While Rwanda’s best known for its misty mountains (A.K.A Volcanoes National Park), Akagera is a land of woodland, wetland, and wide open plains. Safaris in Akagera haven’t been high on the radar until recently. Partly this was because there wasn’t really anywhere to stay, and partly because there wasn’t much game. This has all changed. There’s a new tented safari camp, and wildlife populations here are slowly recovering. In fact, if you’re interested, we can arrange a behind the scenes tour at Park HQ, to show how Akagera was restored to life.
While out on a game drive at Akagera you still won’t find quite the same volumes of wildlife that you might in other East African savannahs, you also won’t get the people- it’s possible to drive for several hours here and not spot another vehicle. And the game is certainly there- look out for elegant towers of giraffe, pods of hippo grunting in the water, and elephants browsing amongst the trees. If you are exceptionally lucky you may spot lions, or Akagera’s newest arrivals- rhino. There are over 550 different kinds of birds here too, so keep your binos firmly by your side and take to the water on a boat safari.
Our pick of places to stay in Akagera National Park: