Akagera National Park is situated in the Eastern region near Kimbugu city. The park derives its name from Akagere River which flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. Akagera can be easily reached by public and private means- it is approximately 1-2 hours drive.
Like Volcanoes National Park, Akagera national park is also among the first Gazetted National parks in Africa – it was officially announced a national park in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three eco regions: savannah, mountain and swamp.
The major tourist activities in Akagera include Game drives to see animals like Elephants, Zebras, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Antelopes, bush babies, Water buck among others. Over 525 species of birds are found Akagera National park including shoe bill storks among others.
Boat cruise safaris rewards visitors, the view of water loving birds and animals like Hippos, Buffaloes, crocodiles, elephants among others. Lake Ihema provides the best boat cruise safaris – The boats are constructed with a clear plat form for viewing and excellent photographing. While on the boat safaris, visitors get a chance of viewing wild games up close.