Akagera national park of Rwanda is located in the Eastern part of the country. It’s recorded as Rwanda’s largest national park whose Nile basin is filled with waters of River Akagera and its tributaries and lakes. It’s a water logged region of Rwanda. The Akagera national park was named after the River Akagera that is shared by Tanzania. From the recent years, the national park faced a threat of massive destruction following the 1994 Rwanda genocide out break with the need of creating resettlement room for the survived victims of the genocide. Apparently covering an area of about 112,000 hectares of land.
The Akagera national park is featured by savannah woodland and grassland vegetation, swamps and several lakes and rivers flowing from its Nile basin. Due to its wonderful vegetation distribution, the Akagera national park is Rwanda’s wilderness harboring large herds of buffalos and elephants, leopards, spotted hyena, stray lions, giraffes, zebras, several antelope types, chestnut-coated impala, the diminutive Orib and secretive bushbucks, and the ungainly tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland which all can be viewed while enjoying an early morning game drive to catch up with the early risers or on an afternoon boat cruise that rewards visitors with great views of the aquatic life such as the hippopotami grunting and spluttering through the park, crocodiles as they sunbath at the river banks, the fish eagles as well as several water bird species like; papyrus gonolek and the bizarre shoebill stork among others. A visit to Akagera national park usually introduces visitors to the African jungle atmosphere.