Akagera National Park

Background
The named after River Akagera which flows that flows along its eastern boundary. The climate of the park is moderately warm with its undulating plains supporting a cover of thick broad leaved forest interspersed with lighter acacia woodland along with patches of grassland. The Akagera national park covers about 900 km of fairly low lying grasslands and woodlands in the east Akagera river feeds into a series of lakes, marshes and papyrus swamps with a variety of habitats and lovely scenery.

Location of the Park
The park is located eastern part of Rwanda near Kibungu Town with an area of which over 1,100 sq km. The park has a variety of wildlife including over 500 different species of birds. The park about 60 km from Kigali Capital City the capital of Rwanda.

Management of the Park
Akagera was founded in 1934 much of the park was re-allocated as farms to returning refugees following the Rwandan Civil War. As a result, in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500km2 its current extent of about 1,122km2. The park is the management of African Parks which has signed a joint management agreement with the Rwanda Development Board 2009. Akagera Management Company is responsible for the day to day management of the park, whilst the Rwanda Development Board retains all statutory rights.

Accommodation
Visitors can find accommodation at Akagera Game Lodge which has over 40 reasonably usable rooms and spectacular views of Lake Ihema.

African Parks also have some tented facilities next to Ihema Lake.

The animal spieces in the park
The animal species in the park include the following:

  • Impala
  • Topi with Eland,Oribi
  • Masai Giraffe
  • Defassa Waterbuck
  • Reedbuck
  • Bushbuck
  • Sable and roan antelope
  • Burchall’s Zebra
  • Buffalo
  • Hippo
  • Crocodile
  • Elephant.
  • A Rare sighting of lions
  • Sitatunga
  • Savanne birds
  • Raptors
  • Red-face barbet.
  • African fish eagles
  • Marabou stork
  • Crowned cranes
  • Open billed stork
  • Cormorants
  • Herons
  • Egrets
  • The elusive shoebill stork.

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