Akagera National Park covers 1,200
square kilometres (120,000 ha) in eastern Rwanda, along the
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
The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up
over a third of the park, and is the largest protected wetland in
Much of the savannah area of the park was settled in the late
1990s by former refugees returning after the end of the Rwandan
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.
Established in 1934 Akagera is one the biggest
protected wetland areas
Akagera wildlife not abundant but enough to make your safari
Rwanda re-introducing 20 Eastern black rhinoceroses from South