Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park


Akagera national park covers an area of 1122 square kilometers situated in the eastern part of the nation. The name Akagera comes from the Kagera River which runs through the park and is believed to be a wellspring of the Nile, the world's longest waterway. The Kagera river feeds into various lakes including the biggest, Lake Ihema. The glorious Akagera national park is composed of lakes, swamps and acacia forests and is one of the biggest wetlands in Eastern Central Africa. It is the nation's solitary savannah national park and is home to various species including timberland elephants, cape bison, zebras, giraffes, roan elands, deffasa water bucks, shrub duikers, mountain reed bucks, Oribis, Klipspringer, impalas, bramble babies, galago, water bucks, side striped jackals, hyenas, leopards and many others. There are around 500 types of birds including the barbet, swamp fly catcher, dark headed heron, crane, African fish falcons, heron.

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Akagera National Park

Getting There

Akagera National Park is easily available by road. From Kigali, it’s a 2 hour 30 minutes’ drive, around 135 kilometers. From Kibungo/Rwamagana it's a one hour drive. Open

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Lions were reintroduced in 2015 after they were hunted out in the 1990s, and the population doubled in the first year with the birth of eleven cubs. Two additional males were translocate

Akagera National Park


Akagera has an inspiring conservation story as it is now home to lions and rhinos, and is the only Big Five park in the country. Just two hours’ drive from Kigali, it is a beautiful and

Akagera National Park

When To Go

The best time to visit Akagera National Park is the dry season, from June to September. There is additionally a shorter dry season that is between mid-December and mid-February. Around this

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What To See (Wildlife)

The excellent variety of natural surroundings plays host to almost 8000 animals, including the Big Five. A drive through the verdant meadows will give you sightings of bison, impala, giraffes,

Akagera National Park

Activities / What To Do

At Akagera National Park you can do a lot of activities such as:

  • Game Drives
  • Walking Safari
  • Bird Watching
  • Cultural Tour
Akagera National Park

Weather & Climate

We're often asked 'when is the best time to go to Rwanda?', and the answer is usually complex. It will depend on many things including your interests, where you want to visit and why

Akagera National Park

Health & Safety


Visitors may need Yellow Fever inoculation certificates to enter Rwanda and are advised to contact their doctor or travel clinic at least eight

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Travel Tips

The encounter with the gorillas was obviously the most special moment and one of the most memorable travel experiences to date. But Rwanda has so much more to offer. It allows visitors

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The local currency is the Rwanda Franc. Foreign currency can be exchanged in Kigali or at local banks, but different exchange rates apply depending on the bank. Notes printed before 2005 are

Akagera National Park

Foods & Guides

Rwandan food is neither spicy nor hot. People eat simple meals made with locally grown ingredients. The Rwandan diet consists mainly of sweet potatoes, beans, corn, peas, millet, plantains,

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