Akagera National Park
Discover stunning low-lying plains filled with iconic African wildlife
Considered the largest protected wetland in the whole of Central Africa, functioning as one of the most significant refuges for savannah-dwelling species in Rwanda, Akagera National Park has been transformed from the brink of disappearing, to a world-class location for experiencing an African safari.
Located in Rwanda’s north east, along the international border with Tanzania, the park was originally founded in 1934, and its landscapes consist of savannah and swamp habitats, with several bodies of water taking up around a third of the park. Despite its previous issues with poaching, the park has been a real success story since 2010, with several species reintroduced into the area and strict law enforcement implemented to protect the park’s wildlife.
During a stay or safari in Akagera, you can expect to see the likes of 18 eastern black rhinoceros which were reintroduced to Akagera in 2017, as well as lions which were reintroduced in 2015. In addition to this, visitors can also spot buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, baboons, monkeys, and hundreds of bird species.
Our favourite places to stay in Akagera National Park
Wilderness Magashi CampIn the north-eastern section of Akagera National Park you’ll find Wilderness Magashi Camp overlooking the stunning Lake Rwanyakazinga. The camp is surrounded by some of East Africa’s most beautiful savannah, lakes, swamps and rolling grasslands. The camp, with design and interiors inspired by traditional Rwandan culture, boasts six spacious tents with lake views. When you’re not enjoying the solitude of your airy tent, relax in the luxurious lounge, enjoy a meal in the dining and bar area. The pool is the ideal place to cool off after a busy day of game viewing and birdwatching, and evenings are best spent on the deck around the fire pit. The region is also home to one of the continent’s largest hippo populations, as well as crocodiles. You’ll also find the rare sitatunga and other plains game here as well as over 520 different species of bird. After a 20-year absence, lions were reintroduced to the area in 2015, and the population today is thriving. Black rhino were reintroduced in 2017.