Akagera National Park

Set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. Dominated to the east by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is a diverse landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland, high rolling hills along the western boundary and patches of thick forest.

Akagera is big game country. Large herds of buffalo, giraffe and zebra move across the savannah and lucky visitors might catch a glimpse of elephants emerging from the woodland to drink at the lakes. Akagera is home to more than a dozen types of antelope, most commonly the handsome impala, but also oribi and bushbuck, as well as the ungainly topi, the rare roan and the world’s largest antelope, the cape eland. Leopard and hyaena might be seen on a night drive as well as other secretive creatures of the night. Hippos and crocodiles are almost guaranteed on a boat trip in Akagera’s largest lake, Ihema. Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds and with a species list of 525, Akagera is birders paradise.

Camping alongside the picturesque lakes of Akagera, or atop Muyumbu ridge overlooking the lakes and Tanzania in the distance, is a truly mystical introduction to the wonders of the African bush.

Accommodation used by The Tourist Centre
Ruzizi Tented Lodge – Mid-range

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