Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda covering 1,122kmsq along the western border of Tanzania. It was founded in 1934 and it includes lakes, marshes, savannah, mountains and woodland habitants. The park has the largest protected wetland in the world. It originally covered 2500kmsq and now it covers 1,122kmsq due to land distribution access that happened in 1997. Akagera National Park touches no Kayonza, Gasibo and Kyankatera districts in the eastern province of Rwanda. This park was created to protect animals, vegetation, mountains and swamps in this province. The security of Rwandan country and easy access to the park has led to the number of tourists every year and now it’s among the most visit destination in the world.
Activities in Akagera National Park
The man activities include game drives where you have a lot of chances to spot more wildlife like herds Giraffes elephants. Buffaloes, zebras and baboons with many more including antelopes. boat ride on lake ihema provides with the opportunity to spot hippos, crocodiles and other aquatic species and takes you to Kwanyarabwoyo are small but historical island where you find crocodiles and hippos resting at the beach. Akagera National Park has also over 500 species of birds, and you can carry out bird viewing on your adventure boat cruise on Lake Ihema or in the savannah park on game drives or nature walks.
How to get to Akagera National Park
Akagera national park is located in eastern Rwanda and east of Kigali capital city of Rwanda and it can be accessed by two means. Driving from Kigali takes about 2- 3 hours by road at covers over 110kmsq from Kigali and the journey offers you great amazing sceneries on your way with many hills and valleys. You can access Akagera by using an internal flight from Kigali international airport to Akagera national park and this takes approximately 30 minutes using Akagera aviation which offers you the helicopter.