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Water bodies in Akagera

Lake Ihema In Akagera National Park

Situated in the south of the park, Lake Ihema is also one of the most interesting Rwanda tourist attractions in Akagera.

The Lake is fed by Akagera River and its the biggest lake in the park, covering an area of 90 km2  with a depth of 5 to 7 meters depending on the area and the season. The eastern lakeshore also forms the border between Tanzania and Rwanda.

This lake is also rich in biodiversity except for the fish. Ihema is home to crocodiles and hippos. The is a perfect spot for travellers on bird watching tour of Rwanda. It hosts a variety of birds including

  • Shoebill storks
  • Papyrus gonoleks
  • Plovers,
  • Ibis,
  • Malachite Kingfishers
  • Jacanas, and others

Lake Ihema is also surrounded by the large seasonal as well as the perennial papyrus swamps which are significant habitats to Akagera National Park animals. You can take a boat safari within Akagera Park along Lake Ihema

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