The Akagera wildlife National Park covers 1,200 km² in eastern Rwanda, against the Tanzanian border. It was founded in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three eco-regions: Savannah, mountain and swamp. Akagera wildlife park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over 1/3 of the park and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa
Much of the Savannah area of Akagera wildlife national park was settled in the late 1990s by former refugees returning after the end of the Rwandan Civil War. Due to land shortages, in 1997 the western boundary was re-gazetted and much of the land allocated as farms to returning refugees. Akagera wildlife national park was reduced in size from over 2,500 km² to its current size. Although much of the best Savannah grazing land is now outside the park boundaries, what remains of Akagera wildlife national park is some of the most diverse and scenic landscape in Africa.
In 2009 the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the African Parks Network entered into a 20 year renewable agreement for the joint management of Akagera wildlife national park. The Akagera Management Company was formed in 2010 as the joint management body for Akagera National Park.
Over the next 5 years a US$10 million expenditure is planned for Akagera including the construction of a 120 km western boundary fence and the reintroduction of lion and black rhino.
This is the most prominent safari activity carried out here by all kinds of travelers and requires one to transfer from one place to another along the tracks in the park searching for the beautiful wildlife animals which include; Sitatunga, Savannah elephant, topi, buffalo, zebra, roan antelope, defassa waterbuck, the eland, duiker, bohor reedbuck, oribi, klipspringer, impala and bushbuck, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkey. Other wildlife animal species have been re introduced in the park and these include; lions, Side-striped jackal, Hyenas, Mongoose, Serval Cats. Experience Akagera National Park to the fullest to enjoy the best wildlife safari Tours in Rwanda.
Akagera wildlife national park offers night game drive experiences for travelers interested in watching the nocturnal primates inhabiting the Savannah vegetation around the park. The wildlife animals you will spot include; Bushbabies, Galagos, etc.
The Park inhabits about 500 different bird species that inhabit the Savannah vegetation around the park and these include; species like the Papyrus Gonolek usually spotted in the papyrus swamp, Red faced barbet, Swamp flycatcher, Black Headed Heron, Grey-backed Fiscal, Egret, Spur-Winged Lapwing, African Fish Eagle, Grey Crowned Cranes etc. For all birders around the world should not miss out on the opportunity to watch the various species of birds in Akagera National Park.
Boat Cruises in Akagera National Park are also a prominent safari activity and are carried out along the prominent Lake Ihema which is the second largest after Lake Kivu. There are two schedules for these cruises i.e one that goes in the morning and that in the afternoon offering remarkable views of the Hippos, Crocodiles and various species of birds. Enjoy a cruise along Lake Ihema while in Rwanda to enjoy the best holiday encounters.
Sports’ Fishing in Rwanda is carried out along the beautiful Lake Shakani which is located south of Akagera wildlife national park. For all anglers around the world should transfer here to enjoy the best safari holiday safari Tours.
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