Akagera National Park is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland and a conservation success story. Bouncing back from being overgrazed and poorly managed, it has seen the reintroduction of lion and black rhino and is thriving once again.
This vast national park suffered greatly in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Much of the wildlife had been poached and the park had been overgrazed, depleting the natural resources. In 2010, Africa Parks together with Rwanda Development Board embarked on the ambitious path to turn the fortunes of the park around. Very quickly poaching was almost completely eliminated and in 2015, lion were reintroduced, followed by black rhino in 2017, and white rhino shortly afterwards.
Today the park generates an income for local communities and provides a home for countless birds and animals, including some large crocodile, monstrous in size, and one of Africa’s highest densities of hippo. Akagera has some of the most scenic savannah in East Africa and there are a number of lovely tented camps and lodges to choose from.