Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa. Notable plains wildlife include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bush babies often seen on night drives. Of the larger predator’s leopard, hyena and side-striped jackal are still present although lion and black rhino will be re-introduced soon which will then mark this park as a ‘big 5’ wildlife destination. Due to its wide variety of habitats the birdlife here is exceptional with almost 500 species.
Located on the shores of Lake Ihema, the main deck in the communal area has stunning views of the lake and there is even a fireplace to keep you warm on cool evenings. Each of the seven luxury tents have en-suite facilities with hot running water and a private veranda.