Situated in the North Eastern Part of Rwanda close to the border of Tanzania, the park covers an area of 1,200 kms2 (120,000 ha) and was officially opened as a tourist attraction in 1934 to protect wildlife fauna, flora in the three eco regions i.e Savannah, swamp and mountain. It was named after the prominent River Akagera which flows beside the Eastern Boundary pouring its waters in numerous lakes like Lake Ihema which is the largest. There are many different wildlife animal species that inhabit the various regions in the park and these include; Sitatunga, elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland, duiker antelopes, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. The primates that are usually spotted here include; olive baboons, vervets and secretive blue monkey, bush babies which are usually seen during night. There are other wildlife animal species that have also been re-introduced to the park and these include; the leopard, hyena, side-striped jackal, lion as well as the endangered black Rhino. Other than the wildlife, the park also inhabits numerous brilliant bird species which include 500 different species have been recorded and some of these include the sought after Shoebill stork, papyrus Gonolek and water birds. For all travelers around looking to enjoy wildlife safari vacations in Rwanda should transfer to this amazing National park to experience the best. There are a number of safari activities travelers all over the world can take on and the park entrance fees are Rwandese US $20, foreign internationals-US $40 per person, EA residents-US $30 per person. These include;
- Bird watching; other than the wildlife animals that inhabit the park, there are numerous species of birds that inhabit the thick green forest vegetation. There are 500 species recorded in the park and these include; intensities of waterfowls, rare papyrus Gonolek, red faced barbet and the sought after swamp fly catcher.
- Game Drives; this is the most prominent safari activity carried out in the park due to the numerous tracks the on which the visitors transfer from to spot the beautiful wildlife animal species wandering from one side of the park to another. The night game drives cost US $40 per adult and US $25 per child. These are very remarkable to experience especially when in company with a knowledgeable and skilled guide who is well informed about the various wildlife animals as well as their different habitats.
- Boat Cruises; these are also remarkable to take on and are done along the beautiful Lake Ihema which includes numerous forest vegetation and along the cruise, you will spot hippos as well as crocodiles beneath the water. You will spot many different birds as well flying from one place to another. These are scheduled four different times a day i.e 7.30am, 9am, 3.30pm and 5pm and private cruises can also be arranged after prior request. These cost US $35 per adult and US $20 per child in the Morning and Afternoon. At sunset, these cost US $40 per adult and US $30 per child. Private cruises can also be arranged and they cost US $180 per person.
- Sports fishing; if you want to do sports fishing, you will transfer to Lake Shakani with your own sports fishing equipment or hire to enjoy the best experiences. The permit costs US $25 per adult and US $15 per child.