Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park

Short Overview
Rwanda's safari destination, Akagera is a small park on the eastern side of the country perfect for a day trip from Kigali or an extended visit. Home to some of Africa's most well-known animals, Akagera offers visitors to Rwanda the opportunity to see elephants, leopards, zebras, giraffes, and hippopotamus in the wild. Nearby Muhazi is a quaint lakeside town offering fresh seafood, cultural activities, cafes & restaurants, and activities to entertain once your safari is done.
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Details of Akagera National Park


While Rwanda is mostly covered with endless hills and valleys, Akagera National Park is quite different. The landscape here is low, composed of wide plains dominated by grass, cactus-like Euphorbia candelabra shrub and both thick and thin forests.

A low mountain chain lies in the west and a wide wetland in the east. There is a cluster of lakes somewhere in between, fed by the Akagera River. This park is without doubt one of the most scenic savannah reserves in Africa.


The Big 5 are probably the most important of the park’s inhabitants; however, many other interesting animals live in Akagera National Park besides lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceroses and leopards.

There are hyenas here, zebras and hippopotamus and many types of antelopes including the world’s largest Cape eland. Olive baboon, vervet monkey and the tiny wide-eyes bush bay are typical of the savannah, while silver monkeys, warthogs and forest hogs call the forest their home.

The park is inhabited by no less than 525 different bird species, some of which are typical of the savannah. Such are lilac-breasted rollers, little bee-eaters, brown parrots and noisy bare-faced go-away birds, to name just a few.

There are some species that prefer the forest, such as Ross’s turacos and crested barbets.

Some birds like it near the lakes; among the shorebirds are fish eagles, papyrus gonoleks and white-winged warbler. There are even pelicans in the park, along with vultures and eagles.

An enthusiastic bird watcher will not leave Akagera disappointed. In the lakes’ waters lives the Nile crocodile, world’s largest reptile and a distant relative of the dinosaurs. Monitor lizards wander around the lakes and some smaller lizards, such as rock agamas and many different snakes, hide in the undergrowth.




  • Landscape

  • Wildlife 

  • The Big 5

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