Akagera N. P.
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda. This is along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997. The park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km. This is nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda. Currently Akagera National Park has an area of 1,122 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories.
Where Does Akagera National Park Get Its Name?
Akagera National Park is named after the Akagera River. The river flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes. The largest of this is Lake Ihema. There is a forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands. They combine to make Akagera National Park’s amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
The Inhabitants of Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park combines well with Nyungwe and the Volcanoes NP. This is to offer a great Africa safari in Rwanda. Akagera National Park is home to many large plains game species. It also plays home to restrict to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. Notable plains game includes elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day. Bush babies are often seen on night drives.
Of the larger predators leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal and lion are present. Plans are underway for the reintroduction of the black rhino too. This will restore Akagera National Park’s ‘Big 5’ status. Due to its wide variety of habitats, Akagera National Park is an important ornithological site. This Park in Rwanda has nearly over 500 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus with other rarities. They include the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands.
|Languages spoken||French, English, Kinyarwanda|
|Currency used||Rwandese Franc (RWF)|
|Area (km2)||1,122 sq km|