Akagera National Park, Rwanda
Rwanda's only Big Five Reserve
Akagera National Park’s rolling highlands, savannah plains and swamp-fringed lakes make up the largest protected wetland in central Africa, and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted animals and plants in Rwanda. Despite being a relatively small park at just 1,122 km², it is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including a number of rare species such as the shoebill and sitatunga.
Since African Parks assumed management of Akagera with the Rwanda Development Board and established the Akagera Management Company (AMC) in 2010, the partnership has led to several flagship projects, including the reintroduction of lions after a 20-year absence, and plans are now in place to reintroduce black rhino. Akagera is well on track to becoming Rwanda’s only Big Five park and a premiere tourism destination, which is helping the park become financially self-sustaining.