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Akagera Safari

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Get to Know Akagera

Exploring Rwanda’s only protected savanna is the perfect complement to a trek through the forests of the better-known Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks in search of gorillas and chimpanzees.

The unsung gem among Rwanda’s trio of national parks, Akagera lies in the relatively hot and low-lying east of this otherwise mountainous country, It is named after the meandering Kagera River, which feeds a vast and varied wetland complex of open lakes, dense swamps and connecting channels on its border with Tanzania. Gazetted in 1934, Akagera was reduced in area by some 60% and suffered terrible poaching in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, when many returned refugees settled along its borders.

However, it is currently undergoing something of a renaissance, following the appointment of the African Parks Network (APN), a non-profit NGO that took over most aspects of its day-to-day management and long-term planning in 2010.

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Why Akagera National Park?

  • Rwanda’s only savanna reserve
  • Boat trips on Lake Ihema all but guarantee close-up encounters with crocodiles and hippos
  • The most reliable site globally for the localised red-faced barbet
  • Superb aquatic birds including papyrus endemics such as the eagerly sought shoebill
  • Good elephant viewing

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FAQs about Akagera National Park

  • You can drive from Kigali to Akagera National Park via Rwamagana town (the entrance is only through the southern gate). The northern gate is currently only used for exit).
  • The journey takes about 2 hours to get to the park's entrance. Those who do not want to drive the two hours can fly to the park using the services of Akagera Aviation.
  • Akagera National Park is a protected area in eastern Rwanda that spans 1,122 square kilometres (433 square miles) along the country's border with Tanzania.
  • Akagera National Park has a number of game lodges, tented camps, and a few camping areas. Some of these include; Akagera Game Lodge, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Karenge Bush Camp and much more. 
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