Akagera National Park is the only place to watch the game on a Rwanda Safari and one of the the most scenic parks with stunning views of the mountains, forest & Lakes. Found in the east of the country at the border of Rwanda & Tanzania, the park reflects a totally different aspect of Rwanda known for the rolling hills, it is relatively warm with undulating plains. The park is mainly covered by swamps, lakes and the main Akagera river that runs along its eastern border, this river acts as the primary water source in the park.
Though not comparable to other wildlife National Parks in East Africa, and with the bad history of human pressure on the park you can be surprised to know that Akagera National Park plays a host of big and small game that include elephants, buffaloes, lion, leopard, hyenas, Giraffe, zebra , oribi, bush-buck, the statuesque Cape eland antelopes, bush baby, baboons, black tailed mongoose, serval cat, side striped jackal, warthog, the awkward Tsessebe, crocodiles, hippos and a reasonable list of the birds coming to about 550 species with the likes of the rare shoe-bill stork, Jacanas, fish Eagle, Sand pipers, Ibis, herons.
Akagera National Park sits on an area of 1085 km², about 60km long and 30km wide. The eastern part of the park is filled with swamps and a number of small and interconnected lakes them most pronounced by Lake Ihema, these water bodies make is a perfect point for the mammals to quench their thirst
What to do
Mainly done on the southern side of the park, with two major trails; the Lake Ihema trail which stretches from the entrance, way the way to the northern Nyungwe gate. This trails is very scenic as it takes you through most of the dotted lakes. The second trail is that rotates around Lake Birengero
Boat rides are done on the largest of the other lakes, Lake Ihema which is in the southern part of the park. The rides are worth the try with bountiful chances to spot hippos, crocodiles, and a good number of birds like the malachite & pied kingfisher, blue headed coucal, mash flycatcher and many more.