Akagera National Park – The Pride Of Rwanda
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The Wildlife and Birdlife of Akagera
The game drive from the gate to Magashi takes 45 – 120 minutes,
depending on wildlife sightings and photo opportunities and is part of the
splendour of a stay there.
Magashi is situated in the only area where you can combine a bucket
list gorilla trek in the legendary Virunga Mountains with a sublime savannah
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Already famed for its
great Gorilla population, Rwanda also plays host to the magnificent Akagera
National Park. Akagera is a superb wildlife conservation area and it is
especially famed for its incredible wildlife population – in particular the
Akagera National Park – the pride of Rwanda, was among the first parks to be created in
Africa. Covering 433 square miles (1,122 sq.km) it is the only savanna park in
this beautiful mountainous country.
Akegera’s History in Brief
The 100 000-hectare Akagera
was founded in 1934 to protect the plants and animals in the savanna, mountain
and swamp regions of Rwanda. Between 1957 and 1958, six black rhinos were
introduced into the park, which was the introduction to what, many years later,
would make Akagera one of the ‘Big 5’ destinations of Africa!
In the 1970s Elephant and lions
roamed the park and thousands of antelopes, zebras and buffaloes flourished in this
great savanna. However, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda sadly not
only took the lives of more than million Rwandans, but also lead to the park
being abandoned and becoming a settlement for cattle.
In 2010, the nonprofit
conservation organization ‘African Parks’ partnered with Rwanda’s Development Board
to create a 20-year management agreement and since then the park has grown and
It comprises some of the
most scenic savannah in East Africa – open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamp, and
grassy low mountains. Akagera has undergone an incredible transformation in the
last eight years where poaching has essentially been eliminated and wildlife is
African Parks reintroduced
lions in 2015 after a 20-year absence and reintroduced the black rhinoceros in
This is a place where the big
cats roam freely and Akagera is famed for its Leopard population.
Of the antelopes, Impala appear to
dominate a vast population of Eland, Oribi, Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Roan and Sable
antelopes. Watering holes play host to majestic Hippos and wiley crocodiles and
Buffalo and Elephants are more prevalent in the north.
Wildlife highlights include buffalo, lion, leopard,
elephant, giraffe, spotted hyaena, zebra, topi, roan, eland and more. The Park
also boasts almost 500 species of birds including the spectacular shoebill with
its implausibly massive bill and the near-endemic red-faced barbet.
Magashi Camp has been opened in Akagera National Park in
mid-March 2019. In partnership with the Rwanda Development Board and
conservation group African Parks the six-tented camp, called Magashi, is
situated in the north-eastern part of Akagera overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga -
home to one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, some very large crocodiles,
and (hidden within its wetlands) the secretive sitatunga and shoebill stork.
At the camp guests will be able to view a range of
wildlife on expertly guided game drives, walks and boating trips.