Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park stretches from north to south eastern Rwanda, covering an area of 1085sq km. Set at a relatively low altitude and doted with numerous swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera R iver, this park could not be more different from the cultivated hills that characterise much of Rwanda. There is much game to be seen in Akagera. More than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi , bushbuck, tsessebe and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.

Elephant ,buffalo, zebra and the spotted hyena can also be seen at various watering holes. Akagera National Park is a bird watchers paradise with over 525 species of birds, some of the continent's most dense concentrations of waterbirds, while the connecting marshes are the haunt of the endangered and exquisite papyrus gonolek, and the bizarre shoebill stork - the latter perhaps the most eagerly sought of all African birds.