Akagera National Park

The relatively warm and low-lying plains of Akagera comprise savannah, woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes. In partnership with African Parks, we aim to transform the National Park into a world-class location to experience a safari.


The largely open expanse is ideal for game viewing, and we are taking steps to ensure the Big Five roam the park in greater numbers over the course of time.

Since 2010 we have cut poaching to an all time low, with the introduction of a helicopter, a canine unit and rhino trackers.

A family of lions from South Africa is settling in well, and breeding successfully, and 18 eastern black rhinos have also been reintroduced.

Visitors can also encounter buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, an incredible 490 bird species, plus much more.

A boat trip on Lake Ihema is also a highlight of any visit to Akagera, with its large pods of hippos, Nile crocodiles and abundant waterbirds on the island in the middle of the lake.

The only way to explore the park is by vehicle, whether through a tour operator or self drive. The National Park also has a vehicle to hire, with individual spaces available on night drives.

It is recommended to take up the services of a guide, which can be booked through the park.

Sleeping within the park is possible, at various lodges, a bush camp in the north at select periods, or camping in specific sites.


Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania.



Location of Akagera National Park; Akagera National Park in Rwanda is located in the eastern part of Rwanda, about 2-3 hours from the country’s capital Kigali. The park that covers an area of 1122 sq kilometers is next to Kibungu city, west of the famous Akagera River.
While they have a nasty bite, they are generally harmless; and no known cases of sleeping sickness have occurred in Akagera. Tsetse flies tend to be attracted to dark colours, so visitors are advised to wear khaki and lighter colours while utilising insect repellents.

Lakes: There are 10 lakes located within Akagera national park and these can be explored by visitors in the park. Some of the most commonly visited lakes in the park include Lake Ihema and Lake Shakani.



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