highlights and main attractions of akagera national park

Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s equivalent of some of Eastern Africa’s savannah reserves, the low-lying park is nestled in the east of the country on the border with Tanzania. The habitat of undulating plains covered in dense woodland and grassland, leading to swamps, lakes and papyrus forests to the far east contrasts heavily with the mountainous landscapes for which Rwanda is typically known, and those looking to concentrate their itinerary on Rwanda but with some variety may wish to include this in their plans. 

The concentration of game is lower than other parks in East Africa, however it is possible to enjoy plain game species that are not seen in the western areas.

where is akagera national park?

Ecosystem

The oldest of Rwanda’s national parks, Akagera was established in 1934 with the aim of protecting the wildlife found within its differing ecosystems of swamps, plains and mountains. The area of the park is approximately 900 square kilometres which makes it relatively small in size but with a variety of topography from west to east. From Kigali, you will reach the park in approximately two hours, so it is possible to visit on a short day trip from the capital.


The plains are home to a variety of animals such as buffalo, elephants, impala, giraffe, zebra and many antelope. Around the lakes you may see hippos wallowing or crocodiles on the river banks. The area is also great for birdlife with raptors and water-birds in the wetlands, which can be viewed on specific boat trips along the rivers. There are some bird species not found in other areas of the country such as Nyungwe Forest National Park and amongst the water birds you may see are crowned cranes, storks, fish eagles, herons, cormorants, and egrets.

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