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.
Akagera National Park features undulating hills marked with Brachystegia and acacia Woodland interrupted by open grassland patches before paving way for swamp fringed lake series. This diverse landscape provides for existence of a range of flora and fauna which combine to make the park an exciting destination for Rwanda Safaris and Tours. The famous Mutumba hills to the north of the park rise to 2,000m and offers incredible view of the park savannah plains, Lakes, Rivers and swamps below.
Akagera National Park established in the year 1934 formerly covered 2,500km2 before it was reduced in size to provide the much needed land for the Rwandan refugees who were returning home following the Rwandan Civil War of 1994.
But nevertheless, Akagera National Park is still a sounding conservation area rich in fauna and flora. The park management has also considered the species re-introduction programme which is helping to bring the back some species that had faced extinction. For example, seven lions were re-introduced in the park in July 2015 and they have multiplied to restore the feeling of the King of Jungle in these Savannah stretches. The travelers on Safari in Rwanda also find it more exciting. The plan to re-introduce the Rhinos is also in the offing.
Other species that were restored in the past include; the Masaai Giraffe that was brought in 1986 from Kenya, the Black Rhinos that were introduced in 1958 – 59 but later got extinct in 1980s and finally elephants that were restocked from Bugesera following their extinction in 1961.
Akagera national park Rwanda is one of the three Safari National Parks which include: Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe national park found in Rwanda
Rwanda Safari Attractions in Akagera National Park
Wildlife as a Rwanda Safari Attraction in Akagera Park
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. The Akagera
Birds as a Rwanda Safari attraction in Akagera Park
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 Palearctic
Water bodies as a Rwanda Attraction in Akagera Park
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 system
Night Game Drive Safari activity in Akagera Park
The remarkable landscapes of Akagera National Park can also be explored at night. The night game drive activity presents an opportunity to explore the cats and nocturnal dwelling species
Rwanda Safari Activities in Akagera National Park
Boat trip as a Rwanda Safari activity in Akagera Park
Travelers’ on safari to Rwanda can participate in an exciting boat cruise on Lake Ihema – the Rwanda’s second largest lake in Akagera National Park. The exciting and recreational encounter
Sport Fishing as a Rwanda Safari activity in Akagera
The sport fishing adventure is another exciting Rwanda Safari activity in Akagera National Park. The sport fishing activity is carried out on Lake Shakani and stands an experiential activity that
Game drives as a Rwanda Safari activity in Akagera
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
Birding as a Rwanda Safari activity in Akagera Park
With 500 bird species in Akagera National Park, the birding activity in this park is by no means ordinary. The diverse park habitats offer rich birding opportunities and the birding activity can
How to get there on Rwanda safari to Akagera National Park
• 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.