Welcome to Akagera National Park Rwanda
Akegara national park derives its name from the River Akagera which is mainly dominated by a labyrinth of Lakes and swamps that follow the meandering water course of the river. It is one of the most scenic national parks in Rwanda.
The Akagera river is the most remote source of Lake Victoria and has been argued by some to be the source of the Nile river.
Akagera national park is bordered by Tanzania on its eastern side and covering an area measuring about 900 square Kilometers. The altitude of the park is between 1250m – 1825m above sea level.
The park was established in 1997 and its vegetation is mainly savannah grassland, swamps and papyrus which is a common feature of many rivers in Africa.
Wildlife in Akagera national park Rwanda
Akagera national park has a wide variety of animals. Some of the wildlife that one can expect to see in Akagera include: zebra, crocodiles, buffalos, lions, elephants, hippos, spotted hyenas, giraffe, leopards to mention but a few.
The national reserve boasts of large number of bird species including both water birds and those that live in the savanna. There are over 500 recorded bird species and these include 44 raptor species, that is; Paleartic migrants and Balaeniceps rex. Some of the raptors include Glareola nordmanni, Falcon naumanni, and Gallinago media.
Akagera national reserve is also the northern most part where you can find the Zambezian biome species such as the myrmecocichla arnotti, Lanius souzae and cisticola angusticauda.
- Bird watching
- Wildlife viewing
- Spot fishing along Akagera river and other lakes round about the river.
- Boat rides to see hippo pods, birds, crocodile, buffalo, water birds and elephant along the banks.
- Mitumba hills tour