AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK RWANDA
Akagera National Park is found in the East of the destination Rwanda overlooking the savannah plains of Tanzania. Stretching to 1,122km2 in size, Akagera National Park is the only savannah protected area in the whole of Rwanda and is currently run under Public private partnership by the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks. The name Akagera is derived from the majestic Akagera River recorded to be one of the sources of Nile River – the longest River in the world. Besides the Akagera River, the Akagera National Park shelters a range of lakes including Lake Ihema – the second largest in Rwanda, Lake Rwanyakizinga, Lake Shakani, Lake Mihindi and Lake Gishanju which together combine to form the largest wetland system in the whole of Central Africa. Read More
The Park management conducted two Ariel counts of wildlife in the year 2010 and 2013 and the outcome indicated a positive trend in the rise of park’s population of wildlife.
Akagera National Park is an Important Bird Area and is endowed with 500 bird species including the papyrus gonolek and the Shoe bill stork. The Park supports 44 raptor species,
The range of swamp fringed lakes including Lake Ihema – the second largest in Rwanda, Lake Rwanyakizinga, Lake Shakani, Lake Mihindi and Lake Gishanju form the largest wetland
The savannah stretches of Akagera National Park offers an exciting game viewing experience during the game drives. In a 4X4 Safari Vehicle and in the company of a Professional guide, you
- The drive distance from Kigali to Akagera National Park is 135km about 2 ½ hour’s drive.
- The drive from Rwamagana / Kibungo – the main town in the East of Rwanda to Akagera National Park is 1 hour drive.
- The park can be accessed through the two gates in the southern and northern side respectively.
- The 4X4 Vehicle is recommended for the drive to Akagera National Park especially in the dry season.
- The travelers on Safari in Rwanda can as well reach Akagera National Park by public means. One takes a public taxi from Kigali to Kayonza and Kibungo. The taxis operate every day. From there, one can get a private hire or use the Motorcycle to reach the Park.
Official Location Of Akagera National Park In Rwanda
Map Showing the route to Akagera National Park Rwanda From Different areas
Travelers’ interested in Camping experience while in Akagera National Park can take advantage of the following campsites that are positioned with in the park.
Mutumba Campsite is located on Mutumba hill thus enjoying a panoramic view of the extensive savannah stretches dotted myriad of wildlife including Roan Antelope and herds of Elands.
Shakani Campsite is located on the Lake Shakani shores and offers the sounds of birds and Hippos. The campsite offers close access to Lake Shakani which is to the advantage of the Rwanda Safari undertakers interested in sport fishing experience.
The Muyumba Campsite is located on the ridge with the views of Lake Shakani, Tanzanian plains and Lake Ihema. This is close to Kiyonza Park entrance. The Campsites in Akagera National Park have shared bathrooms and pit latrines. The guests are supposed to carry own water and the firewood can be provided. For those interested in hiring tents, they can be hired at the reception.
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Akagera National Park is found in the East of the destination Rwanda overlooking the savannah plains of Tanzania. Stretching to 1,122km2 in size, Akagera National Park is the only savannah protected area in the whole of Rwanda and is currently run under Public private partnership by the Rwanda Development Board and African Parks.