A trip to Africa without a safari parkis not complete. From Kigali in Akagera National Park, tourists can eliminate the urge to go to the safari in just two and a half hours. Under the management of the African Parks Organization, Akagera and its biodiversity have significantly recovered from near destruction after the Rwandan genocide.
This vast area of 1,140 square kilometers-one of the largest protected wetlands in Central Africa-now has all the animals on the five continents, as well as an abundance of birds and antelopes.
You must be lucky to see a lion or a rhino;environmentalists are still trying to increase their population, and at present, the population of Akagera is not large. However, you can easily see zebras, hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, and giraffes during the self-drive tour.
The landscape itself is as spectacular as the animals that live here. You will see a brilliant transformation of the environment from the prairie plains to the wetlands and lakes. Hire a helpful guide at the park’s visitor center. They know where to find animals
Background History of Akagera national park.
Compared to the brink of disappearance more than 20 years ago, the Akagera National Parkin Rwanda is now almost completely unrecognizable. The aftermath of the 1994 genocide had a devastating impact on the environment, making the story of its resurgence even more compellingg.
In 2010, African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) took over the management of Akagera National Park, turning the park’s development trajectory from a forgotten trajectory into prosperity and hope. From the beginning, there was a clear shared vision: to transform Akagera from an impoverished landscape flooded by more than 30,000 head of cattle into an income-generating park for the benefit of humans and wildlife.
Effective law enforcement and strong community participation are the foundation for rehabilitation. After nearly eliminating poaching in just five years, the lion was reintroduced in 2015, followed by the black rhino reintroduced to European zoos in 2017 and 2019. The number of wild animals has increased from less than 5,000 in 2010 to more than 13,000, and it continues to rise. In addition to serving as a haven for wildlife, the park has also started supporting income-generating businesses in local communities.
Today, Akagera National Park continues to serve 300,000 people who live near its borders and benefit directly from its existence. Due to our track record in Akagera and successful cooperation with RDB for more than 10 years, the government again signed a long-term agreement to own African parks in October 2020, this time to manage Nyungwe National Park. The Rwandan government is demonstrating how protected areas with clear vision and proper management can support humans and wildlife for a long time.