Akagera National Park is located in the northeast of Rwanda, along the border with Tanzania. The park is named after the Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a number of lakes within the park. It covers an area of 1,122 km2 and ranges in altitude from 1,160 to 2,500m. Akagera National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and many bird species, founded in 1934, making it one of the oldest protected areas in Africa. In 1997, parts of the park were degazetted to make way for settlements, reducing the park to its current size of 1,122 km2. In 2010, the Rwandan government signed an agreement with African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation, to manage Akagera for a period of 25 years. Since then, African Parks has invested heavily in improving the infrastructure and reintroducing wildlife species that had been previously hunted out of the park.
The park is open to visitors and offers a wide range of activities including game viewing, boat rides on Lake Ihema, and hiking and guided walks. There are also accommodation options within the park, ranging from luxury lodges to more basic camping sites.
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