Akagera National Park is named after the mighty Kagera river that flows along the eastern boundary of the park. At 1,200 Sq Km, Akagera is the largest protected wetland in Central Africa. It comprises of lakes filled with papyrus swamps that make up a third of the park. Akagera National Park was established in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation within three ecosysytems that include the Savannah, swamps and mountain.
The park is home to a number of bird species, including the gracious fish eagle which is the most prominent avian. The park also harbours some of Africa’s largest concentration of acquatic birds while the marshlands are home to the endagered Shoebill stork and papyrus gonolek.
Akagera National Park is also a habitat of big game. Herds of elephant and buffalo roam free against the backdrop of the Savannah woodland and drink from the numerous lakes. On a lucky day, visitors stand a chance to spot the elusive leopard in a tree or sight a spotted hyena. Other animals include the giraffes, zebras that bring to life the vast savannah grasslands.
The chestnut-coated impala, secretive Bushbuck and the statuesque Cape eland,the world’s largest antelope are gift of nature in Akagera National Park.