Akagera National Park

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Akagera National Park is one of the three protected areas in Rwanda situated in the Eastern province of Rwanda along the boarder with Tanzania just about 2-3 hour’s drive from Kigali city Rwanda’s largest and capital. The 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 park covers an area of approximately 1,200km2 and it was founded in 1934 to protect animals from poachers. Since Rwanda is known as a land of a ‘’thousand hills’’ These highlands provide spectacular views over the expanse of lakes and swamps. And Akagera has its fair share of mountainous terrain. And it is the largest protected wetland in central Africa. The Akagera national park is considered as one of the National Parks with abundant wildlife to mention some include giraffe, leopard, hyena, bush buck, antelopes, elephants, hippos and crocodiles can be seen in the Lake plus also various species of birds that feed on and around the lake. For visitors interested in Rwanda tours, Akagera national Park is worth vising.


Activities

Game drives:
Since the park is a home to some members of the “THE BIG FIVE” of wildlife game viewing will be one of the activities enjoyed by visitors. Some of the animals to watch include giraffe, zebra, hyena, leopards, lion, elephants, bush buck, and various species of antelopes and birds, hippos and crocodiles can also be seen during the boat trip at Ihema.
Bird watching;
Many of the birds can be seen during the boat trip on Lake Akagera over 524 species of birds live in the park and they live in the savannah grassland of Akagera National Park. Birders are in position to encounter the papyrus gonolek, shoebill stock, as well as migrant birds attracted by seasonal fluctuations in the water levels to mention to mention but a few
Boat trip:  A boat trip is so magnificent and it is arranged on the Lake Ihema, and most of the tourist who make it to Akagera national park has to go on a boat trip and its a wonderful moment as one can also be in position to came a cross several species of animals such as school of hippos, crocodiles, a variety of birds that feed on and around the Lake such as the malachite kingfisher, the fish eagle, to mention but a few.
Fishing:
Spot fishing for those interested is also arranged and is encouraged to carry there fishing equipments in order to be permitted to do the activity; tilapias are the most sought of fish to fish. All these activities make Akagera national park more interesting to visit.
Accommodation
Akagera game lodge
Ruzizi Comp/Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel

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