Akagera National Park

When peace was restored to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, many returning refugees turned to the forests for their own survival. They used the timber to re-build houses and the savannah was used to feed their livestock, resulting in a loss of biodiversity. But in 2010, African Parks took over the park and it’s now been revived and restored.

Akagera National Park is spread over 1122 square kilometers, filled with lakes, swamps and acacia forests. Nowadays it’s Central Africa’s largest protected wetland area. In terms of wildlife, the park is home to Eastern black rhinos (introduced in 2017), lions, giraffes, a variety of antelope species, elephants, buffalo and so much more.

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Highlights in Akagera National Park

  • Spot the Eastern black rhinos (introduced in 2017)
  • Lions were introduced in 2015
  • Meet the anti-poaching unit and learn about their work
  • Stop off at a waterhole for the hippos (the park has one of Africa’s highest hippo densities
  • Bring along your bird book for the 520 bird species

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