The Akagera National Park (ANP) is located in the East of Rwanda, in less than 2 hours drive of Kigali city, along the border within Tanzania. The altitude varies between 1300 and 1825 metres above the sea level with the highest point at Mount Mutumba (1,825 m). The topography of the park is characterized by rolling sandstone hills in the west, cut in places by deep, narrow valleys. The vegetation of the park is extremely varied and, indeed, has been described as the most heterogeneous savannah ecosystem and habitat in the region with open savannas, flood-plain vegetation, swamps and lakes, river valley, etc.
At least 525 species of birds are known from the park, reflecting the extremely wide diversity of habitat. These include 44 species of raptor including Bateleur, many Palearctic migrants, amongst which Falco naumanni, Gallinago media and Glareola nordmanni have been recorded. Magically, the air is torn apart by the unforgettable high duet ting of a pair of African Fish Eagles, asserting their status as the avian monarchs of Africa’s waterways. Lining the lakes are some of the continent’s densest concentrations of waterbirds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite Papyrus Gonolek, and the bizarre Shoebill stork – the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds.
More than 50 species of mammal are known from the park. This are natural species like primates, ungulates and carnivorous. Giraffa mosaï was introduced in 1985 from Kenya and in 2002 the population was estimated at 101 individuals. The lakes inside the parks are teeming with significant populations of hippopotamus which constitutes a big mammal presence in the park. ANP is a home of 11 species of ungulates including Sitatunga or Marshbuck, a swamp-dwelling antelope listed by both CITES and IUCN, the handsome chestnut-coated Impala, but also the diminutive Oribi and secretive Bushbuck, as well as the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape Eland. Akagera Game Lodge offers confortable accommodation while camp sites alongside the picturesque lakes of Akagera are a truly mystical introduction to the wonders of the African bush. Hotels and accommodation services outside the park are also available including the new furbished hotel Muhazi Beach Resort in one hour driving to Akagera National Park.