Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is the best place to enjoy a safari in Rwanda with 2,500 km sq of woodland, savannah plains and swamps. The park was heavily impacted during the political upheaval during the genocide in the 1990s. Lions were re-introduced into Akagera in 2015, and black rhinos were reintroduced into the park in 2017 as part of ongoing rehabilitation and conservation programs. The park has bee reviving and game viewing is generally excellent. Tourism provides much-needed income to support these conservation efforts.
Akagera is best visited in the dry season when the wildlife congregates around permanent water sources. The park is home to large numbers of impala, giraffe, eland and zebra. It has a healthy population of elephants and herds of buffalo. If guests only have a short time, they can combine gorilla trekking with a safari in Akagera. The marshes are the habitat of the rare shoebill stork which is a very pre-historic looking bird which is on many twitchers must-see list. Akagera offers some of the best bird watching in Rwanda.