Made up of numerous lakes and surrounding forests, rolling
highlands and vast savannah plains, the terrain here is some of the
most diverse for a reserve anywhere in Africa. Consequently the
biodiversity is fantastic and the park forms the largest protected
wetland in central Africa. In fact, over 500 bird species call the
park home and even the elusive shoebill can be spotted.
Thanks to the recent re-introduction of black rhino, the park is
now officially also a Big Five destination. Elephant, buffalo and
zebra are all found in large numbers and leopard, hyena,
side-striped jackal and lion are all frequently spotted too.
That said, when it comes to big game Akagera has had a troubled
history. Despite being officially founded in 1934, much of the park
was re-allocated for farming, which led to a decline in the game
numbers. However, in recent years a dedicated conservation effort
has pushed back on farming and numerous game have been
re-introduced to the area, making it a great safari destination