Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania.
The park covers a span area of 1,200 km² and can be seen to be dominated by three vegetation, i.e. Mountain, savannah and swamp.
That its name stem from the kagera river that flows along its eastern boundary emptying into several lakes, the largest being lake Ihema.
The park was founded in 1934 with a clear goal to protect animals and vegetation in their three Eco regions as stated above.
It possesses one of the largest protected wetland in central Africa because of its complex system of lakes and the linking papyrus swamps recorded to occupy over 1/3 of the park.
Akagera amalgamates well with the Volcanoes National park and Nyungwe to offer a great safari element.
It is known to be a home to many large plains game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps like the sought-after Shoebill Stork, Sitatunga.
Notable plains game include zebra, waterbuck, roan, elephant, buffalo, topi, antelope and eland.
Also, the other antelope are duiker, oribi bush buck, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, and impala.
More to that, some primates can be seen during day time in this region, like, velvets, olive baboons and the secretive blue monkey while bush babies can be seen on night drives.
It’s on record that in 2016, more than 30,000 tourists visited the Akagera national park, due to the reintroduction of the Transvaal lions and the black rhinos.
The national park has furthermore been recorded to be one of the homes of the ‘big Africa’ i.e. rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo.
The vegation in the area makes it of no doubt to known to harbor over 500 different bird species. You can spot out elusive shoebill, papyrus gonolek and other water birds.
Historically, it is recorded that the park ranges were settled in the late 1990s by the former refugees, who were returning after the fierce civil war in the country.
More so, the land was scarce. And in 11997, the government decided to regazet a small portion, thereby giving out the rest to the natives to settle in.
It was clear enough, the park reduced in size from a recorded figure of 2,500 km² to 1,200 km².
You can spot out most of the best grazing savannah outside the gazetted boundaries.
Due to the unstable environment, the refugees who came back after the war, killed the Transvaal lions in a need to secure their cattle and their lives.
These lions, had been previously brought from South Africa in 2015 july, and introduced in the Akagera park, not until they were perished by settlers.
What to expect here:
Game drives, Boat Trips & Fishing, Birding, Behind the Scenes, elephant, numerous buffaloes, lions, zebras, giraffe among others and birds