Vacations to Akagera National Park, Rwanda

For any wildlife lover, a safari through Rwanda’s only protected savannah will be a highlight of their vacation. It is possible to spot all of Africa's Big Five here – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

Spanning Rwanda’s eastern border with Tanzania, the park is made up of vast undulating plains, with swamps and lakes that follow the zigzagging path of the Kagera River. Alongside the Big Five, the park is also home to zebras, giraffes, hippos, waterbuck, impala, hyenas, crocodiles and many more including several rare species such as the elusive shoebill stork. In total, around 12,000 large mammals and more than 500 bird species roam this stunning landscape.

Most people come to Akagera National Park to observe the wildlife on a 4x4 drive, however another way to see this magnificent park is on a boat safari along the edges of Lake Ihema, the largest of the park’s eight scenic lakes. This gives you a chance to spot some of Akagera's most diverse plants and animals that you might otherwise miss on dry land - and perhaps get close to a bathing elephant or dozing crocodile. Akagera can also be experienced at night, as nocturnal creatures come out to play and bush babies light up the park with their huge irresistibly cute eyes.

The park hasn't always been a wildlife haven, however. Following the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s, much of the land was handed over to returning refugees to use as farmland, while poaching and deforestation took their toll. But in the past decade, wildlife has prospered once again, and in 2017 black rhinos were reintroduced after an absence of 10 years.


  • Tick Africa's Big Five off your bucket list on either a day or night 4x4 safari

  • Birding bonanza with rare species such as the Shoebill Stork

  • Boat safari for either game viewing or to try your hand at traditional fishing methods

  • Huge variety of wildlife due to various landscapes and habitats

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I grew up near the picturesque fishing village of Rye, in East Sussex. However, my heart has always been in Africa since I was a young girl. Having a South African father meant my love for the history and colour of this fantastic continent has been a prominent part of my life, and so getting to travel to seven different countries over the last few years has been a dream come true. One of my highlights was flying in the famous yellow bi-plane across Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

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