Situated at lower altitudes on the Tanzanian border, Akagera is dominated scenically by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, one of the main sources of the River Nile.
Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah alongside more than a dozen types of antelope, such as the diminutive oribi and the world’s largest antelope, the eland. Pods of hippopotami splutter throughout the day while outsized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws agape.
Along the lake shores are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, while the marshes are home to the endangered bird species like the exquisite papyrus gonolek and the bizarre shoe-bill, probably the most eagerly sought of all African birds.
Size: 90,000 Hac. Location from Kigali: Two and half hours drive east of Kigali
- Bush Savannah tangled with acacia and branchystagia woodlands with stands of Euphorbia candlehbrum, patches of rolling grasslands, riverine, lakes and swamps.
- To the west of the park are hills reaching to elevations of 1600m-1800m above sea level
- Akagera River
- Lakes: Ihema, Kivumba, Hago, Mihindi, Rwanyakizinga
- Large concentration of mammals e.g. elephants, buffalos, lions, Maasai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bushbaby, leopard and bushbuck
- Aquatic life e.g. crocodiles and hippos
- A large concentration of bird life over 425 species identified. Unique species such as Shoe billed stocks and papyrus gonolek can be encountered. Endemics include the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers and herons.
- Mitumba hills
- Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge, Campsites
- Gates: Kabarando and Kiyonza
- Visitors are not allowed to go beyond point 19 in the direction of Gabiro Guest House
- The park is open between 07:00 Hrs and 17:00 Hrs
- For maximum enjoyment of this park, always use a ranger guide
- ORTPN is not responsible for any injuries sustained from animals within the park
- Clients are advised to respect the right of animals especially the flight distance
- Visitors are advised to follow the instructions of the guides
- Fishing/Game drives
- Game drives, Tennis at Akagera Game Lodge
RUZIZI TENTED LODGE
The new Ruzizi Tented Lodge opening in November 2012 is tucked away in the riverine forest on the edge of Akagera’s largest lake. This small private camp offers seven en-suite tents dotted along the forested lake edge, sheltered by large trees and swaying palms.
The tents are spaced either side of a thatched reception area with a lounge, bar and dining room. Each tent is accessible by a wooden boardwalk from the reception. The camp is entirely powered by solar, with a solar hot water system.
For the more adventurous or for those traveling on a budget, three self-catering camp sites are also available in Akagera.
- SHAKANI CAMPSITEShakani Campsite is located on the banks of Lake Shakani, the only lake where fishing is allowed as a tourist activity. This is a great spot if you don’t mind sharing the space with hippos and noisy plovers. Birdlife abounds at this campsite, and with the lake lapping the shores and a backdrop of tree covered hills, the scenery is magnificent.
- MUTAMBA CAMPSITEMutamba Campsite is the highest point in Akagera and is renowned for the high density of game that congregates in this region, including herds of eland and the elusive roan antelope.
- MUYUMBA CAMPSITEMuyumba Campsite is situated on a ridge with a stunning view overlooking the picturesque Lake Shakani and Lake Ihema and across to Tanzania. Only a few kilometers away from the reception at Kiyonza, Muyumba is the closest camp site to the entrance gate.
All three campsites have pit toilets and a wash room. However, there is no running water available so please come prepared with enough water for the duration of your stay. Firewood is provided and tents can be hired from reception.