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AKagera National Park

Akagera National Park  includes; buffalo, elephant, zebra, giraffe and array of antelope

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Positioned in the north east of Rwanda, Akagera national park is one of Rwanda’s main game parks and the largest covering an area of 1,085 km2. The park shares a border post with the Republic of Tanzania and is drained by the Akagera River thus giving it the name. Founded in 1934, Akagera national park contains fauna plus flora occurring in three locales that is Mountain, Swamp and savannah. The park thirds is covered by papyrus swamps and maze of lakes that follow the course of River Akagera which streams towards the east draining many lakes with Ihema Lake standing as the largest.  Akagera national park stands as the largest in the region of central Africa and differ from the general landscape of Rwanda for it is averagely elevated with warm low savannah dotted by acacia tree species, vast plains and grass lands that support a wide range of African game.

The game in Akagera national park includes; buffalo, elephant, zebra, giraffe and array of antelope. The exciting note is that this park and its enclosed lakes compete favorably in terms of hippopotamus concentrations in Africa. The      Nile crocodile has also extended to secure another dwelling in Akagera national park while other shy rare animals like spotted hyenas and leopard have been registered. The ranges of minor predators also exist including mongoose, bush babies, olive baboons, serval cats, genets and silver monkey species. The beautiful slender Impala is the most common of the 12 antelope species recorded in the park. In terms of birdlife, Akagera contains over 525 bird species including raptors and savannah birds. The amazing water bodies in the park are also exciting. Four lakes of Mihindi, Gishanju, Shakani and Ihema with Akagera River combine to give Akagera national park a unique stand on the African continent and Rwanda in particular. No wonder that Akagera national park offers opportunities for game drives, fishing, boat trips and Helicopter adventures.

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