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The Park, Akagera, Rwanda

Akagera

Akagera could not be more different from the dramatic, cultivated hills that distinguish much of the country, offering a wonderful savannah contrast.

Dominated by a maze of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering path of the Akagera River, the beautiful undulating plains, acacia woodland and rolling grasslands are home to big game – although not in the numbers found in other East African parks. That said, elephants and buffalo, hyena, giraffe and the occasional leopard can all be seen.

An exciting new addition to Akagera’s four-legged fauna is the reintroduction of lions to the national park. Five females and two male lions were translocated from South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal, chosen for their reproductive potential. This is a project managed by African Parks and is a part of a larger effort to promote conservation in Akagera and restore the park to its pre-genocide state, where lions and other big game flourished.

Elephants, Akagera, Rwanda
Akagera, Rwanda
Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Why go to Akagera

The mix of habitat and scenery here, coupled with the distinct lack of other tourists makes Akagera very appealing for those wanting an extended holiday in Rwanda. The country’s second-largest lake is located here offering a chance to take to the water for some fun boat-based safaris and fishing to compliment night drives.

  • Open savannah and rolling hills offer the perfect safari extension
  • Bordering Tanzania, with open acacia woodland, this is an excellent birding country
  • A spectacularly diverse mix of lakes, marshes and open woodland
  • Boat trips on Lake Ihema even allow you to indulge in a spot of fishing
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Mountain gorilla, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorillas and Wildlife of Akagera

Trek for endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif, before driving east to the lakes, savannah and hills of Akagera – a park now flourishing under African Parks’ management.

7 days

from £5,400 pp

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Experiences

Explore Akagera

Discover this spectacular landscape – a diverse mix of lakes, marshes and open woodland.

Lions in Akagera

Track the park’s lions, reintroduced by African Parks in July 2015. Spot them as they stalk their prey across marshes, floodplains, riverine woodlands and savannah.

Visit African Parks’ Headquarters

Visit the park’s headquarters and learn more about how African Parks have transformed Akagera. Also, visit the security room and see how the park tackles the poaching threat.

Lake Ihema

Take a boat trip on Lake Ihema, spotting birdlife, hippos and even elephants.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge £££££

  • Rwanda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Perfectly located for exploring Akagera National Park, Ruzizi Tented Lodge is built on the shores of Lake Ihema. Blending in with the unique riverine forest environment, the lodge is intimate with only seven tents, each with its own en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a dressing area and a small patio at the front, accessible by wooden boardwalks leading to and from the main reception area. A thatched central reception area is the heart of the lodge, with a lounge-bar and dining area. A large deck with a fireplace sits under a shady fig tree overlooking the lake.

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Magashi Camp £££££

  • Rwanda
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Situated in the beautiful north-east part of Akagera, overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga, Magashi offers the most luxurious option in the park. Each of the six enormous canvas rooms opens out onto the most spectacular views of the lake and mountains beyond. Light and breezy, the pale fabrics and eco-friendly bamboo style furniture are offset by dramatic Imigongo designs, completely unique to Rwanda.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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