Akagera National Park

General Information

Located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa. Akagera combines well with Nyungwe and the Volcanoes NP to offer a great safari trip as it is home to many large plains game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. Notable plains game includes elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, velvets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bush babies often seen on night drives.

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