Akagera National Park is the oldest park in Rwanda. Due to an effective combination of community engagement and law enforcement, the park’s wildlife and biodiversity is flourishing. It is made up of 1120 square kilometers of freshwater lakes, papyrus swamps, woodlands and savannah plains that are home to around 500 species of birds, and over 12000 large mammals. Lions have been successfully reintroduced into the park, bringing the species back into the country after an absence of almost 20 years. There are also plans to reintroduce rhino back into the park soon which will make Akagera a Big 5 destination.
The park’s lakes and swamps mean that Akagera is the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The park is home to many rare species, such as the Sitagunga antelope, a swamp dweller. The highly sought shoebill stork is a rare bird that is also regularly seen. Look for the elusive blue monkey, which was thought to have become extinct in the park but has since been spotted!

Why we like it

Rwanda's traditional safari park; Largest Central African protected wetland; Home to many rare species

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1,120km²
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Sitatunga
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kibungo

Tours and Activities in Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Rwanda 12-Day Gorilla and Birding Tour

Rwanda, also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills’, is rich in natural beauty and wildlife diversity. According to Birdlife International, three national parks in Rwanda are classified as Important Birding Areas (IBAs). These are the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and Nyungwe National Park. The country is also a top destination for a primate safari, with the…

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Duration: 12 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda 8-Day Gorilla and Cultural Tour

This safari tour combines adventure and culture to bring you the best of Rwanda. On this tour, you will get a taste of Rwanda’s culture and heritage by visiting the local villages and homesteads, and also experience the thrill of tracking mountain gorillas in the wild. At the local village, you will learn how the locals milk the cows by…

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Duration: 8 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.
Where

Lookout for

Sitatunga
Serval
Vervet Monkey
Blue Monkey
Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Zebra
Impala
Roan Antelope
Waterbuck
Eland
Baboon
Crocodile

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Lion
Buffalo
Giraffe
Sitatunga


BRIDS
Shoebill Stork
Papyrus Gonolek
Red-faced Barbet


REPTILES
Crocodile
Spotted Bush Snake
White-lipped Snake


TREES
Acacia
Miombo Woodland


HABITAT TYPES
Savannah
Papyrus Swamp
Freshwater Lakes
Woodland


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 6
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