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There is still lot of magnificent wildlife in Rwanda National Parkst | Coastweek

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Elephants in the Akagera National Park. Rwanda's tourism sector continues to be the country's largest foreign exchange earner thanks to exceptional hospitality given to tourists. The small central African country boasts of tourist attractions such as Volcanoes National Park, Akagera and Nyungwe national parks, museums, Lake Kivu, bird watching, culture, canopy walk, and Congo Nile Trail, among others. XINHUA PHOTOS - LYU TIANRAN

There is still lot of exceptional wildlife in Rwandan National Parks

Akagera National Park covers 1,200 square kilometres (120,000 ha) in eastern Rwanda, along the Tanzanian border.

It was founded in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three ecoregions: savannah, mountain and swamp.

The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema.

The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over a third of the park, and is the largest protected wetland in Eastern-Central Africa.

Much of the savannah area of the park was settled in the late 1990s by former refugees returning after the end of the Rwandan Civil War.

Due to land shortages, the western boundary was regazetted in 1997 and much of the land allocated as farms to returning refugees.

The park was reduced in size from over 2,500 km2 (970 sq mi) to its current size.

Although much of the best savannah grazing land is now outside the park boundaries, what remains of Akagera is some of the most diverse and scenic landscape in Africa.

Annually more than 40,000 tourists visited.
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FURTHER READING:

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Some of the teeming wildlife in the Akagera National Park Rwanda | Coastweek

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Some of the teeming wildlife in the Akagera National Park includes warthog, bush pigs, baboons, vervet monkeys, innumerable birdlife, buffalo, zebra, eland, impala, roan antelope and giraffe.  XINHUA PHOTOS - LYU TIANRAN
 

             

 

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