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AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Akagera National Park covers 1,122 sq km and is located in the North East on the border with Tanzania. The park derives its name from the Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary and is the most remote source of the Nile.

The park is characterized by its labyrinth of swamps and lakes in the east and tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland, high rolling hills along its western border and patches of thick forest.

Akagera National Park teems with wildlife, large herds of buffalo, giraffe and zebra can be seen crisscrossing the savannah. Elephants are occasionally seen as they come to have a drink in the Akagera lakes. The park is also home to several types of antelopes including the oribi, bushbuck, the rare roan and the cape eland which also happens to be the world’s largest antelope. A boat trip in the park’s largest lake (Ihema) will most surely guarantee visitors seeing hippos and crocodiles in large concentrations.

Akagera is a bird watchers paradise especially for water birds with 525 confirmed species. These include 44 species of raptor, Balaeniceps rex and many Palearctic migrants, amongst which Falco naumanni, Gallinago media and Glareola nordmanni have been recorded.

There are several activities to be enjoyed at Akagera National Park. They include guided game drives, bird watching, fishing in Lake Shakani and night drives in an open game viewing vehicle.

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