Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

Overview

On the northeast of Rwanda, spread over 1,122 sq km is the breathtakingly picturesque Akagera NP. Named after the Akagera River that runs on its east, it is one of the oldest park in Rwanda and reminiscent of the undulating savannahs interspersed with acacia woodlands typical to East Africa. Although established in 1934, it was not until very recently the park started creating ripples when in 2010 Rwanda Development Board and the nonprofit conservation organization African Parks started managing the park in a public-private joint venture. The dramatic landscape of Akagera is an interesting mix of diverse habitats that range from the characteristically Rwandan rolling hills and valleys on the west, while to the east River Agakera fed broad-leaved forests fringed labyrinth of lakes, papyrus swamps, and marshes that form the largest protected wetland in central and eastern Africa. A region of high levels of biodiversity the diversity of habitats today plays host to nearly 8000 animals and a game drive on the verdant grasslands will give you sightings of herds of buffalo and impala, giraffes, zebras, elephants, the elands, the klipspringer topis, antelopes, including the rare and elusive aquatic sitatunga near the papyrus swamps. You will also come across the catlike genet, the black masked civet, black-tailed mongoose, warthogs, bush pigs, serval cats. Akagera’s management recently introduced seven lions in 2015 and 18 eastern black rhinos were re-introduced in May 2017, restore Akagera’s ‘Big 5’ status. Though the species of predators is not high you can spot the occasional leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal in the park. A sunset boat trip on Lake Ihema, the largest in the series of lakes in the park will yield sights of lively hippos and basking crocodiles. The park is a haven for ornithologists and birding enthusiasts with its nearly 500 species of avifauna including several endemic species such as the red-faced barbet besides Raptors, sought-after Shoebill Stork, papyrus Gonolex.

Suggested Packages

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