Akagera National Park
Named after the river that runs through it, Akagera National Park is the largest protected wetland and last sanctuary for savanna-adapted wildlife in Rwanda. Recovery and re-population have since blessed the park after the Rwandan Civil War in the 1990s and is now home to a thriving population of wildlife including the Big Five. While not highly-developed as many national parks or reserves in Africa, Akagera National Park offers an insight into human conservation efforts at re-introducing wildlife population as well as a pristine sanctuary.
Why Akagera National Park?
Home to the Big Five, Akagera National Park has made stunning recoveries to its wildlife population after the Rwandan Civil War in the 90s. The focus on conservation and restoration has been commendable to re-introduce wildlife species back into the park including elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, black rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and various species of antelopes, baboons as well as big predators like the lions, leopards, hyenas and more.