The Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. It is named after the Akagera river, the most remote tributary of the mighty Nile, which flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes, the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The lakes dominate the landscape and give the park its scenic beauty, with vegetation consisting of acacia and brachystegia woodland coupled with scattered grassland and swamp-fringed lakes.
The park has suffered in the past from heavy poaching and human encroachment, with refugee camps now well established in parts of the north. However, today the remaining areas of the national park support dense populations of water birds, while plains wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, lions and antelope species (such as impalas, oribis and bushbucks) can be seen as they make their way to drink by the water’s edge.
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