Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is indeed coming into its own. Located in eastern Rwanda, the park has been under the management of African Parks in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board since 2010, following years of neglect and poaching.
Today, poaching has essentially been eliminated, and wildlife has returned thanks to excellent land management practices. In the north, Magashi has an ideal lakeside spot within its own concession inside the park where highly-trained guides will take you out on game drives, walks, and boating trips to find lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, giraffe, spotted hyaena, zebra, topi, roan, eland and more. Ruzizi tented camp by African Parks is a more laidback option with a Swiss Family Robinson-esque vibe. Lions were re-introduced in 2015, and black rhinos in 2017. The Park also boasts almost 500 species of birds, including the very rare shoebill with its implausibly massive bill and the near-endemic red-faced barbet. All this is in one of the most scenic savanna settings in East Africa–open plains, woodlands, lakes, swamps, and grassy low mountains.
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