Akagera National Park is the largest and only Savannah park in Rwanda comprising of savannah, woodlands, wetlands, montane forests and a dozen water bodies; River Kagera, Lake Shakani and Lake Ihema. It is famous for wildlife & birding watching safaris in Rwanda. All the big five animals (Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and Buffaloes) are spotted here and a great concentration of water birds, shoebill stork and the papyrus gonolek, with over 425 species of birds recorded in Akagera National Park.

Akagera National Park which once had one of the highest populations of wild dogs in East Africa, lost most of its animal population after the Rwanda genocide in 1994. However, government effort to recover what was lost, as well as promote tourism in the park, has seen all the big five animals (Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and Buffaloes) return. Also zebra impala, oribi, bushbucks, eland, tsessebe, hippopotamus and crocodiles are spotted by tourists. 

The park is established near the border with Tanzania, covering an area of 1,222 square kilometres. It is approximately 110km from Kigali, Rwanda's capital and largest city. Speak to us today, our trained team of professional tour handlers are here to help plan your wildlife safari and ensure your venture into Rwanda’s wilderness is a once in a lifetime experience.

Attractions & Activities | Things to do in Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park has a decent number of attractions, including; the big five (Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and Buffaloes), River Kagera, Lake Shakani and Lake Ihema, with a number of sights and sounds to experience. Here are our top 5 things to do while in Akagera;

1. Game Drives

Game drives in Akagera National Park involve being driven by our experienced driver guides, along the tracks through the green savannah plains, past wide-leaved woodlands, into the habitat of bountiful mammal species. Our professional local tour guides know the areas where most animals usually spend their day and will endeavour to create you a unique memorable experience.

2. Nature Walks

Our management partners of the park offer nature walks in some areas of the park, allowing you more time and engagement with the butterflies, insects and plants that you could easily miss while on a safari drive. This is a good way to explore the park outside a game drive vehicle accompanied by our professional ranger guide.

3. Fishing

Fishing in Akagera National Park is done on Lakes, Ihema and Shakani, a thrilling experience to look out for, also a chance to fish at the serene waters accompanied by background music from chirping birds and hippos. You are free to keep your catch to roast, fry or grill and enjoy the taste of fresh fish from Rwanda.

4. Birding

Akagera National Park houses over 480 bird species, most of which are only found in this park, in Rwanda. There are birds in the savannah plains, in the hills, forests, by the lakes and at the river. For a chance to watch the different kinds of bird species, our bird watching specialist and guides will pay attention to your special requests and make sure everything happens as per your requests.

5. Boat Safari

A boat safari is a relaxing yet rewarding way to watch wildlife. It is an even more rewarding experience when on Lake Ihema, the second largest lake in Rwanda, known for its plentiful hippo population and crocodile dotted shores. We'll arrange you the very best boat safari to Lake Ihema in Akagera.

Accommodation:  Where to stay in Akagera National Park

Are you looking for places to stay in Akagera National Park? Contact us. We are available 24/7 to make travel more enjoyable with our concierge and personal assistance. We'll reserve you a luxury resort hotel in Akagera, arrange your activities and and trips.

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