The Best Travellers guide providing you information and updates about Akagera National Park in Rwanda. This includes, what to do, what to wear, when to visit, and much more. Please note that this is a privately owned website and it is not managed and run the government of Rwanda.
Located in Northeastern part of the Republic Rwanda along Rwanda’s boundary with Tanzania is the Famous Akagera National Park. The Park is closer to a town called Kibungu the perfect starting point for tourist activities in the park.
Name after River Kagera, Akagera park currently covers a land area of 1,200sq kilometers. This is dominated by tiny lakes and swamps because of the zigzagging of River Kagera. River Kagera is the most distant head-stream of River Nile as well as Lake Victoria’s largest tributary. The different water sources form a spectacular network making an amazing Eco-system.
Surrounded by beautifully cultivated hills that form a breathtaking background perfect for photographs. Akagera national Park vegetation is majorly comprised of a low landscape comprising of broad plains that are covered with grass, shrubs of Euphorbia candelabra similar to cactus and patches of forests. Unlike most parts of Rwanda the terrain here is not hilly and rocky.
The History of Akagera National Park
Established in 1934 to protect wild animals and the varied vegetation, Akagera is the biggest protected wetland in Africa.
The Akagera National Park used to cover a land area of more than 2,500 square kilometers in the past. However, by 1997 the size had reduced to nearly 50%, due to the need to re-settle the 1994 Rwanda Genocide refugees. This led to a great deal of poaching and also cultivation of food on the park land. Leading the government of Rwanda reduce the size of the park to just half its initial size.
Despite the reduction in wildlife and vegetation in the past, Akagera National Park has regained its glory. This has been possible due to the joint management of the park by Rwanda development Board together with African Parks. The new perimeter-fence together with anti-poaching strategies have made a significant difference to the population of resident wild animals.
Compared to its neighbors in East Africa, Wildlife in Akagera is not abundant but enough to make your safari Memorable. A Game drive in the park allows you to spot different animals including; elephant, numerous buffaloes, lions, and birds living in the varied habitats in the park.