All You Need To Know about Akagera National Park- Rwanda
Location: Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania and was established in 1934. Kibungu is the city that is nearest to the park and the best starting point.
Altitude: 1250–1825metres above sea level
Rainfall: 750-850 millimeters per year.
Area: 1122 km2
Access: Road access is 2 to 3 hour drive from Kigali-The Rwanda’s capital city.
Best viewing season: The best times to visit is during the drier seasons from June to August and December to March as it is not the best to visit the park in the rainy season (April-May/October-November) since many of the routes become impassable.
Accommodation: There are accommodation facilities on the edge of the park at Gabiro, 100km to the north. Currently we have Akagera Game Lodge, Akagera safari lodge and Ruzizi tented camp.
Attractions: Akagera is mostly fairly low-lying grasslands, savannah plains, rolling hills and valleys more typical of Rwandan countryside. The Akagera River feeds into a series of lakes, marshes and papyrus swamps that constitute central and eastern Africa’s largest protected wetlands extremely diverse with a variety of habitats, wildlife and birds, and some lovely scenery.
Fauna: Impala, Buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, Topi, Reedbuck, Eland, Oribi, Masai giraffe, Bushbuck, sable and roan antelope call Akagera national park home. Burchell’s zebra, Hippo and Crocodile are commonly seen. Most seen birds include numerous African fish eagles, marabou stork, crowned cranes, open-billed stork, cormorants, herons and egrets.
Viewing hours: Akagera National Park can be visited daily from 7h00 to 18h00.
Particularities: The game drive in Akagera provides an opportunity to see gentle hills blending in beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. This park is known for its richness in water birds in the East African region and one of the exceptional places to view papyrus endemics. Some of the common species include lilac-breasted roller, black headed Gonolek, Heuglin’s robin-chat, Grey hornbill, Ross’s Turaco and crested barbet.
Must do activities
- Birding Watching
- Guided Game drives
- Fishing Safari
- Night Drives
- Boat Ride on Lake Ihema