Akagera National Park

A stark contrast from the terraced hills that characterize much of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is an area of low-lying grasslands, dotted with numerous swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. With its wide variety of habitats, Akagera National Park is not only scenic, but home to a diversity of plains game, including zebra, giraffe, buffalo, elephant and hyena.

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  • Encounter the rare and prehistoric shoebill stork
  • Explore vast Lake Ihema, home to a variety of water birds
  • A diverse range of habitats and biodiversity
  • The world's largest antelope species and thrilling leopard sightings
  • Witness the towering Mutumba Hills
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In the picturesque lakes, pods of over 50 hippopotami grunt and splutter while outsized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape. It would be rare to see lion and sitatunga which are present but restricted to more inaccessible areas.

Birders will love the Akagera National Park with its 525 species of birds. It hosts some of Africa's most dense concentrations of waterbirds. These can be viewed on short boat trips giving you the opportunity to get close to birds such an African fish eagles, marabou storks, crowned cranes and hopefully the bizarre shoebill stork, possibly the most eagerly sought of the African birds.

Whilst game numbers aren't high you should see plenty on a visit of between one and two days and enjoy a park with few other visitors. For this reason alone it is worth the drive from Kigali. The park can be visited on a day trip but should you wish to spend the night which is recommended it is best to stay at the Akagera Game Lodge with wonderful views over Lake Ihéma.

It is best to avoid the park in the rainy season (Dec, Mar and April) since many of the routes become impassable.

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