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Akagera National Park is located in Eastern Rwanda along the Rwanda-Tanzania border. Named after the Kagera river, Akagera National park includes swamp, savannah, and montane habitats for various species of animals and plants.

The complex system of small lakes is linked by various papyrus wetlands to form the biggest protected wetland in central Africa. Akagera is the only savannah park in Rwanda which can provide great opportunities for classic wildlife viewing safari experiences of  the big-5 safari animals.


On your visit to Akagera National Park, you can take part in the following activities

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat cruise on Lake Ihema
  • Sportfishing
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Community Visits

Wildlife In Akagera National Park

A visit to Akagera National Park presents great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Here are some of the wildlife you will be able to see in Rwanda's savannah park.

  •  Rhinos
  •  Elephants
  •  Lions
  •  Leopards
  •  African Buffalo
  •  Zebras
  •  Hippos
  •  Giraffes
  •  Hyenas
  •  Antelopes
  •  Nile Crocodiles
  •  Baboons
  •  Monkeys
  •  Waterbucks
  •  Sitatunga
  •  Roan Antelope
  •  Bushpigs
  •  Topi
  •  Eland
  •  500 bird species
  •  Jackals
  •  Kobs
  •  Serval Cats
  •  Civets

When To Visit

You can visit Akagera National Park at any time of the year. The summer months are especially busy with international visitors, but the park is open all through the year.

Related article: Best time to visit Rwanda

Getting There

Akagera National Park is located 108 kilometres from Kigali city. It will take you up to 2 and a half hours to drive from Kigali to Akagera Park headquarters.

Please note that the entrance is only through the southern gate, while the northern park gate works only as an exit.

Where To Stay

There are many accommodation options for you in Akagera National Park. You will find both luxury and more affordable options for lodges and hotels.

Some lodges even provide great campgrounds which can be a good way of pinching your budget while experiencing the African wilderness.