Akagera National Park

An iconic Rwandan park that plays its part in broadening the range of options for visitors to the country

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Geographically, Akagera occupies a unique space where the East African savannah converges with Central African rainforests. The Akagera River’s presence further accentuates its ecological value, enticing a diverse range of fauna. Its stories, traditions, and ongoing challenges shape Akagera’s socio-cultural backdrop, offering a wealth of experiences to visitors.

Not far from the park, the Gishanda Fish Farm has emerged as an example of sustainable enterprise. Launched in 2022, this project focuses on tilapia farming, thereby supporting both community livelihoods and ecological well-being. Over two trans-formative decades, Akagera has championed community development parallel to biodiversity restoration. With unwavering support, the park is advancing towards achieving self-sustainability. Today, it not only boasts of housing Rwanda’s only rhino population but also thrives with burgeoning wildlife numbers in an enriched ecosystem.

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Although Akagera is really one of the great year round destinations, the best time to visit Akagera National Park is generally in the months from June to October and December to February as this constitutes the dry season. During these months, the scarcity of water compels a myriad of species to congregate around limited water sources, rendering them more visible and thus easier to observe. Moreover, the vegetation is less dense, enhancing not only visibility but also the efficacy of photography, a crucial component for many on safari.

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Akagera, Rwanda


Akagera’s activities are as diverse as its landscapes. Embark on game drives to observe the park’s varied wildlife. Navigate Lake Ihema’s waters with boat trips, presenting unparalleled aquatic vistas. Bird enthusiasts will find Akagera a haven, with over 550 species recorded. And for those seeking tranquility, fishing trips on the park’s water bodies are a must.

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Conservation Projects

African Parks has been instrumental in Akagera National Park’s conservation success, particularly through its strategic collaboration with the Rwandan government. One of their landmark achievements has been the reintroduction of rhinos, a species absent from Rwanda for over a decade. This effort involved not just relocation, but comprehensive planning, including habitat management and community engagement. The return of the rhinos serves as a significant milestone in restoring the park’s ecological balance and offers a model for sustainable coexistence between wildlife and local communities.

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Connectivity and logistics

Located just 110 kilometers from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, a smooth 2½ hour drive facilitates the transition from urban life to wilderness. The journey can be enriched by a stop at the Nyabarongo Wetlands, a biologically diverse area adjacent to a Nile tributary.

Our Approach

Remote, Exclusive, Seamless

At Fitzroy, we emphasize personal interactions and a bespoke service from start to finish, valuing traditional engagement methods over digital communication. As primarily an offline business, we focus on face-to-face and telephone consultations to provide tailored guidance based on your unique interests.

We invite you to contact us for a meeting or telephone conversation, allowing us to understand and craft your travel plans to meet your specific expectations and preferences.

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