiscal, grey crowned crane, African fish eagles, double toothed barbet, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, spur winged lapwing, African fish eagle and many others.
While in Akagera national park tourists can do boat riding in Lake lhema, tourists will be able to see the neighboring Tanzania and hippopotamus and crocodiles close to their boast not forgetting water birds such as papyrus gonolek, rare shoebill stork, African fish eagle and malachite kingfishers to mention a few.
Nocturnal game drives
Tourists can take exciting game drives at Akagera national park and view several cats sprawling on their prey and see a lot of nocturnal animals some of the animals to see are lions, leopards, hyenas, civets, bush babies and many others.
Fishing in Akagera national park can be done at Lake Shakani and the fish caught can be later enjoyed at your respective lodge for dinner. Tourists in Akagera national park can sleep in lodges such as Dereva hotel, Akagera game lodge, Ruzizi tented lodge, Mutamba campsite, Muyumba campsite, Ruzizi tented camp, Karenge bush camp and many others. Akagera national park can be reached in 3-4 hours drive from Kigali.