Akagera National Park was gazetted in 1934 in order to protect animals and vegetation like savannah, swamp and mountain. Akagera National Park covers about 1,200 km² in eastern Rwanda, along the Tanzanian border.
Akagera National Park is derived from the Kagera River that flows along the eastern boundary pouring into several lakes and the largest lake being Lake Ihema. Akagera National Park is the largest protected wetland in East central Africa this is because of the complex system of lakes and papyrus swamps making up to 1/3 of the park.
In the late 1990s, most of the savannah area in Akagera National Park was settled in by former refugees who returned after the end of the Rwanda Civil War because of land shortages. Which made Akagera National Park be reduced in size from over 2,500 km² to 1,200 km². Though most of the best savannah grazing land is outside the park boundaries, Akagera National Park is known of the most diverse and scenic landscape in Africa.
Tourism activities in Akagera National Park
Game drives: includes wild animals like herds of buffalo, antelope, giraffe, Topi, zebra, oribi and bushbuck.
And also the hippo and crocodile are almost guaranteed on a boat trip in Akagera’s largest lake,  Ihema.  Also bird watching is possible in Akagera National Park.

Accommodation Facilities in Akagera National Park
  • Ruzizi Tented Lodge - Luxury
  • Akagera Game Lodge - Medium